Notwithstanding his six-pack abdomen which is in the limelight, Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan feels he is capable of acting without taking off his shirt.
"In Om Shanti Om, I play a hero of today. I felt that everyone in the film world looks cool these days and we went for this look," Khan, who attended a event with tennis star Sania Mirza to promote an upcoming tennis tournament, said.
Khan said he had received praise from fellow actors like Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan for his new look. But Salman had also told him he was looking too thin.
The star said he had great respect for sportspersons and had taken up an exercise regimen after shooting for his recent hit Chak De India, which centres round the game of hockey.
Asked if he had any regrets about not doing the Oscar- nominated cricket-based movie Lagaan, Khan said, "After watching the film, I thought only Aamir (Khan) could have done justice to it. However, I did manage to do Chak De."
Khan parried questions on whether there had been renewed interest in hockey following the success of Chak De India.
"I want to make it clear it is not because of the film that we are doing well in sports. Instead it is because they (sportspersons) are doing well that such movies are made," he said.
With more sports-based movies expected from Bollywood in the near future, this could become a new genre in the film industry, he remarked.