SRK as Jung Kyung-ho’s character in the popular K-drama? Yes! With Kajol making the perfect Nam Haeng-seon (Jeon Do-Yeon)
Last Updated: 01.01 PM, Feb 24, 2023
Calling all fans of Shah Rukh Khan! Have you been binge-watching the K-drama hit, Crash Course in Romance? If you have, then you'll know that lead actor Jung Kyung-ho is slaying as the popular instructor in the private education field, Choi Chi-yeol. But here's a thought: have you ever imagined our very own Baadshah, Shah Rukh Khan, in that role?
Perhaps it’s his mannerisms, charisma, or the way he smiles, Kyung-ho as Choi Chi-yeol seems all the more attractive because I am constantly drawing parallels between him and SRK. So, this got me thinking. What would an Indian remake of Crash Course in Romance look like with Shah Rukh as the male lead? And, wait for it, Kajol as Nam Haeng-seon, played by Jeon Do-Yeon. Can you also picture it now? Yes? No? Not yet? Okay, it’s time to make a case for this.
In the series, Chi-yeol and Haeng-seon are both mature characters. Considering that SRK and Kajol were well accepted as mature characters in the 2015 film Dilwale, can’t you totally see them acing these roles? Since 1995 (yes, I’m referring to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge), Kajol and Shah Rukh’s onscreen chemistry has been believable and electric, which is essential for bringing the romance between the two characters to life. What better pairing could there be for this series?
And they’re both still so good looking! Even though he’s 57, SRK can give any 20-year-old a run for his money. What further proof do you need than seeing the King in action in Pathaan – those washboard abs, chiselled jaw and his unmissable energy!
Kajol has been going through a fashion evolution post Dilwale and she really is looking her best. But she has shown that she can go de-glam, in films such as Salaam Venky, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Devi, making for the perfect Haeng-seon.
One Trillion Won Man
Let’s face it: It’s not hard to imagine Shah Rukh as a wealthy man who drives a fancy car and lives in an upscale neighbourhood, like Chi-yeol, who is nicknamed the ‘One Trillion Won Man’ for the amount of wealth he has. Chi-yeol is suave, handsome, and has women of all ages going ga-ga over him, much like King Khan. Plus, he has a killer attitude, but is a softie inside: all traits that Shah Rukh has displayed with ease in his career (and real life) – think Pathaan, Kal Ho Na Ho, Dil To Pagal Hai, Swades, Dear Zindagi, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, and Chak De! India.
From being at loggerheads to falling in love
Chi-yeol and Haeng-seon start off as being almost adversaries, then go on to being two people who care about each other, and finally fall in love despite their unusual circumstances. Also, while Chi-yeol is wealthy, Haeng-seon is struggling to make ends meet. Tell me this doesn’t remind you of Kajol and SRK in Diwale and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham!
There is nothing overtly sexual in the romance between Chi-yeol and Haeng-seon. Instead, it is a sweet, innocent, warm, and caring sort of romance between two people who are attracted to each other and want to be together as companions. This has pretty much been Shah Rukh’s brand of romance throughout his career, and Mohabbatein instantly comes to mind. Plus, a romance like this is completely believable between Shah Rukh and Kajol, since we have already seen it in My Name is Khan.
So, if you're a die-hard fan of Shah Rukh Khan and K-dramas, you know what to do. Let's rally together and make this Indian remake of Crash Course in Romance happen, with the Badshah of Bollywood as the leading man. Who's with us?