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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 10 January 1974Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Birth NameHrithik Rakesh Nagrath
Nickname Duggu
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. After having appeared in films as a child actor in the 1980s, Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000) for which Roshan earned his Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Male Debut. In 2001, he went on to appear in the melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001), which became India's highest-grossing film in the overseas market and his biggest commercial success to date. Following through with several unnoticed performances from 2002-03, he starred in the commercially successful Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and its sequel _Krrish_, both of which won him numerous Best Actor awards. Roshan received his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in the action film Dhoom 2 (2006). He later received critical acclaim for his performance in Jodhaa Akbar (2008), for which he received his first international award at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival. These accomplishments have established him as a leading contemporary actor of Hindi cinema.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Raju

Often described as India's 'most complete actor', Hrithik Roshan is the culmination of old Hindi film industry from both sides of his pedigree.

His maternal grandfather - director-producer _J. Om Prakash_ - first introduced little Hrithik onscreen at age 6 by slyly having his crew shoot without the boy's knowledge as he danced on the set of Aasha (1980) while visiting grandpa. J. Om Prakash later gave young Hrithik his only actual speaking role as a child, directing him in the key role of Rajnikanth's adopted son in Bhagwaan Dada (1986).

Paternal grandfather Roshan Lal Nagrath - the original "Roshan" - was a gifted classical musician and famous composer who as music director in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s helped define the emerging Bollywood film song. He died before Hrithik was born. But even Hrithik's grandmother - variously credited as "Ira Nagrath" and "Ira Roshan" - is herself a musician-composer who completed her husband's films at Roshan's death and continued for many years as assistant music director on her son's projects - Hrithik's uncle, multiple Filmfare Award winning composer Rajesh Roshan.

Hrithik's father - Rakesh Roshan - entered the film industry as an assistant to J. Om Prakash before shifting to actor, a successful leading man in such films as Khubsoorat (1980). Rakesh later organised the family film company, FilmKraft Productions (India) Pvt. Ltd., first as producer and later director.

Meanwhile Hrithik graduated from Mumbai's prestigious Bombay Scottish School and took a Bachelor of Commerce degree first class from Sydenham College. He turned down a UCLA master's degree scholarship to enter films. To learn the craft of film from the ground up, from Khel (1992) through Koyla (1997) Hrithik toiled as a largely uncredited assistant on the family's film projects, gradually progressing from such unglamorous tasks as set-sweeping, tea-fetching, or clapper-loading up to a major role in story development, camera, direction, and editing. All the while Hrithik studied acting, dance, martial arts, and even bodybuilding (having always been hopelessly thin) to prepare himself to become a film actor.

14 January 2000: Hrithik Roshan's resultant debut film, Kaho Naa ... Pyaar Hai, not only firmly established Hrithik as dramatic hero, romantic hero, and action hero, but actually revolutionised the Hindi film industry in significant ways.

Through unparalleled work ethic and sheer honesty, talent, and commitment as an actor, Hrithik has parlayed the natural gift of symmetrical features and a tall athletic frame into hitherto unimaginable standards. He effectively redefined the Hindi film hero. Short, fat, ugly guys no longer need apply. Likewise, actors with limited dramatic range, or those lacking commitment to work. Lead actors would now have to act and dance and fight for themselves as never before. Existing stars either adapted to the new standard, as Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan did, or went into decline, such as Govinda.

In the years since Kaho Naa ... Pyaar Hai Hrithik has never looked back, always continually pushing himself in new directions. Thus he has achieved critical, commercial, and award-winning success with roles as diverse as a charming but brain-damaged child-adult, Koi ... Mil Gaya (2003), an enigmatic master thief, Dhoom 2 (2006), a quadriplegic, Guzaarish (2010), India's first film superhero, Krrish (2006), and even the moghul emperor Akbar the Great himself, Jodhaa Akbar (2008).

Hrithik married his childhood sweetheart and longtime girlfriend, successful interior designer and businesswoman Sussanne Khan (herself from a Hindi film clan), in December 2000. They have two sons: Hrehaan, born 2006, and Hridaan, born 2008.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: seattlescrnwrtr

Spouse (1)

Sussanne Khan (20 December 2000 - 1 November 2014) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (69)

Was catapulted overnight to instant superstardom with debut hit film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000).
Has two thumbs on his right hand that are grown together.
Made stubbles fashionable in India.
Excellent dancer.
The country wide hysteria following the release of his first film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000) is known as hrithikmania and lasted for 1 year only as his films bombed from 2001-2004. The hysteria was similar but lesser in comparison to Rajesh Khanna hysteria in 1969-1976 period.
The look of his muscular, chiselled body started a fitness boom in India.
Hrithik is a perfectionist who believes in extensive rehearsals and preparations.
Salman Khan was one of Hrithik's first trainers, who helped him build a physique prior to his debut.
Hindi megastar.
Often visits terminally ill children in hospitals that desperately wish to meet him.
Role models are Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna and Sanjeev Kumar.
Wanted to quit the film business altogether after his father Rakesh Roshan was shot at and wounded by hitmen sent by the Bollywood mafia, but changed his mind.
Prepared himself extensively for his screen debut, taking acting, singing, dancing, fencing, riding etc. lessons for years. He also worked hard on his diction and physical appearance (strenuous workout routines).
Fought hard to overcome a stammering problem.
Worked for many years on the sets of his father Rakesh Roshan in various functions, including sweeping the floor and serving tea to the stars, to learn the business from scratch.
Believes in the good in every person, a character trait often misinterpreted by others as gullibility and/or naïvety.
Got 30000 (!) marriage proposals on Valentine's day 2000.
Was the victim of a defamation campaign in late december 2000. Rumors were spread that he stated in an interview that he hates Nepal and its people. This immediately led to riots in Nepal, cinemas showing his films were attacked, posters burnt, Hindi movies banned in general for some days and several people shot dead by the police. The events made headlines all over the world and the governments of Indian and Nepal got involved as well. Anti Indian/Hrithik sentiment died down quickly when it became clear that the alleged statements were a fabrication and the rumors were spread by a malicious third party, possibly the Bollywood mafia, still pissed about not getting the foreign rights to Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000). Nepal born actress Manisha Koirala played an important role in getting the news to the people in Nepal that the accusations were false.
In January 2001 Hrithik Roshan was again involved in a controversy. This time about a poster created and used by the Democratic Alliance in South Africa in November 2000 to woo Indian voters. The poster used his face without permission. The ANC reacted angrily and threatened to ban his films.
His total income from product endorsements in 2000 is estimated to be 20 crore Rupees (~5 million $), by far the most among Bollywood stars.
Was awarded the "National Citizen's Award" on August 25 2001 in Delhi. The award recognises excellence in various activities affecting national life.
Has been called the first complete Bollywood actor who has no weakness and scores very high in every department: face, physique, voice, dancing, drama, romance, action, comedy, macho, softie...
On January 14 2000 Hrithik Roshan entered a cinema to attend the premiere of his first film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000). When he came in some people recognised him but not much happened. When the film was over there was a stampede and mass hysteria broke out. He got mobbed. The police had to come and escort him out of the cinema and away from a crowd of thousands. It was the first day of Hrithikmania in India, which held the country in its grip for many months to come.
Learnt Urdu to sound more eloquent in his films, this can be seen by the special reference to his ability with the language in the film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai
Came in on number 9 on a Bollywood power list released in December 2003, and on number 4 among actors (behind Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan).
Was diagnosed at age 21 with scoliosis and told he could never be an actor, dance and do all the things a Bollywood hero needs to do.
Hrithik has been documenting his daily life for many years by taking pictures and putting them in scrapbooks.
Hrithik's normal weight is 72kg. He adds to it or reduces it as the role requires. For Krrish (2006) he added ~6kg muscle, for parts of Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) he lost several kilos to look more childlike.
He is of Punjabi descent.
Came in on number 4 on the Filmfare Bollywood power list in January 2007.
Director-producer J. Om Prakash managed to include into his film Aasha (1980) the first screen appearance of his grandson -- future Hindi film superstar Hrithik Roshan, then aged only 6 -- by having his crew shoot without the boy's knowledge, as he danced on the set while visiting grandpa. Hrithik was later "paid" with INR 100 (around US$ 2) worth of chocolates and miniature toy cars.
As an adult whose successful acting career was only possible thanks to long years of speech therapy to overcome a crippling childhood stammer, in 2009 Hrithik inaugurated an upgraded Audiology & Speech Therapy department at the same hospital which had helped him. He also donated INR 2,000,000 (20 lakhs) in the memory of his grandmother Ira Roshan.
Security is always tight in Kashmir, due to the very real threat of terrorist violence. (Which is, after all, what the movie Mission Kashmir was about.) But in late 1999 when lead actor Hrithik Roshan arrived on location to start shooting Mission Kashmir, his first film had not yet released to theatres, so no one recognized his face. Arriving for the first day's shoot dressed as a Kashmiri militant, which he portrays in the film, security thought Hrithik really WAS Kashmiri - because of his fair skin and light colouring - and refused to allow him on set! Shortly thereafter, on 14 Jan 2000 Hrithik's début film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai turned him superstar overnight, 'Hrithikmania' swept India and his face was instantly recognized everywhere.
Grandmother Ira Nagrath was a music director in films.
Hrithik has the honour of being an insatiable foodie as well as a complete health nut. The discipline he keeps himself under results in him being able to binge eat without suffering any effects. However, he was a very fussy eater in childhood. His refusal to eat meant many moments of exasperation for his father.
He has played the most number of disabled characters in mainstream commercial cinema and done so successfully.
When his statue was created at Madame Tussaud's gallery in 2011, he was the youngest Bollywood celeb to be featured there.
He's a Rubik's cube aficionado - his personal record is 8 minutes.
Hrithik is a huge superhero fan - and while he admires Batman and Ironman, his favorite hero is Superman.
Many Indian actors have attempted to play superheroes on screen but Hrithik's Krrish is the only which was successful and spawned its own franchise.
Bang Bang was the first Indian film to introduce the sport of flyboarding as a stunt. However, in the process of executing this stunt, Hrithik suffered an injury which led to a subdural haematoma. It wasn't caught in the initial CT scan and thus the blood continued to build up within the cerebral membranes and kept putting pressure on his brain. Finally, after two months of acute headaches, another check was carried out. This exposed the clot, and necessitated emergency brain surgery.
In his spare time, he is either working out, reading or his personal favorite - doing absolutely nothing.
Two of his films have amusement park rides modeled after them - Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Krrish. For the Krrish ride in Dubai, Hrithik was personally involved in the concept development until the final stages.
Hrithik is a regular contributor to various charities and has even set up his own Foundation to help with the finances of paraplegic people since Guzaarish. He also takes care of the educational needs of the children of his staff.
He had multiple disguises during Dhoom 2. Each disguise took around 6 hours to set up.
He worked with South Indian Superstar Rajnikanth at the age of 10 in the film 'Bhagwan Dada'.
Hrithik has been writing poetry in his spare time since childhood. He wrote his first poem at the age of 11.
He is a certified sea diver.
A stunt gone wrong during the shoot of Krrish in Singapore was almost catastrophic. He was suspended from the side of a skyscraper with cables when they snapped and sent him hurtling down towards the pavement almost eighty feet below. Thankfully he fell on the canopy of a shop which was put up just minutes earlier due to rain.
He is a registered eye donor.
He was selected as the face of Hong Kong tourism in 2004 to leverage on his appeal and the high number of visitors from India.
He is widely regarded as the best dancer in Bollywood. His signature moves in songs like Ek Pal Ka Jeena, Dhoom Again and Bang Bang have become cult classics. He has also experimented with many different dance styles including hip-hop for Kites, contemporary for Guzaarish and salsa for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara.
The sense of smell is supposed to act as the most powerful memory trigger. Hrithik uses this in a unique way. He uses a different cologne for each character he plays and then never uses it again. So if he has to draw upon the memories of playing a particular character, the specific cologne helps him focus.
The highest number of views any video featuring Hrithik has received is the music video 'Dheere Dheere'. It was created in collaboration with the music label T-Series and has over 200 million views.
Hrithik played a dubbing artist in Kaabil and carried all the voice mimicry himself. He dubbed in a total of 6 voices in the film.
The character of Raj in Kaho Na Pyar Hai and the character of Rohit in Koi Mil Gaya were diametrically opposite. Yet the most visible accessory for both these characters - the glasses - were the same pair.
Like many other young children, he was obsessed with action figures and toy models of cars. He would get so involved in his own world while playing that he would lose track of time. One day his entire family was in an uproar as he couldn't be found anywhere. After hours of fruitless searching and on the brink of calling the police, his parents found him sitting on the floor underneath the bed, playing with his figures and completely oblivious to the chaos outside.
At the age of 21, he was diagnosed with scoliosis and was told that he would never be able to dance. He was also told that he would never be able to do all the things a Bollywood hero was required to do. To top it, he had a stammering problem. But Hrithik fought hard. He overcame his stammering problem with regular speech therapy, read up on all material he could find on scoliosis and finally built up his physique and stamina to the extent that he was considered to be one of the fittest actors around by the time of his debut.
His looks get him worldwide attention - he was in the Top 5 in a worldwide poll on 'Most Handsome Faces'. He's also won the 'Sexiest Asian Man' title three times in a row, as well as the title of 'Sexiest Father'.
He is the only actor to have received the awards for both Best Debut and Best Actor at all awards ceremonies.
He represented 'Good Health and Wellbeing' as part of the 'Global Goals for Sustainable Development' campaign by United Nations.
The success of Kaho Na Pyaar Hai made New Zealand, the setting of the second half of the movie, a major tourist destination. He was felicitated by the New Zealand government for increasing the tourist footfall in the country.
Kaho Na Pyaar Hai has an entry in Limca Book of Records for the most awards won by a single film.
He was passionate about extreme cycling. He even participated in the state level BMX championship at the under-15 level. His mom surprised him by showing up for the competition even though nobody in his family knew about him participating.
When Facebook reached the milestone of 1 billion active users, the company released a video commemorating the fact. Hrithik was the only Indian featured in that video.
As a young child, he was fascinated with the way gravity changed the trajectory of objects falling from a height. Unfortunately the way he used to observe this effect was by throwing empty beer bottles down from the building terrace on to unsuspecting passerby's. Needless to say they weren't happy at all. And neither was his father.
When a crucial scene in Jodhaa Akbar needed him to perform alongside an elephant, he built up the camaraderie with her by feeding her bananas daily for close to two months.
He loves building structures with Lego blocks.
He is ambidextrous.

Personal Quotes (84)

(November 2000): "I take all this hysteria as a compliment."
(2000): "I am glad I have the intelligence to understand what is happening to me. If I allow myself to get affected by all this hype, I'll stunt my growth as an actor and be damned for life. I know that I still have a long way to go before I can even aspire to equal the achievements of any of the superstars. I know I am good at my job, and I am sure I will be damn good one day but right now, I also know how bad I can be."
(November 2000): "I have been elevated to such a high status that the fall will be very steep."
(December 2000): "Every once a week, I get up and feel that I cannot act any more. I just get very unsure of myself. But, once I give my first shot, I'm back on track. Insecurity isn't bad, it makes me work harder."
(December 2000): "Some day I want to be better than Shah Rukh Khan. And I will be better than him, if I continue working the way I am. Some day, I would like to achieve more than what Shahrukh has achieved in his ten years. But first, give me my ten years of time."
(February 2001): "Every moment of my life, I live under threat. I have two gunmen with me. If I die now I will be immortal. Everything finished in a year. I will be a legend!"
(July 2001): "I thought of every possible angle which would drive me towards stardom. But I never thought of, when I become a star, what will I do, how will I handle it. Everything has hit me all at once. I realize I don't have the talent to handle it."
(July 2001): "Hollywood is definitely happening to me but right now I'm not happening for Hollywood. Maybe if offers still last by 2005 I will. I'm committed until then."
(2001): I make the best Spanish omelettes in the world, but I won't tell you the recipe!
(March 2002): "I can be the best James Bond there is."
(March 2000): I can never wear the same shirt twice because it's always torn by the time I come home!
(June 2002): I won't do a film with any film-maker unless he gives me a bound script... My date diary's blank from 2003 onwards.
(2000, when asked about his fantasy woman): "Gabrielle Anwar. I had a huge crush on her for ever so long. Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). I thought she was really hot!"
(December 2002): "After two years of being in films I've realized that I don't need to do movies just for the sake of it. Now I will not do a film unless the role is to die for. It may sound preposterous but I'd also like to do something like 'Spiderman' or 'A Beautiful Mind'. Only such cinema stimulates me. I don't want to do the routine stuff."
(July 2003): "It's not a prerequisite for an actor to be obsessed about his looks. I know there are people who don't look in the mirror at all and I'm getting there."
(July 2003): "I've never had a decent haircut except the short one I'm sporting right now for "Lakshya"."
(July 2003): "I'm not religious. I don't visit temples. But I hope there is a superpower."
(July 2003): "Of course I'm curious about porn. It exists because there is a market for it. It needs to exist but it should be properly channelised. It shouldn't be accessible to everyone."
(July 2003): "My physique is all wrong. I'd like to change everything about my looks."
(July 2003): "Quite often I feel that there is no God. War, natural calamities, handicaps, suffering. When I see all this, I fear there's no God. And the thought scares me shitless."
I'm a child myself. So how can I think of having one right now!
(September 2003): I'm above hits and flops now. I wish to go down in the annals of Indian cinema history as a good actor.
(January 2004): I don't know fashion and I have no taste.
(January 2004): I've scrapped my entire working style and taken on a new approach. The release of Lakshya (2004) will prove whether the new approach is right or not. If it doesn't work I'll go back to the old mode of working. If it works, I'll be adopting this style in all my roles.
(2004): I would like to meet the person who shot my father.
(July 2004): I am the person I am today primarily due to the fine example set by both my parents.
(July 2004): I've done films without optimum excitement. It didn't work. I can afford to take my time now.
(July 2004): "Lakshya" is my most subtle performance. "Koi... Mil Gaya" was an in-your-face performance.
(July 2004): I've done various films for various wrong reasons. They didn't get me anywhere.
(August 2004): I am a complete 'foodie'. It's in the genes. I can't stop eating! It's only that I fear of the world finding out that I have a bad body which makes me strive to have my diet in place and exercise right.
(February 2006): I'm just a student who is still learning, so I can't give discourses on acting.
(February 2006): My big dream is to take our cinema to a world platform. The idea of acting in a Jackie Chan film doesn't excite me. That's betrayal.
(July 2006): One mistake we always make is to ape the West. We attempt films that we think they will like. The true crossover films are Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2003) and Life Is Beautiful (2000), where the director goes entirely by his conviction, culture, community and conditioning. I am hoping, not just for me and my father and family, but for Indian cinema that Krrish (2006) will succeed, so we can envision an even bigger extravaganza. We want to afford that freedom to take our cinema higher. I believe we are very close now to getting noticed on a world platform.
I was always the pet of my teachers in school probably because I was considered to be very cute. Because of my innocent looks I usually got away with a lot of mischief. I was spoilt and pampered by everyone. All I had to do was sport a lost-boy look and I would have things my way. At home too, if I wasn't given something I wanted, I would simply sit with a long face till I got it.
On his first villain role in Dhoom 2 (2006): "I've played the good guy long enough. Now it's time for me to get seriously evil. I always wanted to play a cool villain. And since the bad guy in Dhoom 2 (2006) is multi-dimensional, playing this nightmarish guy is a dream come true".
(December 2006): If someone pretends not to recognize me, then he needs to get a life.
On his infamous kiss with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Dhoom 2 (2006): "I did give it a lot of thought. There was enough reason and inspiration here to go ahead. I tried to make it as beautiful as possible. And I stand by it completely" (April 2007).
I have met quite a few quadriplegic patients and their families (while researching his role for Guzaarish). There is a lot of pain and suffering that they go through. The extent of that we can never really understand. But what is amazing is that, though they have all these problems in their lives, never is there one moment when they are not smiling. And that is a lesson that I think is a gift that I received from them, and a gift that I think you all will receive from this movie.
They say that many people come in your life, but some leave a footprint on your heart after which your life is never the same again. For me it is not a person, it is a movie. Guzaarish has changed the way I see the world. It has given a whole new perspective to my life.
(November 2010): [Guzaarish] teaches you how to truly Live and enjoy and be happy -- wherever you are, whoever you are, with whatever problems you have.
(November 2010): This movie [Guzaarish] didn't just help me grow as an actor, it made me grow as a person. And I can't thank Sanjay Leela Bhansali enough for that.
(June 2010 - Q: "Don't you perceive [when dancing] that you are doing something that is really special?") It's not that I am the best dancer, but it looks good when I dance because I have these really narrow feet and my centre of gravity is really high, which gives the illusion of tipping over, an illusion that makes every step look better when I do it. That's the only way I can analyse it.
(June 2010 -- Q on dance and acting) I am an actor and dance is one of the things I do, one of the expressions of my acting. Like sometimes I have a tear in my eye, sometimes I say fast dialogues, sometimes I jump off buildings, and sometimes I dance. If one expression is appreciated more than the other, then that's somebody's point of view. I don't consider dance my forte. I do it like I do everything else -- struggle to make it my best.
(July 2011) I believe that if you're going to risk your life and jump off a building, you bloody well should make it look convincing. Unless you are honest during moments of physical intimacy, you will appear uncomfortable and guilty on screen. When you see the lead pair in an English movie kissing, it's rarely offensive or 'a bit much'. That's because of the conviction in their performance.
(July 2011) My last proper vacation was in 2003. I need another.
[February 2008 - describing his character Akbar's relationship with his empress, Jodhaa] His first attraction is not one of love or lust or one of those. Somewhere I think he believes in her strength, her strength as an individual.
[July 2012 - honored with his wife, businesswoman Sussanne Khan Roshan, as 'India's premier power couple'] The whole idea of two people being one and loving as one is all wrong. You have to accept the other person as an individual and love each other as two individuals. Stand apart and love. Be unafraid to give and receive love as an individual.
[recalling, in 2009 as an adult and successful actor, his childhood battle to overcome a crippling stammer] I suffered with a speech problem, and it took me a long, long, long time. It's been the hardest kind of struggle for someone who wants to be an actor. But I got the help at the right time, and now I'm -- here. So miracles do happen! I want to tell all the families out there, the children who are struggling and living without hope, to just believe enough -- and look at me. You can change your life!
[Questioned in January 2017 about his favourite car -- among a personal garage known to also contain a Ferrari Modena, Maserati Spyder, and Rolls Royce Ghost Series II] I think at the moment, it's got to be my MINI Cooper. The reason simply is that my kids love it and it's a great car for a dad to take his kids on a ride.
On Parenting - I'd say that I am a guide to them (Hrehaan and Hridaan), a friend to them and a father to them. Different things at different times.
Hrithik has the fluidity and rhythm to move effortlessly through songs. I think he got this sense of rhythm from his grandparents. His grandfather was a great composer and his grandmother a very good singer. His uncle Rajesh Roshan is a well-known composer and even Hrithik's father Rakesh has a very good music sense. His musical heritage comes alive in his dance moves. Hrithik's a brilliant actor too. Woh itna sundaracting karta hai ki main hairaan ho jaati hoon. (Translation: I am stunned by his acting.) I think his greatest gift from God is that he looks very innocent. His eyes are so deep and transparent: Lata Mangeshkar
I really would want to create and shoot an anthem with all the flags of the world. That film would be played in cinemas across the world before a movie begins and have all the people from various countries stand up for each other's flags as 'One World'. Can you imagine how that would unite us! Can you see the pride in that! How beautiful that would be!
My grandfather, my nanaji, J. Om Prakash is my other role model. He is someone I have tried to emulate and I hope to be like him when I am his age. His silent strength, his wisdom, is amazing. I haven't come across a more well read man than him. There's a peace and calm and serenity about him that is wonderful. When I am with him, I instantly become a student. I just sit and watch and listen to him and he always has something educating and inspirational to tell me... Something from his past, some incident that happened, or some book that he has read. He always tries to instill some good quality in me. I look forward to meeting him and sometimes when I am not able to meet him, I feel starved for his company, of the things that he teaches me. He has influenced me a great deal.
If I had a son I'd like him to be Hrithik. His eyes speak volumes. His body language and his whole demeanor is breathtaking. Main to fidaa ho gayi. Actor ho to aisa (Translation: I am in love with his work, actors should be like him): Shabana Azmi
I am an extremist. I'm powerful in every direction I go. So if I go into a dark space in my head I can make it really dark. Which is why it has been a constant practice to not go there.
Creativity should never the about money. True, money is at the centre of our existence. But it is not all-important. There are other things which make life richer, which have nothing to do with money. If you measure money against your desires, you will always be poor. But if you measure money against your needs, you will always be rich. Money should be a means to an end, not an end in itself. People always react to what they see. And they give according to what they see. If they see a hungry man, they will give him food, if they see a poor man, they will give him money, if they see an angry man, they will shun him and if they see a promising man, they will give him opportunities. That's human instinct. Instead of showing your anger and frustration and helplessness at the struggle you may be going through, show them your promise and do it with a smile.

Be honest with yourself. You have to be brutally honest with yourself first, to be sure whether you have it in you to make it. That was the first thing I did. I took a good, hard look at myself to see if I had the potential.

There was an acquaintance of mine who struggled in the industry for about five to six years. He never got a decent job. When he was 29, he left India and went to America and today he is a millionaire. I used to keep telling him, maybe this is not meant for you, maybe you're meant for something else. But he was relentless and he was hung up about making it in films. Now he tells me, 'Hrithik you were so right. I wish I had not wasted those seven years of my life!' My point here is, if you are not getting where you want to in the first two years, if you have not even started off, then there's something else meant for you. Chase another dream!
'Half your life you work at becoming famous. And when you do, you hide behind dark glasses!' - Al Pacino

Again, this applies to an unfortunate few. There are certain actors who are very, very shy people. When they start off, they realize they can be extremely confident behind the mask of a character. When they become stars, the fame and popularity compels them to stand before the world as themselves with the same amount of confidence and they are unable to do that because they are so used to a mask! Suddenly when stardom happens, you become greater than the character and everywhere people want to know about you, want more of you. Many times we don't feel that confident and so we don't want to be in that limelight. We want to hide away because we don't consider ourselves as good as what we are in the film...Greek God good looks, perfect emotions, those are actually just a mirage.

Even I went through the same thing right after Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai. But once I accepted that I could never be as good as what I portray on screen, I found a lot of peace within. It's okay not to be as good. The image is one thing and a human being another; it's also very hard to live up to another image. Infact, I would go so far as to say that it's futile. Basically it is very unintelligent if you get mixed up between the persona and the person. Of course it's a trap that a lot of fools fall into as actors.

Somewhere this trying to hide away arises from insecurity too. You want to make your fans happy. You want them to be impressed by you and you don't think that the way you are in real life is good enough to you put on an act. You speak with a deeper voice or you start walking with a swagger, a little frown on your forehead just to show what a lot of weight you have on your shoulders because you are a star. I know this because I was doing exactly these things for a while after Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai's release.

One day, I was in Delhi surrounded by fans, signing autographs and playing Raj from the film to the hilt. I had done that character to perfection in my head and it wasn't a tough act. So I was putting on this whole Raj act, talking and signing autographs and being a star when suddenly I saw my parents standing a little ahead, watching me from a distance. I was so embarrassed because I knew that they knew the truth about what and who I really am. I felt so ashamed at that moment. In an instant I just threw my hands up, I drew a breath, sat down and went back to being myself. I started talking like myself, being a fool and not being too hard on myself for allowing myself to be a fool. And things just became so much easier and I started enjoying myself. That was a whole load off my shoulders.
My regular day is actually quite irregular when compared to a normal person's day. I get up and put on make-up. Which normal person does that?
I have a fetish about the aesthetics of my body. I don't like myself when I am out of shape. I miss my gym.
It's not a privilege to be born as a rich and famous man's kid, mostly it's a disadvantage. You tend to become lazy and complacent and used to luxury. Where Hrehaan and Hridhaan are privileged is in their being born to a father who has experienced ups and downs and acquired a humble sense of life and the world. And if you have space, these few additions are also great.
With Koi Mil Gaya, I understood the flight of an actor for the first time.
I guess when you detach yourself from issues that you thought were humongous and put yourself in perspective, like when you see that even the solar system can be just a dot and insignificant in the universe, it kind of gives you a spiritual edge, and so the only thing that becomes important in life is feeling good about yourself. So whether you're searching for things that you're passionate about on the ground floor or 100th of the evolution ladder, your soul will only be stimulated if your eventual goal is happiness, not fame and riches.
Hrehaan and Hridhaan are pure angels and pure delight. Unfortunately, they are not naughty and that keeps me a little concerned as I too, was not naughty as a kid.
There will be durations where you will be out there and not see them for days on end and that's the time you should feel stronger about yourself that you are working to provide for them. When I miss them too much, instead of feeling too bad, I rephrase it and tell myself that I am doing this as I am a provider. And they will be better people knowing that they had a strong father who went out there and provided for them. Love should never disempower you. It should empower you even more.
Thanks to Farhan, with Lakshya, I learnt what it meant to be completely unaware of the camera. It was also my first sync sound film, which was terrifying.
I am so full of love that it's not possible I won't find love.
I was the most unlikely candidate to become an actor.
Good looks is not really about eyes, ears, nose, mouth, construction... it's about expression. There are lots of faces that are very beautiful, but if you don't express right, then it's of no use. But it doesn't hurt that people find me nice looking (smiles).
My sons. They were the only source of some sort of happiness for me. I had to create a world for them that gave them the hope that their dad would be all right. I didn't want them to see that their father had been beaten. My mission now is just to make them happy.
A line from my favourite poem goes: If you can meet with triumph and disaster... and treat those two impostors just the same.
You have to be stupid to not be humble. We are all mortals. And whatever power is bestowed upon us has been done by others.
Feelings are temperamental, they change everyday. I base my life on outcome and results. Every day I wake up, and set myself four things to do, which I have never done before or are difficult, even impossible. At the end of the day I tick them off. If I've accomplished what I set out to do, I sleep like a baby.
I'm feeling centered and content. At peace with myself. I'm finally owning my space. I feel like I'm journeying back to the person I was.
Well, let's put it like this... if I ever write a book, Bang Bang and my personal ups and downs during this period will be the interval point of the book. The second half of my life will be the ... (pauses for a while) the better part of my life (smiles).
No one has ever wronged me. I don't give them the power to wrong me.
I am so happy with where I am and who I am right now that if I change even a single thing; it would change the truth of who I am. So, I wouldn't change anything. I am very happy and proud of every single experience I have had.
Stammering is something that's never left my mind. I still can't watch the King's Speech.
Highs and lows are part of life. When you are on a high, you have to learn to ride that wave and enjoy it. And when you're low, you should learn to gain perspective, use your sense of humour and laugh even harder.
My character. Everything you do in life is with the sole purpose of building a character. If you have grown from every situation positive or negative, then your character is built. But if you're still blaming God and complaining about your circumstances still, then your character is not even defined.
My bond with my boys is true and strong, not just because they are my sons, but because we three are perfectly cast in characters that get along so well when we are together. Nothing remains special if you are not constantly pushing your imagination to discover and invent possibilities. Fatherhood didn't just happen to me, I am deliberately living it, re-imagining it and rediscovering it every day. It is as beautiful as I make it, just like anything else in life.
I make peace with it when I see the first copy of my film. I have never been surprised with the fate of my film. It's all done in my head.
I'm a man of truth. I believe in spreading love, I believe in looking at life beyond the material. I believe in people and that we are a part of the whole.
I am an explorer, an adventurer... what the world fears, I want to conquer. You can expect the unexpected from me.
It depends on which illusion you choose to live by. If you focus only on yourself, you would be sad. But if you focus on others, you can be happy. You can create love and it will fill you..

Salary (6)

Aasha (1980) रू100
Aap Ke Deewane (1980) रू300
Fiza (2000) रू50,000,000
Mission Kashmir (2000) रू10,000,000
Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002) रू20,000,000
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002) रू50,000,000

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