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The Ten Worst Shah Rukh Khan Movies

Last updated on: October 31, 2011 19:42 IST

Image: Sonali Bendre and Shah Rukh Khan in English Babu Desi Mem
Raja Sen in Mumbai
The biggest budget Indian movie of all time may be earning cash at the box office, but people don't seem impressed, right from you, dear readers, to critics.

Not that Ra.One is Khan's only disaster.
Here's my list of the 10 worst films Shah Rukh Khan's been in: 

10. English Babu Desi Mem

The first time Khan played more than one character in the same movie, he didn't stop at a double-role. Shah Rukh played twin sons and their father in this frequently cringeworthy film which also features Sunny Singh, that cute kid from Dekh Bhai Dekh, being as annoying as can be. 

9. Karan Arjun

Image: Salman Khan, Rakhee and Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Arjun
Before the triple-role, however, he did technically play two parts in this unbelievably cheesy Rakesh Roshan reincarnation saga starring Shah Rukh alongside Salman Khan.

To their credit, both leading men commit to the hamming, but are quite outdone by Rakhee wailing "mere bete aayenge" seemingly drunkenly.

8. Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!

Image: Deepa Sahi and Shah Rukh Khan in Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!
Director Ketan Mehta tried to do a lot with this madcap satire featuring dialogues in verse and India being sold for one rupee. But despite the occasional moment or two of clarity, this is a muddled up and quite atrocious mess of a film.

Credit to Khan for doing this the same year he did Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, his biggest mainstream success.

7. Ye Lamhe Judaai Ke

Image: Shah Rukh Khan and Raveena Tandon in Ye Lamhe Judaai Ke
Made in 1994 and released in 2004, this is a film worth watching only for academic reasons, to see perhaps how well it ages.
The answer? Not well at all. Shah Rukh lacks the intensity we associate with even his weaker films in this boring mishmash of genres.

6. Mohabbatein

Image: Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan in Mohabbatein
All of India expected something truly special from Aditya Chopra in his follow-up feature after the hyper-successful DDLJ.
Despite casting Khan and Amitabh Bachchan together, this insipid feature proved to be nothing but an amazingly pointless vehicle for star kids who had no business being in the movies.

5. Ra.One

Image: Shah Rukh Khan in Ra.One
Ra.One, in which Shah Rukh Khan payed out nearly Rs 200 crore to make a film without an ounce of ingenuity, humour or smarts.

If you want to see Khan grab between Arjun Rampal's legs, however, this is the film for you.

4. Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

Image: Preity Zinta and Shah Rukh Khan in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

One of Khan's most insufferable performances came in this Karan Johar film, a disastrous effort that can only be describes as a romcom about infidelity.

Khan, playing an irritable loser with a limp, took the character's affliction too literally and gave us a truly lame lead.

3. Koyla

Image: Madhuri Dixit and Shah Rukh Khan in Koyla
The only interesting thing about this obscenely loud Rakesh Roshan melodrama is the amount of suffering the villain Amrish Puri manages to inflict upon the hero Khan and heroine Madhuri Dixit.

It is a testament to the movie's ugliness that we constantly root for Puri to kill 'em both and get it over with.

2. Hum Tumhaare Hain Sanam

Image: Madhuri Dixit and Shah Rukh Khan in Hum Tumhaare Hain Sanam
Starring Khan, Dixit, Salman and Aishwarya Rai, this bizarre cinematic artifact -- rumouredly directed by upto five people over a period of several years -- has long been a toast for fans of so-bad-it's-good schlock.

It's a must watch, particularly for the scene involving a drunken SRK talking to the statue of a horse.

1. Devdas

Image: Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Devdas
Objectionable on every level -- as a blasphemous literary adaptation, a very bad cinematic remake, a hideous incarnation of screen Bengali, and as an unforgivable waste of Khan and Dixit -- this Sanjay Leela Bhansali film is not just the worst thing Khan's been in (even though he got the accent and diction spot-on) but also, in my opinion, the worst film I've ever seen on a big screen.