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a fan can dream

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 southie masala herog…