It’s #ThrowbackThursday, and what better way to go down memory lane than recapping how Hrithik Roshan created magic with his character ‘Vedha’ in Vikram Vedha, which happens to clock six months today?
Fans anxiously awaited Hrithik Roshan’s return to the big screen, and what a return it was! With Vikram Vedha, the actor set an all-new performance benchmark, playing a gangster unapologetically and with an unparalleled screen presence that reflected both the essence of the character while not compromising with his superstardom.
Hrithik Roshan didn’t just play the role of ‘Vedha, he became ‘Vedha, completely absorbing every element of the character and his nuances. In order to embody ‘Vedha’, Hrithik let go of all inhibitions, and as part of his preparation, he was willing to be eccentric and wacky. He absolutely let go and submitted to the process, participating in everything from voice training and speaking gibberish to dialogue rehearsals, dancing to 80s music, emoting to nature, and recording himself to perfect his mannerisms and dialect.
Giving audiences a look at the BTS video that captured the preparation behind the character, Hrithik Roshan mentioned, “To become ‘Vedha, I had to first find comfort in being a ‘yeda’. 9 months of prepping and being vegan, from October 2021 to June 2022. Exactly the time human lives take to give birth Vedha has been a process of moulding from scratch; today it’s a character I’m proud of. Learning to talk, walk, dance, eat, and live like Veda has been sheer joy. There may not be Hrithik in Vedha, but there will always be Vedha in Hrithik.”
Vikram Vedha, also starring Saif Ali Khan and directed by Pushkar Gayatri, was released on March 30th, 2006—six months ago. Hrithik’s character portrayal of Vedha is a master class in itself. It wasn’t an easy feat to take up a role that is already done and has received praise, but Hrithik not only attempted it but also took it a notch higher.