The year 2004 definitely belonged to Shahrukh 'King' Khan and Yash Chopra. Here is what the Tribune has to say:
"...Much of the credit for the success of Veer-Zaara rightfully went to Shah Rukh. Although his box office prowess was never in doubt, it was 2004 that saw his ultimate apotheosis. Main Hoon Na and Veer-Zaara catapulted him to a different stratosphere altogether, inviting comparisons with the one-time one-man industry Amitabh Bachchan..."
"...Shah Rukh came tantalisingly close to attaining the same sort of iconic halo, having delivered three resounding mega hits in the space of 12 months — Nikhil Advani’s Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na and Yash Chopra’s Veer-Zaara. The year drew to a close with Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades, in which the superstar clocked in with what was by far his most authentic screen performance to date."