'I was too young to play Don'

Published On: 2012-12-16

Author: Subhash K. Jha

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'I was too young to play Don'



Source: Mumbai Mirror 

By: Subhash K Jha 

Date: October 27, 2006 



Hrithik Roshan, the highest paid star in Bollywood today, talks about winning some and losing some.



You've suddenly shot into the biggest league. 


I'd like to believe no one gets what they don't deserve. I've to keep growing. 



Your wife celebrated her birthday on October 26. 


Actually we've been celebrating her birthday for a while now. On the night of October 25, we brought in her birthday with a cake among just family. On October 26 we had friends over. Her birthday celebration stretches into weeks and months. Sussanne loves birthdays. She wakes up on the January 1 and says, 'Hey, it's my birthday year.' I love the way she looks forward to her birthday. I try to do as much as I can to make her happy. This birthday is special because it's the first one with our son Hrehaan around. He slept through her birthday night. But he was wide awake on his mom's birthday morning. I'll continue to celebrate her birthday until I leave for Jodha Akbar on November 6. 



What preparations are you making for Jodha Akbar? 


Swords are breaking. Horses are throwing me off (laughs). Thankfully, it wasn't a serious fall; my leg got caught in the stirrup. I got dragged a bit. I suppose these things will keep happening. 



But they happen to you quite frequently. 


Yeah, I know. I think I've people's good wishes with me. In spite of these accidents nothing serious happens to me. The only way to perfection is to fall and rise. If you don't fall you never know the pleasure of rising. 



Being a father has an added responsibility. The risks you take could affect your son if, something were to happen to you. 


Right. That's why I stretch myself a little more so I set a good example for my son. It's more important to learn to rise after the fall than to not fall. Sure, I've to exercise that little bit of caution for Rayhaan's sake. I guess I fell off the horse during the rehearsals for Jodha Akbar so it doesn't happen with the camera rolling. Looking at where I'm coming from – Koi Mil Gaya, Lakshya, Krissh – and now Dhoom 2 and Jodha Akbar, it's like the whole spectrum. Life is very interesting. As an actor I'm getting to explore different areas. I'm truly enjoying myself. Jodha Akbar takes me to a place where I've never travelled even in my imagination. The journey is fascinating. I've been reading up books on the Mughal period. All the rest of the research is being done by Ashutosh Gowariker. 



This film is a contrast for Aishwarya Rai and you after Dhoom 2. 


People are already talking about how good we look together in Dhoom 2. That feels good, considering we were considered a mismatch at one time. With our light eyes and fair skin we were seen as siblings. I don't think I've looked better with any other actress. We've two films together, so we better look good. 



The promos of Dhoom 2 have created a buzz. 


That's exciting not scary for me. Why be scared of what we worked towards creating, namely an excitement. Surprisingly when I look back I don't think I've enjoyed acting in any film as much as Dhoom 2. That character really appeals to me. He allows me to be in a space that fascinates me. It allowed me to exercise a freedom that I wouldn't allow myself in real life. I've always wanted to do a character like Dhoom 2 who's stylish, charming, mysterious, dangerous, sinister, intense….It's such a departure from the good-guy roles I've been doing. Till now directors kept casting me in noble parts. Dhoom 2 gave me a chance to explore a new facet of my life. 



Earlier there was criticism that you put too much intensity into every role. 


Well, you evolve as an actor. You get better with every shot. I've given my best to every shot I've done. So whatever I did at that time was right for back then. And I'll never look back with regret at anything I did. Of course, I've become more casual before the camera. I've started having more fun. There's no better teacher than experience. It's only after seven to eight films that every actor begins to realise his potential. I think I've got there now. I'm happy I've got there. You know I grew up watching movies that gave me a supposedly ideal view of how a hero behaves. Somewhere that got stuck in my mind. Most of the initial work that an actor does is played out of reference. You've seen an actor hold a gun in a particular way. And you get unconsciously influenced into doing the same. Once those influences melt you begin to discover your own individuality. 



You've lost out on many films including Lagaan and Don … 


I've taken career decisions based on my instincts. Some of them didn't materialise because of dates. Regarding Don, when he wrote the film Farhan Akhtar realised he needed a more mature face. I was too young to play Don. Knowing Farhan, I respected the decision. 



People used to say you clicked only with your dad. 


People would find some way to give their own egos a boost, even if it means making such irresponsible statements. Please ask them to look at the collections of Krissh. It's the biggest hit of my career. And if I've a director at home who can conceive ideal projects for me, why shouldn't I make use of it? 



What is your dad's next super-hero film? 


He's going through various story ideas. Krissh will live on even if it isn't my next film with my dad. Yes we've thought of turning Krissh into a comic-book character, or an animation character. Dad is exploring various possibilities. 



Your future plans? 


Jodha Akbar right away, then Zoya Akhtar's film. Dates are in place. 



Are you obsessed with your looks? 


The true freedom and flight of an actor can only happen when he can break through that cage of physicality. At some point in our life, all of us have to stop trying to look good all the time. This vanity keeps every actor chained down. I'm trying to go beyond that. It isn't easy to go beyond your physicality. Finally when you face the camera it's your connectivity with the character that counts.