I was scared of stepping into Big B's shoes

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I was scared of stepping into Big B's shoes: Hrithik Roshan



Source: Hindustan Times 

Date: January 23, 2012 



While Sanjay Dutt's back in his 'Khalnayak' avatar, Hrithik Roshan steps into the mighty shoes of Amitabh Bachchan. Priyanka Chopra too stands out in this male-centric movie. From the look of it, Karan Johar's Agneepath does look like a total masala fare. Villain is the new hero in Bollywood. Atleast for the time being. While Don SRK commits robberies and murders with élan and yet gets away with it, Priyanka Chopra murders her seven husbands in 7 Khoon Maaf only to garner public sympathy. Welcome to the big bad world of cinema, where being evil is the 'in' thing. How else can we justify Kancha Cheena played by Sanjay Dutt in Agneepath overshadowing our good old Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in trailers of the new verison of the 1970 hit. "Kya lekar aaye the, aur kya lekar jaoge…rah jaayenga sirf ek insaan… sarvashaktishali sarvshaktiman Kancha." Like Don SRK, Sanjay Dutt gets to mouth some interesting dialogues in the movie. But does that perturb Hrithik Roshan who has to face two challenges -Looking different from the old Vijay Deenanath Chauhan (Amitabh Bachchan) and get noticed in the presence of larger-than-life Kancha Cheena? When we caught up with Hrithik Roshan along with Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra at Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, he had a different perspective on the whole thing. Here's what he said… 



On competition with Sanjay Dutt 


"I cannot compete with the man of Sanjay Dutt's caliber. He is the actor who can be a Munnabhai in one moment and a Kaancha Cheena in the next. I cannot compete with him. I can just be honest to my character. Even if there is a competition, it's between the two characters - Vijay Deenanath Chauhan and Kaancha Cheena and not Sanjay Dutt and I." 



And comparisons with Big B 


"If you watch the film keeping Amitabh Bachchan in mind, I would fail to impress you. My character is in deep contrast with that of Mr Bachchan. I play a very simple, plausible and real character." 



First reaction to the role 


"When the role was offered to me, my first reaction was - No way! Stepping into the shoes of Amitabh Bachchan would mean apne haathon se apne pairon pe kulhari maarna. But when I read the script, I was blown away. It was a brand new film with new references. " 



'I curse myself after taking up a role' 


"If a role seems challenging to me, my first reaction is to get scared. I take it up and then curse myself for half-a-day. Then I start working on my character. I cannot just stand and act. I need to get into the skin of a character first. Before starting a film, I try to come into that mindset," says Hrithik. 



And here's what Sanjay said on the Bhagvad Gita controversy that's making new these days: No Bhagvad Gita reference 


A religious organisation has objected to a dialogue by Sanjay Dutt in Karan Johar's film Agneepath and has demanded its removal. "There is no reference to Bhagvad Gita. How can there be any controversy when we haven't referred to Gita," said Sanjay Dutt. The controversial dialogue: Sanjay Dutt is seen clutching Bhagvad Gita and saying, 'Main likhunga Gita ka unnesvaa (19th) adhyaya…Vijay Deenanath Chauhan ko marna padega'. 



Who's Kaali 


Priyanka Chopra who sat gracefully listening to the "two larger-than-life characters", also spoke a line or two about her character Kaali. "There are four primary character in the film - Vijay Deenanath Chauhan (played by Hrithik), Kancha "Cheena (Played by Sanjay Dutt), Kaali (played by me) and Rauf Lala (played by Rishi Kapoor). Vijay Deenanath Chauhan is central to the plot and the three characters revolve around him in different phases of his life. My role in the film provided solace, softness, beauty to the film."





Not trying to outdo anyone: Sanjay Dutt



Source: Pro Kerela 

Date: January 23, 2012 



Sanjay Dutt’s look as the evil Kancha Cheena in the new "Agneepath" has garnered appreciation for the actor from all spheres, even more than the all-white look of lead actor Hrithik Roshan himself, but Sanjay says he is not trying to outdo anyone. "We are not here to overshadow anybody, we have been very comfortable during the film. This film has been made without egos and it is not about competition. Hrithik is fantastic in the film,” Sanjay told reporters here Monday. He was here with Priyanka Chopra and Hrithik Roshan to promote “Agneepath”, which is set to hit the screens Jan 26. Even Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik admits that he is, in no way, trying to compete with a "talent" as "great" as Sanjay. "First of all you have to give credit to the talent (Sanjay), I think it is a very rare thing that in one role he projects epitome of goodness in 'Munnabhai', then does something extremely negative like Kancha Cheena and still blows your mind away,” said Hrithik. “As an actor my job is not to compete against talent that great, but my only duty is to be honest to my character. There is competition between our characters Vijay and Kancha Cheena and not us as actors,” he added.






I am not a good actor: Hrithik Roshan



Source: Pro Kerela

Date: January 23, 2012 



He is one of the most sought after male leads in Bollywood but Hrithik Roshan still doesn’t consider himself as a good actor. “I am not a good actor, in the sense that I can’t just stand up and act. I take my time to get into the mindset of the character and say my lines. I really have to be the person that I am playing,” Hrithik told reporters here Monday. The actor was here along with Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra at PVR cinemas, in Ambience Mall for the promotion of their forthcoming film “Agneepath”, a remake of the 1990 film starring Amitabh Bachchan in the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. The megastar had got the national award for it. Hrithik revealed he was initially wary of taking up the role. “My first reaction was why should I do it? This is an iconic role played by Amitabh Bachchan. But when I heard the subject, screenplay and basic story, it drove through all my pre-conceived notions as an audience, as an actor and it touched my heart completely,” he said. “It was so refreshing that I forgot about the old 'Agneepath'. Moreover it was a character that I was identifying with. I felt there is no reason for not to do this film,” he added. The film, produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, is set to hit the silver screen Jan 26.