A Minute With : Hrithik Roshan

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A Minute With : Hrithik Roshan



Source: Reuters 

Date: May 8, 2010 

By: Shilpa Jamkhandikar 



A decade in the business and with barely twenty films in his kitty, Hrithik Roshan isn't the star who is always in your face. The 36-year-old is notoriously camera-shy, doesn't give a lot of interviews and has been missing from the screen for two years. Yet, he remains one of the most popular stars in Bollywood -- a look at all the Hrithik Roshan online fan clubs are enough proof. Back with his bilingual film "Kites", Roshan spoke to Reuters about the debilitating knee injury that kept him out of action and why Indian films don't do well abroad. 



Q: You've been missing from the silver screen for the last two years. What have you been up to? 


A: "Well, I was working on 'Kites' for just seven months but for six months before that was down with an injury to my knee, which just refused to heal. Science told me that the knee would never heal. I kept waiting for it to become better, but it didn't so I thought I would switch to another career, maybe become a singer or direct a film but my heart was breaking. "I knew that if I wanted to be an actor, I couldn't compromise on my roles. If I couldn't dance or sing, I didn't want to act. I was on crutches for six months and while shooting for the last schedule of 'Jodhaa Akbar'. "After that I was just hunting for the next six months, reading all kinds of scripts but knowing that there was no way I could do what it demanded at that point. When I heard 'Kites', I felt that God gave me a sign. I went and hugged Suzanne and told her 'this is it', I have found what I was looking for.” 



Q: How does an artiste cope with a debilitating injury that may potentially ruin his career?


A: "I persevered. I believe that there are some things beyond our control in this world. I was very depressed during those six months. I went to every doctor, searched for a cure everywhere in the world but unbelievably it was on the first day of the sets of 'Kites' that I felt the pain in the knee reduce. But I didn't want to jinx it. It was only when the pain completely went away that I believe it healed. "Everyone has their struggles. Everyone has to cope with them. You have one life and you have to ask yourself. Am I just going to give up and complain or is it going to be a better story if I just keep going?" 



Q: What do you believe healed it? 


A: "What healed it was my search, my belief that nothing is impossible in this world. If you can see it in your head you will see it manifest. It took me two and a half years and I didn't give up. I told myself that this cannot be the end of my story -- I can see it in my mind that there is a lot more to come, that I will go on." 



Q: Two years is a long time in the film industry. Did you ever worry that you were missing out? 


A: "Before 'Krissh' I had a two-year gap, then 'Krissh' came and everything was forgotten. Then I had a knee problem. Then 'Kites' was ready last year but Brett Ratner came in the picture and asked us for five months. And when he has the kind of faith in the film, you cannot say no. It is like a baby and when someone comes and says I think this baby has potential, can you trust me with it and I will make it better, you don't say no. "But in the middle of all this, I wasn’t doing nothing. I was shooting for 'Guzaarish' (Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film with Aishwarya Rai). Luckily, this year will see two releases of mine. Also Zoya Akhtar's film will be ready by the end of the year, so hopefully that should also come out in quick succession." 



Q: In spite of the break, your star power hasn't diminished. Why do you think that is? 


A: "I don't know. Every creative person has to follow his own base. A truly creative person cannot calculate and manipulate his creativity. If I start thinking from my mind, my creativity will suffer. "I don't believe in things like the number game and what my star status is. I am concerned about finding out who I am. That is my main aim. At some point I may even be able to do ten films a year but that would be a natural progression of what I am able to control at that point in time." 



Q: 'Kites' is being pitched to an international audience. Do you think it will work? 


A: "My only thing with this film was that we don't have to repeat everything in every film. Like 'Dhoom' was a fun film, had some great moments but that doesn't mean you can repeat that in a film like 'Kites' which is like a slice of life film. "Everyone says why don't our films work abroad but the only difference is that we are conditioned in our mind to repeat the successes of the past. Like using songs as a way of garnering an initial for the film, even if it doesn’t work in their scheme of things. "If you are making a 'Scarface' you cannot put a 'Dhoom' song in it, you just can't. Those are not the kind of films I want to do any more. I want to make the kind of films that have made me what I am but I want to do it with honesty and promise that in the film."






Nagging knee pain made me think of switching career: Hrithik Roshan



Source: Dzireweb 

Date: May 7, 2010 



Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan's persistent knee injury problem had made him seriously think of giving up acting and he was planning to turn singer or director. But his knee improved after surgery and he was able to shoot for 'Kites'. 'I worked on 'Kites' only for seven months. Before that I was trying to treat my knee. For six months there was no sign of recovering from my knee pain. That time I thought either I will turn to singing or direct a film,' Hrithik told IANS in an interview. 'I knew if I want to be an actor then I would be an actor and never compromise on my work. If I couldn't dance, if I couldn't jump, then I didn't want to be an actor. I was going through all those thoughts at that time,' he added. Hrithik's knee trouble began when he did some daring stunts in 'Krrish' and 'Dhoom 2'. He had torn the ligament of his right knee and continued working despite the tremendous pain. 


In December 2007, after wrapping up 'Jodhaa-Akbar', he went to Singapore for six weeks treatment. He endured several injuries during the shooting of 'Kites'. The 36-year-old says he did not give the nod to any movie after he completed 'Jodhaa-Akbar' because he was incapable of doing strenuous acts. But when the narration of 'Kites' came along through director Anurag Basu, he had no reasons to refuse. 'When I heard 'Kites' from Anurag Basu, I could imagine the scenes and could see my face in the character. His vision was so strong that it passed on to me. I was seeing myself doing all those things and at that time I said to myself that if I can see it in my head then it will manifest, somehow. I jumped up after that and said - 'This is what I was looking for and I will do this film',' he said. After completing 'Kites', Hrithik says he feels all his movies in the past 10 years were like a preparation for him to essay Jay, his character in the movie. 'Whatever film I did before 'Kites' was a preparation for getting me ready for 'Kites'. I call the phase before 'Koi Mil Gaya' as a reference phase of my life when all the acting was reference acting. I had seen somebody doing something and I wanted to do the same way. From 'Koi Mil Gaya' I started to enjoy the true flight of an actor,' he said. 


'Kites', a film about an Indian man's affair with a Latin woman, played by Mexican actress Barbara Mori, and their predicament as they don't understand each other's language, is being made in Hindi and English. The English version of 'Kites' has been presented and reworked by well-known Hollywood director Brett Ratner. Produced by Hrithik's father and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, the film will be distributed and marketed by Reliance BIG Pictures. It will release May 21 in over 60 countries. After 'Kites', Hrithik will gear up for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Guzaarish' in which he plays a paraplegic opposite Aishwarya Rai. He is also looking forward to Zoya Akhtar's film 'Running with the Bulls', which is expected to be ready for release by the end of this year.






Hrithik Roshan admits of fighting his pain



Source: Indiatimes 

Date: 08 May, 2010 

By: Reshma Kelkar Dabholkar 



Hrithik Roshan is back in business with ‘Kites’. After ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, this Anurag Basu directed movie will be his next big release. The actor who went through a knee surgery after the release of ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ was keeping a low profile for 2 years. “After Jodhaa Akbar I was treating my knee for six months. I did a lot of things during that time. I didn’t think of acting as I didn’t want to compromise with my work,” says Hrithik. Recalling the time as one of the learning phases of life Hrithik informs that he went under depression for six months when his knee surgery failed to cure his pain. “I did a lot of things to cure my knee. I was in depression for six months. I did Chinese therapy, ayurvedic treatments, visited more than 35 to 40 specialists and tried local massage too. But nothing helped.” 


Hrthik informs that he emerged out of the phase because of his own faith and belief. “My knee pain was severe thus I was resting for more than six moths but when I heard the script of ‘Kites’ from Anurag Basu, I thought its god’s sign for me. I felt as if all y questions are answered. I jumped out of my chair and told my wife ‘Everything will fall into place’,” explains an excited Hrithik. He continues, “I believe miracles are nothing but manifestation of our perseverance. My pain got 50% lesser on the first day of the shoot and after a week I got relief from my knee problem. It was unbelievable and I started flying after that,” he quips.