Salman said had he tried making his Bollywood entry with an action film, he would have been compared to megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was then known as the angry-young man. Hence, the 49-year-old actor took to romantic roles, initially, like 'Maine Pyar Kiya' and 'Hum Aapke Hai Koun'.

"If I would have done action film that time in the 80s... The people would have said he is trying to be like Mr Amitabh Bachchan. It has taken us a lot of time to stay and reach here. When we all came we looked like boys. The heroes before us all of them looked like men," Salman said in an interview here.

"Then those who came next looked like young men like Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and Sanjay Dutt. We came we looked like boys. At that time we couldn't play inspectors, lawyers, local don, and all that. So we started off as romantic heroes... did comedies and then now doing action," he said.

The actor said it took him two decades to make the transition and he feels grateful to the audience for allowing him to experiment with his roles. "Our audience makes us large and it is not because of what we do on screen alone. It is the reaction that comes from audience that makes you very big. There are lots of people, who contribute," he said.

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