How Shah Rukh Khan came to be 'spirit of post-liberalisation, feelgood, ambitious, assertive India'

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Shah Rukh Khan.
Shah Rukh Khan.
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Shah Rukh Khan is Bollywood's most popular star and, at 57, still its biggest sex symbol, whose silver-screen repertoire of dance, romance and shoot-em-up heroics made him the cinematic avatar of a changing India.

"King Khan" - whose moniker reflects decades of box office dominance - is a rare unifying figure across India's multiple geographic, linguistic and religious faultlines.

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