Press Trust of India
November 07, 2012 16:03 IST
SRK believes there is more to him as an actor.
He rose to superstardom with
romantic hits like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dil To
Pagal Hai and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai but Shah Rukh Khan says he
hates being called just the 'King of Romance'.
Starting his Bollywood journey with 1992 film
Deewana, Shah Rukh went on to play anti-hero successfully in
films like Darr, Baazigar and Anjaam.
But, it was 1995 film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,
that cemented his image as an romantic hero. SRK, who recently
turned 47, believes there is more to him as an actor.
"I can proclaim that girls love me in romantic roles.
With all due respect, I would rather be called a 'King' than
the 'King of Romance'. I am an actor. I have done 75 films and
have spent 21 years in the industry and would like to believe
that I have done it differently," Shah Rukh told PTI.
"I had hated to be (called) just the 'King of
Romance'. I enjoyed doing Don. I was completely in love with
how I approached my role in My Name Is Khan. I would like to
be remembered as an actor who is trying hard in a commercial
set-up," he said.
SRK has won acclaim for his roles in films like
Swades, Chak De India and My Name Is Khan and the actor
believes that he is not confined to a romantic image.
"I don't think I have any image of being a romantic
actor. When you say that I have done romance earlier, I have
to make sure that I have to do every role differently, which
becomes a little tough. I don't think I have done any romantic
characters that are similar," he said.
"The emotional side of all the characters I have
portrayed so far has been very different. The clothes or my
styling might be the same, but these things do not make a
character. These are just crutches."
Shah Rukh, who collaborated with Yash Chopra
successfully with films like Darr (1993), Dil To Pagal Hai
(1997), Veer Zaara (2004) and others, teamed up with the
director for Jab Tak Hai Jaan, which turned out to be
Mr Chopra's last directorial venture as he passed away last
"When it comes to Jab Tak Hai Jaan...I have always
loved working with Yashji (Yash Chopra). Our track record has
always been good as people have appreciated what we have done
together. I feel a little poignant about this film because
Yashji is no more, but I don't think the film should be a big
hit because he is not here. I wish he was here," Shah Rukh
"Every film that I do is very special for me. I don't
do films just for the sake of it or for fun. I do them because
I enjoy that part of my life. I am sometimes criticised of
working with my friends, but I work with people whom I enjoy
working with," he said.
In Jab Tak Hai Jaan, SRK will be seen playing the
role of an army officer Samar. One can recollect that Shah
Rukh started his career as an actor playing an army man in
Tele series Fauji.
"All kids aspire to become something when they are
young and I genuinely wanted to be an army officer. I was very
young when I was doing Fauji. I always like to have fun
while doing a film, which I did during Jab Tak Hai Jaan," he
"When I donned the uniform in Ladakh for the first
time, the real army men told me that I looked really good in
the uniform and it felt good. You feel very proud to play a
role that represents the most important section of the
country," he added.
Releasing on November 13, Jab Tak Hai Jaan will see
Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma romancing Shah Rukh.