Zero Review: Proof of Everything Wrong with the Cult of SRK

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Zero Review: Proof of Everything Wrong with the Cult of SRK

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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here can be no bigger deceit than Shah Rukh Khan’s turn as 38-year-old Bauua Singh – a Meerut man afflicted with dwarfism – in Hindi cinema this year. It’s a fact universally acknowledged that SRK will play a version of himself in every role that he essays, but it feels especially galling in Anand L Rai’s Zero.

The film opens with a satisfying pulpy sequence where Bauua dreams of a magnetic version of himself, where he isn’t bogged down by height-fuelled insecurities. In those brief moments, he is the hero who saves the “izzat” of an oppressed woman and confronts baddies in French. And for the next 165 minutes, Rai and Zero solely concern themselves with guaranteeing that 53-year-old SRK is that hero – and not Bauua Singh, an ordinary person attracted to any opportunity that allows him to overlook his shortcomings.

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