Rakesh Roshan on Hrithik and Jodhaa Akbar

Published On: 2013-04-21

Author: Dominic Ferrao

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Rakesh Roshan: Hrithik is not trying to prove that he can work without me!



Date: April 20, 2007 


After three super-duper hits, Rakesh Roshan and son Hrithik have parted ways, albeit temporarily- while Hrithik has already created dhoom with the biker sequel and is now busy with Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodha Akbar, senior Roshan is now branching off on a film without beta. 


Are the two tired of each other? “No, I am not tired of working with Hrithik,” laughs Rakesh Roshan. “It is a pleasure working with Hrithik. He is such a fine actor. The thing is, he was busy with his schedule and I have his dates for January next year. So I had this whole year and I didn’t want to waste it. I have a very capable assistant named Raja Sen. He’s worked with me in three films and I thought it was time to let him direct one. We’ve taken some very good actors for the film which has been titled Krazzy 4 - there’s Arshad Warsi, Irrfan Khan, Suresh Menon, Diya Mirza, Juhi Chawla, Rajat Kapur. It’s a comedy film, but I don’t want it to be classified in the normal genre - there are no double meaning dialogues in this one. It will be in a class of its own.” 


Is this a precursor to his company undertaking many productions at the same time a la Yash Chopra’s banner? “No. I think it is only when I stop directing films that I will be able to make four or five films at a time,” says the filmmaker. “Directing a film takes up your entire time. It was only because I was free this time that I decided to produce another film.” With both father and son doing films independently once again, detractors are once again claiming that Hrithik is trying to prove that he can work without dad. “I don’t think in these terms at all,” says Roshan. “I have made so many successful films in the past too. So that’s not the criteria. Yes, father and son working together, we have given three big hits - but that’s because we complement each other. But I am not trying to prove that I can make it without my son, and Hrithik is not trying to prove that he can work without me. He is a good actor, and I know my job through experience.” Is he apprehensive about Hrithik’s performance in a period film? “I don’t know anything about Jodha Akbar, but I know my son will do a fantastic job. It all depends on what kind of subject it is. I have full faith in Ashutosh Gowarikar.”


 Since he’s already denied the rumour that Hrithik will be attending the Abhi-Ash shaadi, does he think the marriage is exciting too much attention right now? “No, I don’t think so,” RR reasons. “They are celebrities and the media would like to write about them, and people would like to know about them. I think the media is doing its job. One you become a celebrity, your private life is over. However secret you want to keep it, you can’t do it. You have to accept that.”