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