Mumbai: Actor Salman Khan, who won over the audiences with his performance as a tough cop in 'Dabangg', is consciously making efforts to bring the 'macho man' back to Bollywood.

"I am consciously trying to get heroes, macho men back. I miss them. When my father wrote, the heroes used to be strong and central to the story, doing heroic things. I would go to the cinema and clap and whistle when I saw the hero on screen," Salman said.

"The macho hero seems to have vanished. I feel today people are also missing the macho man. I wanted to make sure people remember the hero when they leave the theatre. That is why I am doing such films," he said.

On why 'Wanted' and 'Dabangg' worked, Salman said, "'Wanted' worked because of the father-son equation in the film. After the father's death, the film took a different angle. In the case of 'Dabangg' it was surprising that children caught on with the film. I just went back into my childhood, we wanted to see heroism and that's what even children wanted to see in 'Dabangg'."

Salman will be seen next in Anees Bazmee's 'Ready', alongside Asin.

About the film, the 45-year-old actor says, "The movie is a mix of my earlier hits - 'No Entry' and 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun'...now imagine Anees Bazmee directing 'Hum Aapke Hai Kaun'."

'Ready' will release on June 3.

(Agencies)