Bollywood’s Greek God, Hrithik Roshan, turns 43 today! And while age does not seem to stop his enthusiasm, charm and zest for life, he has had quite a journey in his 16 year sojourn in the industry!
As his upcoming venture, Kaabil, will be releasing very soon on the 25th of January, we decided to traverse the journey of Hrithik Roshan, once called a one film wonder to today becoming the reliable, versatile performer. Here’s looking at the Roshan scion and his remarkable highs and lows.
BEHOLD, A STAR IS BORN
It was 2000. The Khans had just about established their ground and were ruling the roost. A string of debutantes had come and gone, but none seemed to have the pizzaz or the acting chops to challenge the Khan trilogy. And then came news of actor turned director Rakesh Roshan launching his son, Hrithik. The buzz was huge and when Kaho Na Pyar Hai finally came out, it only got stronger. The suave, fit and tall actor with acting and dancing chops to match was touted as the next big thing in Bollywood and Hrithik mania had set in…
THE HURDLES SET IN
But soon after his promising debut, Hrithik, despite offering great performances in films like Fiza and Mission Kashmir and delivering another hit with Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, suffered major critical and commercial setbacks with films like Yaadein, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, Aap Mujhe Acche Lagne Lage, Mujhse Dosti Karoge and Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon. Everyone wondered about what was going wrong with the handsome actor who had it all, but no one seemed to have an answer.
PAPA ROSHAN STEPS IN
And then, Papa Roshan stepped in to help out his son. Directing Hrithik after two years since Kaho Na Pyar Hai, Rakesh Roshan dared to venture in a bold new territory by bringing the sci-fi genre in India into prominence with Koi Mil Gaya. The film, which had Hrithik playing a mentally disabled boy, won over both the critics and the masses and was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2003. It spawned its own franchise soon after and Hrithik, the superstar, was back in action. Hrithik’s jaadu had the masses captivated yet again!
DIVERSIFYING AND GROWING
Despite re-establishing himself as a force to reckon with after Koi Mil Gaya, a section of the industry claimed that Hrithik only seemed to truly flourish under his father’s direction and that films outside of his home production didn’t seem to work.
Proving his naysayers wrong once again, Hrithik went on to work with diverse and successful banners such as Yash Raj Films for the second instalment of the hit Dhoom franchise. The film, which saw Hrithik playing the negative lead, was a huge success. His performance in Farhan Akhtar’s Lakshya won him plaudits as well, despite the film fairing just about average at the box office. The sequel to Koi Mil Gaya saw Hrithik give India its first indigenous superhero with Krrish, which was a bigger draw than its prequel! With Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar, Hrithik delivered yet another blockbuster and proved his versatility in acting. And while his Guzaarish with Sanjay Leela Bhansali didn’t set the cash registers ringing, it yet again showed Hrithik’s acting prowess and dedication, as the actor sacrificed his fit frame to play a paraplegic magician in the film.
Kites saw the first instance where Hrithik working with his home production didn’t seem to work. Making more headlines for its actress Barbara Mori and her alleged affair with Hrithik, the film tanked at the box office. But redemption was on the road, literally, when Zoya Akhtar’s road film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, gave another hit for Hrithik. Following it up with yet another solid performance in the remake of the 1991 Amitabh Bachchan blockbuster, Agneepath, Hrithik proved his mettle with different banners. The third instalment of the Koi Mil Gaya franchise, suspiciously titled Krrish 3, again proved to be a mega blockbuster and Bang Bang, a remake of the flop Hollywood film, Knight And Day, also drew in good business, thanks to the star power of Hrithik and his co-sar, Katrina Kaif.
Hrithik’s sole release in 2016, Ashutosh Gowariker’s much awaited Mohenjo Daro proved to be a major damp squib at the BO. But considering how the actor has established himself in tinseltown, that hasn’t affected his fan following in any way.
With Sanjay Gupta’s Kaabil, yet again under Hrithik’s home production, all set to release on the 25th, Hrithik seems ready to make up for his last outing. Challenging himself yet again by playing a blind man in the film, also starring Yami Gautam, Kaabil promises dollops of action, thrill and romance. Despite various plagiarism issues, the film has managed to generate a lot of buzz and is eagerly awaited by Hrithik’s fans.
We hope his fans give him the birthday gift he desires by giving Kaabil a warm reception! Happy birthday again, Duggu!