In a World of Kaushals and Khurranas, Where Does King Khan Now Stand?

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In a World of Kaushals and Khurranas, Where Does King Khan Now Stand?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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t’s been a fascinating year for Bollywood. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh started off the year with Padmaavat – that defied Karni Sena’s numerous threats and box-office expectations – and are ending it with a big fat Indian wedding. Veere Di Wedding, a film made by women and for women, found more takers than Race 3, a Salman Khan vanity show packaged for the over-populated Bhaiverse. In between, a horror comedy became the flavour of the season, while audiences guaranteed that the statute of limitations on doing a Namaste to England finally expired.

In fact, this year is proof that Bollywood is finally responding to some long overdue overhaul. And this change is telling in the year’s two biggest winners as well: Actors, who haven’t been cocooned in Karan Johar launchpads or met Bollywood’s standards of attractiveness. Instead, they’re two unassuming men, who’ve shattered the romanticised idea of a leading romantic hero: Vicky Kaushal and Ayushmann Khurrana.

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