Shahrukh Khan: Acting, not romance, is my forte

Thu, November 8, 2012 9:30am IST by
Shahrukh Khan: Acting, not romance, is my forte

Ahead of the release of his love story Jab Tak Hai Jaan on Diwali, Shahrukh Khan says he has done more non-romantic films than romantic ones

Shahrukh Khan may be known the world over as the ultimate icon of romance, but portraying him as the lover boy is over-simplification, says the actor.

“Honestly, I think acting is my forte. I think this (being a romantic hero) is oversimplification – only five out of the 75 films that I have done have been romantic. They have done well, but so have the other ones,” said Shahrukh, as he awaits the release of his much-anticipated romantic saga Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

SRK made it big initially with grey roles in Baazigar and Darr, but was labelled ‘king of romance’ following the stupendous success of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil Toh Pagal Hai and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He proved his versatility by featuring in action movies like Don 2 and issue-based films like My Name Is Khan, Chak De! India and Swades, but the tag stuck. His last love saga was the Aditya Chopra directed Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. He returns to the genre after a gap of four years with the late Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan, which releases on November 13 on Diwali.

Shahrukh will be seen wooing Katrina Kaif and Anushka Chopra in what he calls a modern love story. “Yashji wanted to make love stories. He said that we have had enough of these fighting films. I believed in him…. (with this film) he said he wanted to make a simple yet complicated film on human relations. It is a very modern interpretation (of love). (But) I think love remains the same,” he said. This is his fourth film with Yash Chopra as director after Darr (1993), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Veer-Zaara (2004).

SRK’s real-life approach to romance is simple. “When you should sit with who you love, you don’t need anything else – beach, candle, a car or anything. When you love someone, you don’t need anything else. The fact that you do need other things means that you don’t love that person,” said the actor who is happily married to Gauri Khan.

He added that his fans had formed an image on the basis of his screen appearance. “You will only know who I am from the impression you make of me from my films. You will never get to know how I really am because you don’t know me, neither do you spend time with me. And my larger-than-life image is so big that if I romance well, you will feel that I am a romantic. My image is so big already that whatever you think of me will be based on your perception of me from my films,” he said.

More than an actor, Shahrukh has become a brand. But nothing is more important than the acting, he says. “I feel that more than the brand, I just try to enjoy my acting. I have been enjoying it since 20 years. I don’t think I will stop soon. Till the time I get happiness, I will do it. Very few people get the chance of doing what they want to do, and very few get the chance of doing new things every day.”

“Sometimes I am romantic, sometimes I am dancing, fighting, going to new places…so I cherish these moments. I get excited and this shows on screen. Whatever role you give me, I will make it out to be something. It is like a challenge to me when I can add something (to my role),” he said.

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  • Afaque

    SRK, u r the most arrogant person. Stop praising yourself. Such an ugly looker

    • salman

      i think so SRK had fully taken a chance on katrina kaif.he was to hungery whenever katrina was close to her

  • irani

    SRK.. U R da REAL KING OF ROMACE. U ROCK shah rukh..

  • Zulqarnain

    He is ultimate king of industry, he is real greatest of time,amir ,ajay they are just flop action heroes, while srk has portrayed many real life image films, what everyone feels he is symbol of romance, because he is most viral at it, but he is most phenomenol in comedy, thriller, action, i thnk he is unmatchd figure in bollywood, one who denies ths fact is an idiot in every sense, he is most truthful star in india, if i award hm 2000 points to hs acting, than amir amitab, ajay , salman they are around 200 points whch is far than hs acting

  • zulqarnain rustamani matli

    yes he is right, he is king of industry,he is real king of romance, action, comedy, thriler,and every field he has gone with

  • Linda

    Afaque u ar a fool,go & die cos Srk rocks,he is d DON,god & king of bollywood.

  • dina

    I’m so not looking forward to waiting for the presence of shahrukh khan Indonesia
    8th December 2012
    I am huge fan of SRK
    I love SRK

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  • farooq khan

    sarukh not only romantic hero but also he is doing many different kind of acting.and is a real actor of bl

  • Daniyal

    I love SRK and Katrina Kaif

  • vishnu saini

    my good hiro

  • Critic

    As much as he and his fans would like to believe, he is not versatile actor. Other actors like Aamir, Hrithik and Ajay often experimenting with roles, try their hand at different films , while he is still struck with his romantic hero roles. Even Ranbir who is a newcomer and younger to SRK, does not accept lover boy roles.

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  • Krisi

    I love SRK,becouse I love him I love his movies.He is great in romantic role,in action role as Don,Ra.One and comedy role.He can do everyting.For me he is truly the best and just magical :) ))

  • novyanti

    Afaque, U’re absolutely wrong. SRK is the most humble actor in Bollywood. Plz do not analyzed anything ’bout SRK if U know nothing ’bout him.