Cast:Preetika Chawla, Shah Rukh Khan, Afzaal Khan and Makrand Deshpande
Shah Rukh Bola Khubsoorat Hai Tu is an occasionally engaging story about a flower girl, Laali played nicely by Preetika Chawla, whose life changes when Shah Rukh Khan stops at the signal where she sells flowers and compliments her on her beauty.
The superstar’s innocuous remark empowers her and has a domino effect on all the people in her life. The man who loves her feels rejected and stabs her; the bar girl who loves him takes over his life, insisting that he stops selling books and start driving an auto-rickshaw; and the local cop and a journalist become embroiled in the dramatic saga shaped by actor’s stray comment.
The film is a comment on our obsession with stars, on how deeply Hindi cinema permeates our lives and also, how cinema elevates ordinary people into deities. At one point, the cop says: Kaise aadmi God ban jata hai. Indeed Shah Rukh here, is a God whose one dialogue has ramifications that even he cannot even imagine. And like a celestial being, he is far removed from the grubby lives that he unknowingly alters.
Shah Rukh Bola... has moments of insight and irony. There is a real sweetness and ache to Laali’s devotion to the star. I also enjoyed the feisty, always-ready-for-a-fight bar girl but sadly Makrand’s script sags under the weight of his ideas and never takes off. A film like this required more inventive and flamboyant writing. The second half especially is repetitive and meandering and the characters aren’t engaging enough to carry the narrative. The boyfriend John is so limp that you wonder why any of these girls are willing to settle for him.
Shah Rukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu focuses on stardom but it just doesn’t have enough sparkle. See it if you must.