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From Fauji to Raees, Shah Rukh reflects on 26 years in film industry

In an emotional video, the actor picked his good, bad and ugly films, that he loved and was part of over a 26-year career in Hindi cinema. 

Shriram Iyengar

On Friday, producer and designer Gauri Khan shared a video of her husband, actor Shah Rukh Khan, speaking about 26 years of his career in Hindi cinema. The video, tagged '26 years of memories,' featured Shah Rukh listing off his memorable, best and worst films with equanimity, while talking about his journey through the industry. 

Shah Rukh made his debut in Hindi cinema with the film Deewana (1992) on 26 June. The video, perhaps made on the 26 anniversary of his debut, captured the actor reminiscing about the journey by recalling the key moments in it. 

"It's been 26 years and I've learnt a lot on this roller coaster ride of love, hate, happiness, and sometimes sadness," says Shah Rukh as he leads into the beginnings of his journey with Deewana (1992), Baazigar (1993), Darr (1993) and Anjaam (1994). 

It was Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge (1995) that truly established his credentials as a box office superstar, but Shah Rukh reminisces that it was perhaps the love for his character, Raj. "The lines were blurry," he says. 

The actor also remembers 1997 for the birth of his son, Aryan. Speaking about it, he says, "I still tell him that he was delivered by a stork, though he is old enough to know how babies are made." All of his children, Suhana and AbRam included, find mention in the video as some of the most memorable achievements of his life. While he smiled wryly about the flop of Happy New Year (2014), the actor found solace saying, "If his father's shenanigans on screen made AbRam happy, it was good enough". 

Interestingly, Shah Rukh does not shy away from remembering the bad films along with the good. Films like Asoka (2001), Paheli (2005), and Happy New Year (2014) find mentions in the video. He even says that Ra.One (2011) offered him a chance to play out a 'childhood dream' of being a superhero. While the film remains one of the actor's bigger flops, he promised, "I still might make a sequel to that one." 

Shah Rukh also reminisced about his journey as a producer, which began with Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000). The actor recollects that the year taught him to 'take risks'. 

While his filmography of the 2000s recollects films like Devdas (2002), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Main Hoon Na (2004),  Chak De! (2007) (one of my proudest films, he says), Don (2006), there is a glaring omission. 

The actor fails to mention Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades: We The People (2004) or Karan Johar's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). That could be down to shortage of time. 

In his signature witty style, Shah Rukh even brought up the sly hint at the Wankhede fiasco, which saw him get into a scuffle with a security guard at the stadium in 2012, saying, "All the brickbats I've got unleashed the baddie in me. I brought out the Don, which I am not very proud of, at a cricket stadium, which I should not talk about." 

Finishing off, the star says he continues to be 'playing a vertically challenged person, but still standing tall' a reference to his upcoming film, Zero (2018) with Aanand L Rai. 

As he thanked his fans for loving him so much, the actor warned that he is not done yet. "26 years, which is half my life, but abhi bhi aisa lagta hai, picture abhi baaki hai mere dost" (I still feel that the picture still has some way to go).

It looks like the actor is preparing for another chapter to add to his long career.