#100days100scenes : the struggler and the nukkad spirit

Before Shah Rukh Khan became the megastar he is now, he was the guy from your Nukkad ( the alley you stay). He seemed like one of the guys who will be fighting to get into a bus or train , struggling to get that first job but always having the ambition to make it big. SRK did not come from a family that had movie roots , so he really took the longest path to stardom - starting with TV, then doing anti-hero roles first and then finally the hero and then the superstar. Maybe because he played that character in Circus or is his first movie was with Kundan Shah ( Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa) , this struggler aspect of him as always been the key reason to like him in the movies from Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, to Yes boss. He made that cut from ordinary to extraordinary.

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is a take on the marginally morally ambiguous theme but never going fully astray.  As in the song the only admonishment is that ' sada tune Aib dekha hunar ko na dekha' ( you saw his faults, never his talent). However the movie that typifies the Nukkad spirit and the struggler character and a story as old as the 50s ( Shree 420) where a nice guy forgets his poor past when getting richer is Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman.

This scene shows the Nukkad gang trying to eavesdrop on the blossoming romance between Shahrukh and Juhi. Nana Patekar as the 'guru' who has seen it all, provides 'running commentary' on what will happen and Juhi gives a flying kiss from the chawl and Shahrukh Khan catches it.

Nukkad, Struggler , Puppy love over chaat not cafe latte , before we all turned global denizens waxing eloquently on gourmet food, there was a Raju in all of us, atleast in me.