Shah Rukh hates being called just 'King of Romance'

Published: Nov 08, 2012, 08:14 IST | PTI |

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.

Shah Rukh Khan

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." 

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