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a fan can dream

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Everyone's talking about Aseem Chhabra's  "Is it too much to now expect Shahrukh Khan to do a good film?"  Here's what I think. I wish the title said "to do more roles that challenge his acting skills" instead of "good film," but I understand why titles are the way they are.  I too wish he would do more films that challenge his acting skills. The films praised in the piece— Chak De , Swades (and I'd add Paheli )—are among my favorites, not just of his but from anyone in Bollywood.  Shahrukh in a Vishal Bhardwaj film MUST HAPPEN PLEASE OH PLEASE. Or maybe even better, a Dibakar Banerjee film.   It seems to me Shahrukh has experimented in cinema lately—(only?) within the broader category of "mass entertainer," sometimes even as producer. Don 2 was him playing with being a villain again after all this time (though in a flagrantly villain-centric film). Chennai Express  was his attempt to see if he could find a flavor of s