Friday, 30 October 2020

Alternate Best Actor 1994: Shah Rukh Khan in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa

Shah Rukh Khan did not receive an Oscar nomination for portraying Sunil in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa.
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is a decent enough rom com musical about a day dreamer musician and naturally the woman he wants to woo.

Shah Rukh Khan plays the ne're-do-well "hero" who dreams of marrying the woman he loves Anna (Suchitra Krishnamoorthi) though really without much of an honest plan. Khan here has the requisite qualities for such a role as the loafer romantic. This being a charm and eagerness that ensures likability while it would be quite easy to dislike his character without those qualities. Khan brings the needed goofy sort of energy though to his portrayal. This throwing himself head first into the musical numbers with a lot needed cheer and just in general finding the right sort affable qualities of the character. This even in presenting the character's dreaming with the right sort of sloppy optimism. There's a distinct lack of thought in Khan's reactions that are kind of needed in portraying the man who really doesn't have any real plan to achieve his goals, but rather thinks he can just sort of dance his way into her heart. Khan's natural charisma carries us past really the more despicable elements about this, and properly sets us up for buying into his foolhardy endeavor. 

His endeavor that is indeed that. A method most questionable as so many a romantic "hero" goes about engaging in deception to win his love, here in sabotaging Anna's own suitor. Although unlike many he actually gets called out for his nonsense. Khan's good though in showing really the honest spirit behind the actions in presenting the pretty straight sense of love in his eyes in the moment though while also not hiding the emotionally shallow manner in which he decries her suitor and lies as boldface as possible. In the latter though he ease nicely by playing it with frankly enough, well stupidity, to present the right kind of naivety in the deception. This as Khan makes it the actions less of a master manipulator and far more so a sloppy fool with a bad plan. This as though Sunil is rejected for this approach and kicked out of his band, as Anna and the other suitor was a fellow member of it.. Only being able to rejoin through the old fashion musical rescue during a  disastrous performance, however still leaves him as the unloved one. Khan's genuinely moving though in the moments of reflect on his state of sadness just showing the blunt heartbreak of it all, fitting for an overt romantic such as Sunil. Although I do think this film suffers from the flaws of many of this ilk, that being it is overlong, but Khan's work is consistently winning in portraying the transference from the petulant romantic to a more mature one as the story goes on. This as not following traditional expectations Sunil isn't meant for his intended love after all. Khan is effective in showing the maturity even within still keeping that energetic charm. This as his reactions convey more so an understanding of really all those around him rather than that singular focus upon his sole goal. Khan's work finds the gradual increase in really the nuance in the character while importantly losing none of his charm. This in emphasizing really that sense of real introspection and empathy that ends up being rather moving. This as he manages to express the action of someone blindly in love, then later truly in love. In earlier aspect Khan being a properly endearing fool, then later a heartbroken, but honest man. 


Anonymous said...

Hey guys!
Say who you think gets 5 in the best lineup: lead actress, supporting actress and supporting actor from 2020. For me ...

- Lead Actress: Jessie Buckley, Olivia Colman, Sidney Flanigan, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand and Andrea Riseborough (Possessor)

- Suppporting Actress: Youn Yhu-jung, Essie Davis, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Jella Haase (Berlin Alexanderplatz)

- Supporting Actor: Charles Dance, Nicholas Hoult and Albrecht Schuch (Berlin Alexanderplatz)

Matt Mustin said...

Watched a really cool Canadian horror film called Pontypool from 2009. Stephen McHattie is amazing and definitely worth a review that year.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I'd go higher for him myself, but I am glad that you liked his performance overall.

Tim said...

what would you think about these as the 12 Angry Men:

1: Shae Whigham
2: Jonah Hill
3: Gary Sinise/Chris Cooper
4: Jude Law
5: Dev Patel
6: Woody Harrelson
7: John Hawkes
8: Viggo Mortensen
9: F. Murray Abraham
10: Robert De Niro/John Lithgow
11: Christoph Waltz
12: William H. Macy


Tim said...

alternative for 8: Sterling K. Bown

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Ratings and thoughts on the rest of the case?

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...


Louis Morgan said...


1 - (Properly sort of basic official manner)
2 - (I could see it, definitely has the right meek streak)
3 - (I think I'd prefer the former as a bit more unexpected.)
4 - (Certainly could bring the right kind of precision needed for the part)
5 - (Modern day Patel definitely)
6 - (Ideal honestly, brings the right sincere good old boy presence.)
7 - (I'd imagine close to Warden's portrayal which isn't a bad thing.)
8 - (Love the choice, as a likely more reluctant hero)
9 - (Love the choice)
10 - (I mean an unidentified type of bigot I could see it from both, though I think this is role that is better to play around with a bit.)
11: - (I think the part now really needs to be a minority immigrant as well, as just a general immigrant was more alienating in 57, I think that sense of idea needs to be part of the character.)
12: - (Sure he could be probably indecisive)


Krishnamurthy - 3.5(The role is purposefully at a certain distance however I think she does find a nice balance within this sort of limitation. This in bringing the right sort of genuine charm and luminous quality, but also the technical distance within her interactions Khan that suggests an underlying lack of connection after all. She brings though in her reactions the right sense of nuance of later understanding his actions.)

Tijori -3(A decent enough portrayal of the "other guy" this bringing in just enough of his own earnestness in the relationship to accept really the eventual outcome.)

Shah - 3.5(Effective as the warm yet also mentoring figure in his interactions with Khan. There in even in the moments of giving him rightful questions about his behavior there is the sense of concern in his manner even when he is properly judging Sunil's mistakes.)

Michael McCarthy said...

Aw, hell.

RIP Sean Connery