“I Sold My Soul For a Million Dollars”

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“I Sold My Soul For a Million Dollars”

Illustration: Namaah/ Arré

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minute-long trailer for Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees drops on the eve of Eid 2015. There he strides, a Muslim bootlegger, through what might just be the 2002 Godhra riots, surma Bhopali and a flash of fire in his eyes. It’s a second coming, leaving us wanting and wanton. In just a minute, Shah Rukh Khan commandeers the kind of veneration, formerly reserved, well, for him. But a former self.

In the Khan triad, Salman is slotted as socialist Bhai, Aamir is the self-appointed messiah of satya, and then there’s the king, our Badshah Khan. He turned 50 last year and the birthday came with back-presents for us. Dilwale – the reunion of the original rab-bani jodi, his first film under the Yash Raj banner since the death of his mentor – came out this past December only to be met by reviews that compared it to a Windows screensaver. But now there’s Fan, directed by Maneesh Sharma, on the threshold of release – on its heels will be Raees slated for a July opening. From the ashes of a creatively barren year, these are the stirrings of a phoenix rising.

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