‘Couldn’t do ac­tion roles ini­tially due to boy­ish looks’

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From the soft ‘Prem’ and the fear­less ‘Chul­bul Pandey’ to the no­to­ri­ous ‘Devil’, Bol­ly­wood star

Sal­man Khan (right) has made a smooth switch from the af­fa­ble ro­man­tic roles to the larger-than-life he­roes. But the 49-year-old-ac­tor says that he could not imag­ine do­ing ac­tion roles ini­tially be­cause of his boy­ish charm.

Sal­man said that had he tried de­but­ing with an ac­tion film, he’d have been com­pared to megas­tar Amitabh Bachchan, who was then known as the an­gry-young man. Hence, he took to ro­man­tic roles, ini­tially in films like Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hai Koun!. “If I’d have done ac­tion films that time in the 80s... the peo­ple would’ve said ‘he is try­ing to be like Mr Amitabh Bachchan’. It has taken us a lot of time to stay and reach here. When we all came, we looked like boys. The he­roes be­fore us... all of them looked like men,” Sal­man says, adding, “Then those who came next looked like young men like Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and San­jay Dutt. At that time, we couldn’t play in­spec­tors, lawyers, lo­cal don and all that. So we started off as ro­man­tic he­roes... did comedies and are now do­ing ac­tion.”

The ac­tor says that it took him two decades to make the tran­si­tion, and that he feels grate­ful to the fans for let­ting him experiment. “Our au­di­ence makes us large. It is not be­cause of what we do on-screen alone. It is the re­ac­tion that comes from them that makes us very big. There are many peo­ple who con­trib­ute,” he says.

The ac­tor says that the con­nect comes from the first film and then it builds up. “It has taken us 25- 27 years to reach here. For the last five years, we’ve started do­ing larger- than- life roles but it has taken a lot of time to get this re­cep­tion. You can’t get this kind of love and sup­port straight af­ter en­ter­ing the film in­dus­try,” he adds.

When we all came, we looked like boys. The he­roes be­fore us... all of them looked like men

Sal­man Khan, ac­tor


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