I'm happy to be Vijay : Hrithik

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Source: Hindustan Times

Date: Jan 10, 2012 



Actor Hrithik Roshan, who turns 38 today with a “working birthday“, insists upcoming Agneepath's Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is a 100 per cent original, not an Amitabh Bachchan copy.


On Sunday, Hrithik Roshan completed his dubbing and it was a wrap for Agneepath. “It's overwhelming because we give a huge chunk of ourselves to every film we do,“ says the actor, admitting that it's been a pretty satisfying journey so far with debutant director Karan Malhotra. “Every character you see on screen, from Vijay and Kancha Cheena to Kaali and Lala, comes from the mind and heart of this man.“ The Bollywood superstar, who turns 38 today, is ready for a “working birthday“. But there is a dinner planned for the evening with friends and extended family. “I haven't spent time with all of them in a while and a birthday is the best time to catch up,“ 


Hrithik smiles, remembering how this time last year, he was looking forward to his January 20 date with his waxen lookalike at Madame Tussaud's museum. “This year, I'm hoping to top that with Agneepath, which will be unveiled on January 26. Hopefully, it will be Happy Republic Day.“ Hrithik's Vijay had earlier invited comparisons with Amitabh Bachchan's National Award-winning performance in the 1990 original. “I think it's absurd that anyone would think I was trying to ape the Vijay Dinanath Chauhan of the original,“ he retorts. “The only way I can do justice to a movie is to make it mine, and (make) the character me. I've played Vijay straight and simple, without any swagger or style. He is someone who would otherwise merge with a crowd if the camera hadn't picked him out to tell his story.“ 


For the first time, his costar, Priyanka Chopra, has been posting intimate film stills of the two of them together on Twitter. Hrithik reacts with a laugh, “May be she likes me more than her other heroes.“ Last Saturday, even Shah Rukh Khan joined his rave club, tweeting, “Saw Hrithik's worked out body on his fone (cellphone)... Noticed even the 'telefone' looked open mouthed and overawed!!“ The actor responds with, “It's Shah Rukh's greatness that he can acknowledge and compliment a younger actor. For me, it's reassuring to know that that I have friends like him who care for me". 


Hrithik himself had agreed to a guest appearance in Shah Rukh's just released Don 2. Will we see him in a bigger role, may be even the lead, in future Don sequels? “There can only be one Don and one Krrish,“ he asserts. “For now, I'm happy being Vijay.“