Portrait of a young man

Published On: 2012-08-20

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Portrait of a young man as an autist

Hrithik Roshan is very, very nervous. After living Rohit Mehra’s life for a year (that’s his character in Koi Mil Gaya), coping with permanent braces, and behaving like a child, waiting for the final seal of approval from the audience is taxing.

”Playing an autist was challenging. I gleaned a lot of ideas from my growing up years. I shed eight kilos for the role and put on weight on my face to look convincing. The most troublesome part was my hair: I couldnt go for a hair cut for the role because I was shooting for three other films at the time,” remembers Hrithik.

Working with dad Rakesh Roshan has always been a pleasure for Hrithik: “He understands me completely, respects my opinion and gives me freedom as an actor. KMG is close to my heart (he even went to Vaishno Devi to pray for the same), because I’ve lived that role for so long.”

Hrithik has also learnt to cope with negative criticism and doesn’t look back with regret. He’s dedicated to his craft: “In the past five years I’ve spent all my waking moments dreaming of films. I think I am stagnating as an actor, my reactions are very stock, I need to experience life in order to grow as an actor. I need a life outside movie studios and that’s why after December hopefully I’ll take a break. I want to learn to play the guitar and spend time with my wife and grandparents.”