Triple effort for Koi…Mil Gaya!

Published On: 2012-07-16

Author: Dominic Ferrao

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Hrithik: "We put in more in ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ than we did in ‘Kaho Na...’, and it is time to triple that effort!"


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By: Dominic Ferrao


It takes the flamboyance of a Shah Rukh to confidently declare that he will win the award every year. But shy guy Hrithik is another ball game altogether. The introverted star shies away from even commenting on his own nomination. It took much persuasion to get the Roshan to speak about his much vaunted nomination (for Best Actor) at this year’s Filmfare. 

Hrithik, you are back with a bang. From being written off by critics to the nomination for a Filmfare Award, what jadoo do you give the credit to for this turnaround? 

“I’ve always believed in taking my life one shot at a time. I always try to do things to the best of my ability – sometimes things workout, sometimes they don’t. It’s not something I planned. I didn’t plan for the film doing so well and being nominated for the Best Film award. I didn’t plan for me being nominated as the Best Actor. I’m just taking my life and doing the best I can with it. The rest just happens.” 

Your dad said in a recent interview that you seem more likely to win the best actor award because you have successfully portrayed a character which was so demanding. Do you agree? 

“Well, we are not the ones to sit in judgment and decide who should win the award. It would be nice to win an award for a film like ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ because it is so special to me. But even if I don’t win, my joy is in being nominated and just being there on such on important day. It will certainly be great if I win, but if I don’t, I already know that the other actors are far more deserving than I am, better actors than I am -- so it won’t be a disappointment at all.” 

While shooting for the film, did it ever cross your mind that you would be nominated for the Best Actor award? 

“Not at all. The success or failure of a film or me being praised or not praised for my work are thoughts that do not occur to me while doing the film. However, it did occur to me, once the trials of the film began – people kept saying things like the ‘National Award’… so that’s the time when it occurred to me and I thought to myself ‘Mission accomplished!’“ 

Your competitors for the award are Ajay Devgan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh and Salman. If you weren’t nominated and you were asked to judge them, whom would you select as the winner? 

“You are asking me to pick the winner? Well, I am an aspiring actor myself. I’m trying to be half has good as these people are. There’s no way in hell that I could sit in judgment over these fine actors. Each one of them is absolutely brilliant. And their performances are far greater than I could have ever achieved. So it’s not possible for me to judge them.” 

If you win, how do you plan to celebrate? 

“If I win the award it would be a great moment. It would be nice to be back on that platform and win a second Best Actor award. But I don’t think I’ll get time to celebrate because I’ll be shooting that night after the awards. It’s going to be a very hectic night.” 

What are you working on right now? 

“Right now we’re just completing ‘Lakshya’. Let’s see. I’m still hearing scripts and narrations and still deciding what I would like to do as my next film.” 

And what about your next film with dad Rakesh Roshan? There are a lot of expectations… 

“Yes, dad’s already got a few ideas and he’s working on them. And as soon as it’s ready to roll, we’ll go ahead. It’s going to be a greater challenge and a greater victory. We’re going to put in more this time. We put in more in ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ than we did in ‘Kaho Na…’, and it is time to triple that effort.”