He may be playing an arrogant hitman in his latest film Wanted, but Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan says that he enjoys doing romantic roles the most.
"I like to do all kinds of roles, but I enjoy romance the most in films," said Khan who is usually as much in news for his romantic link-ups as for his movies.
The 43-year-old actor who is returning to the action genre after a long gap with Wanted, directed by Southern superstar Prabhu Deva, says that the preparation for the role was a painful journey.
"Usually I don't need to prepare for action, it's in-born but this time the return to action was very painful. It was difficult because we haven't used much of cables. I even suffered a ham-string injury during the shooting of the film," said Salman who was in town to promote the film.
The actor was all praise for Prabhudeva, who is making his directorial debut in Bollywood with the film.
"With Wanted Prabhu was directing a Bollywood film for the first time but as you know Prabhu is made of elastic and can bend his body at will, so I was fearful that what if he makes me do that? He has worked with lot of directors and technically he is brilliant and he made me work really hard," says Khan.
Incidentally the name of Khan's character in the film is 'Radhe', same as the name of the protagonist in his 2003 blockbuster hit Tere Naam
"From a boy in Tere Naam Radhe becomes a man in Wanted. The character has lot of negative streaks, he has attitude, arrogance and violence. Eventually he takes everything to the extreme," says Khan about his latest turn as Radhe.
The actor who is often termed the 'bad Boy' of Bollywood is now trying to do his bit as a socially conscious citizen and will be working on 30 short films promoting public awareness on various issues.
"If money can save a life, then I am there for it. The younger generation is going to completely change the face of India. That is why all of us promote education. But education should be of the right kind because even terrorists get education," said the actor who was booked in a hit-and-run case in 2002.
"My advice to youth is do not even touch smoking. If you get addicted to it, since there's no evident effect, so you find it cool," says the actor.
Kahn who grabbed headlines after reports suggested that he is planning to buy an IPL team for the coming season, remained non-committal about the development.
"There is a procedure for bidding. If we'll get the bid right then the IPL team will come," says Salman.