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The three Khans have already completed 25 years in Bollywood and are still going strong because of their innate charm, which endears them to their audiences instantly (The Three Musketeers of Bollywood, Mar 16). They exemplify the break from the Amitabh era. Stardom is more pronounced today and the three Khans possess it handsomely, which also accounts for their own huge fan following. The Aamir of QSQT, the Salman of Maine Pyar Kiya and the Shahrukh of DDLJ surely stand out among the romantic male leads of the ’80s and the ’90s.
Zoheb Hasan, on e-mail
By wasting so many pages on the three obnoxious Khans, you have plumbed new lows in pulp journalism. I am not against the coverage of cinema, and had you featured Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal or Bimal Roy, it would have been in the fitness of things and in the journalistic traditions nurtured and kept alive by Vinod Mehta. But the Khans? Ugh!!!
N. Bajaj, Mumbai
What impresses me most about SRK’s movies are the sumptuous production values.
Shahrukh and Salman movies have been pure entertainers, SRK’s mostly romantic, and Salman’s with a lot of dhishum-dhishum. Aamir has delivered fewer but more off-beat, purposeful movies. For me, Shahrukh’s My Name is Khan, and Aamir’s Lagaan and Taare Zameen Par are memorable. Salman’s movies are eminently forgettable, despite breaking box-office records. Not even Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, the urban edition of Sachin starrer Nadiya ke Paar. Each of the Khans, however, has his own style and audience. They don’t have challengers yet.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow