He may be called the King of Romance but superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he is now too old to do larger than life love stories. The 51-year-old actor has often been hailed for ushering in modern day romance with films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayege, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai among others and when asked if romantic films do not interest the audience anymore, Shah Rukh said the language of romance is different now.
“I think the times have changed a lot in terms of the language. Romance hasn’t changed. I think people have less time. I also find this whole rightly-so pushed for equality I think creates more buddy-feel between men and women,” Shah Rukh said in an interview. “When you are buddies, you can’t romance. There is a whole wave which I notice with youngsters, because I have kids and some young actors and actresses talk to each other very differently,” he added.
The actor was speaking en route Delhi in August Kranti Rajdhani train, last night. He is visiting the capital to promote his latest crime-thriller Raees. Shah Rukh feels there has to be some tenderness and chivalry in romance which is classic old school. “Romance has to have a little formality. Whether it’s ‘tehzeeb,’ going down on your knees, whether it is saying couplets in praise of a girl. I am from that school, I still believe in it. “I think romance has to be formal. ‘Aur phir kya kar rahi hai?’ It can’t work like that, even if there is equality.”