"An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease." Hrithik Roshan proves these famous words by Micheal Chekhov true. With his unflinching commitment towards his craft, backed by the Greek God looks and humongous talent, Hrithik has stood the testimony of time with élan. He just completed two decades in Tinsel town, hitting a new career curve with a myriad variety of films like Super 30 and War showcasing his range as a performer. What works for him is perhaps his instinct and foresight as an actor to gauge the changing cinematic scenario and flow seamlessly.
With interesting projects in his kitty as per the hearsay, the coming years look promising too. At 46, the game seems to have just got stronger for the actor. He tops the wish-list of renowned filmmakers and noteworthy banners. He is on the correct side of the social discourse, picking on the correct societal conversations through his work and otherwise. He is one of the best actors we have seen when it comes to commercial Indian cinema and the massive fandom that he enjoys not just in India but world over, is rarely witnessed for other stars. His popularity cuts across various regions and demographic profiles in India.
Going by the Bollywood trend, where age is just a number and a superstar continues to be loved by the audience well over 55, there's a lot more than a decade for Hrithik to do what he does best on the screen. In that sense, Hrithik, at 46, has just embarked on the next level to enthrall us. His diverse character portrayals in films like War and Super 30, that released in the same year, only prove that he's ready for challenges and the game has just begun.
Here’s an actor who’s willing to take the road less travelled and experiment his way through. Transforming his body and experimenting with looks comes easy to the actor. He was applauded by critics for showing grit and conviction playing the de-glam, rustic small town teacher, Anand Kumar in Super 30. In Agneepath, he relived the iconic character, Vijay Deenanath Chauhan which was originally played by none other than Amitabh Bachchan himself! To do justice to a remake and be remembered for it doesn’t happen usually but with this film he proved his mettle loud and clear. If that wasn't enough to showcase his caliber, his effortless portrayal of a blind man in Kaabil speaks volumes of his expertise.
Having brand Hrithik as their protagonist is a director's delight. For we’ve seen him do justice to racy, edgy commercial films like Dhoom 2, Krishh, Bang Bang and War as he does to films like Guzaarsih and Super 30. He’s shown that no one can play the quintessential 'hero' and a superhero as well as the guy next door, the way he does. He also brings the much needed commercial viability to the business of cinema.
And going by his fitness and physical appearance, looks like he's tiding against time rather beautifully. Looking at his graph and clearly, the next ten years will be a breeze for Hrithik. Superstar, super actor and super dancer... Hrithik Roshan will continue to rule the box-office and our hearts for many more years to come...
We've seen Hrithik as the actor's actor whose portrayals often make us reconsider our own moral choices whether it’s the aimless youngster, Karan in Lakshya or the righteous emperor in Jodha Akhbar. With films like Guzaarish, he brought the subject of mercy killing to the forefront giving us food for thought. In Lakshya, as Lt Karan Shergill, he awakened our patriotic side inspiring the younger generation to devote themselves to the nation. And in Super 30, when he said, "Ab Raja ka Beta Raja Nahi Banega… Ab Raja Wahi Banega Jo Haqdaar Hoga…" it made absolute sense. In Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, he not just emphasised on overcoming your fears but also living life to the fullest, especially for the younger generation with their complicated lifestyles. And he's only getting better and bigger with time, offering unforgettable cinematic experiences. His perseverance towards giving the audiences the best experiences possible has been reciprocated by the immense love showered on him by his fans. He never ceases to creates magic on the screen as well as at the box-office.
He is one of the very few actors who can bridge the gap between classes and masses so effortlessly. On one hand, he's the face of some prestigious premium brands on the other; he can endorses something as massy as a vest with equal conviction. If he can play the suave Arjun Saluja in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, he can play a small town teacher too. It has to be his life journey that gives him the fuel to be a part of any world he signs up for.
Numbers speak for themselves and in Hrithik's case, be it the box-office collections of his recent films like War, Super 30, Bang Bang, Krishh 3 or his social media followers, the count is humongous. The superstar has burgeoning fans, not just in India but across the globe. That he's an elite member of the much- coveted 300 crore-plus club is no surprise.
Hrithik Roshan can easily be described as the 'Complete Man'. Someone who has dealt with his strengths and weaknesses with equal elan. Someone who has taken the highs and the lows of his life and career with grace and grit. At 21, he was diagnosed with scoliosis, which put his acting career at a huge risk. But undeterred, Hrithik overcame it just as he rose with his stammering problem. In 2013, he suffered from chronic subdural haematoma and underwent a brain surgery to remove a clot due to head injuries suffered during filming. He'ss also handled personal turmoil and controversies with calm and restraint, never letting go of his dignity. He's a perfect role model for Gen Next for being a dedicated family man, an exemplary father to his sons Hrehaan and Hridhan. He’s bounced back stronger than ever after every setback he’s faced. What's admirable is his friendship and co-parenting his kids with ex-wife Sussanne Khan.
For Hrithik, who became the nation's 'heart-throb' right after stepping foot in the industry, audiences' love has continued to rise. Hrithik too, doesn’t leave an opportunity to reciprocate their love. Like recently, he joined the band wagon in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Apart from contributing handsomely to the various relief funds, he stepped in to provide essentials to Covid 19 front liners like the police officials and BMC workers. That he also kept everyone’s morale high with entertaining and informative social media interactions showed us his humane side.
The year gone by has brought more than its share of troubles and setbacks to the business of cinema. Theatres, exhibitors and producers have suffered terrible losses during the pandemic that has lasted over ten months now. In such a scenario, it is actors like Hrithik who will prove to be instrumental in bringing audiences back to the cinema halls and set the cash counters ringing once again. That’s the power of a superstar and in Bollywood, Hrithik is probably the last of them.