‘Yash Cho­pra cre­ated my ca­reer’

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Ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan, who’s of­ten tagged as the king of ro­mance, cred­its leg­endary film­maker Yash Cho­pra for push­ing him to do love sto­ries.

“I started work­ing with Yash Cho­praji with Darr (1993) in which I was a bad guy. I re­mem­ber Yashji telling me that till the time I don’t play a lover boy noth­ing will hap­pen or change for me pro­fes­sion­ally,” he said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Na­tional Yash Cho­pra Me­mo­rial Award for the forth time.

The 51-year-old ac­tor said he was ini­tially skep­ti­cal about play­ing a lover boy on-screen. “I felt I was not good look­ing enough. I don’t think I was good enough to play a lover boy,” he ex­plains. “So even though if I don’t look like a ro­man­tic hero or don’t act like one, I just had to go by his beliefs and I did it and it paid the div­i­dend,” he added. “Yash Cho­pra sin­gle-hand­edly cre­ated my ca­reer. I am what I am be­cause of what Yash Cho­pra made me do. I thank him for that,” he said.

I feel hon­oured to be re­ceiv­ing the award. I am what I am be­cause of what Yash Cho­pra made me do SHAH RUKH KHAN, AC­TOR

PHOTO: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

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