Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is known for his performance in romantic movies. The actor credits legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra for pushing him to do love stories.
Over the years, Shah Rukh has emerged as the 'king ofromance' with films like "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", "KuchKuch Hota Hai", "Mohabbatein", "Dil Toh Pagal Hai", "Devdas","Veer Zaara", "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan".
"I started working with Yash Chopraji with 'Darr' inwhich I was a bad guy. I was killing people and misbehavingcompletely (referring to his earlier films) even without beingon drugs and that was really really intense.
"I remember Yashji telling me that till the time I don'tplay a lover boy nothing will happen or change for meprofessionally," Shah Rukh said after receiving the NationalYash Chopra Memorial Award. The 51-year-old star said he was initially skeptical aboutplaying a lover boy on-screen.
"I did not want to be a lover boy as I am not good withromance. I felt I was not good looking enough. I don't think Iwas good enough to play a lover boy. But Yashji kept tellingme if I don't play a lover boy on-screen nothing will happento my career, my career will not move ahead," he said.
"When he tells you something again and again it does makesome sense. So even though if I don't look like a romantichero or don't act like one, I just had to go by his beliefsand I did it and it paid the dividend," he said. Now that he is often tagged as the king of romance,the actor credits his success to the late filmmaker.
"Yash Chopra has single-handedly created my career. Ifeel honoured to be receiving the fourth National Yash ChopraMemorial Award. I am what I am because of what Yash Chopramade me do. I thank him for that," he said. The "Fan" star said Chopra was like a father figure forhim and if not with the director he would have never visitedthe valley.
"My mother is a Kashmiri. My father had told me oneplace that you don't go and see it without me is Kashmir. So Idid not go there ever. The ex-Chief Minister of the place hadinvited me and I had said no to him as well," he said.
"I did not go until the time Yashji decided to make'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'. So for me, it was like visiting the mostbeautiful place Kashmir and I went with my father (referringto Yash Chopra) and family," he said.