Hrithik Roshan at the launch of Rado HyperChrome Collection in Mumbai in Jan 2013
|Born|| 10 January 1974 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Years active||1980–1986 (child artist) |
|Spouse(s)||Suzanne Khan (2000 – present)|
Hrithik Roshan (born on 10 January 1974) is an Indian film actor known for his versatility and work ethic in addition to great dramatic range. After small appearances as a child in several films throughout the 1980s, Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in 2000. His performance in the film earned him Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Male Debut. He followed it with leading roles in Fiza and Mission Kashmir (both released in 2000) and a supporting part in the blockbuster Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001).
Following through with several unnoticed performances from 2002 to 2003, he starred in the blockbusters Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and its sequel Krrish (2006), 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, and his fourth for Jodhaa Akbar for which he was also awarded at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival. He later received further acclaim for his work in Guzaarish (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Agneepath (2012), his biggest commercial success so far. These accomplishments have established him as a leading contemporary actor of Hindi cinema.
Hrithik's maternal grandfather—famous director-producer J. Om Prakash—first introduced his beloved grandson on-screen at age 6 in the hugely successful Aasha (1980), by secretly having his camera crew film without the little boy's knowledge as he danced spontaneously while 'visiting Grandpa' on Grandpa's movie set. As J. Om Prakash later recounted the event:
- 'The song was to be shot on Jeetendra. Hrithik was on the sets, and he liked the interlude music very much and started dancing. I had asked my cameraperson and crew to be ready. I asked Hrithik if he liked the song, and he said, "Yes, Deda, it is lovely music." I replayed the music and he started dancing, and we shot it without his knowledge. When the music got over, the entire studio applauded excitingly. The remaining part of the music was to be shot in the same way with Jeetu. After Jeetu's shot was over, he came to me and said, "For God's sake don't shoot a single more shot in this film with this boy, otherwise the audience will hoot my performance!" That was a remark that came from Jeetu [Jeetendra, the male lead of Aasha and a major Hindi filmstar].'
Little Hrithik was later 'paid' with 100 worth of chocolates and miniature toy cars.
What followed over the next several years is what adult Hrithik describes as his childhood "lucky mascot" period: tiny one- or two-shot uncredited appearances in various of his family's film projects, where his only task was to have fun and supposedly bring luck to the movie. Thus child Hrithik (aged 6) can be seen riding a tricycle on a beach during the song "Ram Kare Allah Kare" in his father Rakesh Roshan's production Aap Ke Deewane (1980). In his grandfather J. Om Prakash's Aas Paas (1981), a gap-toothed Hrithik (aged 7) even received a costume and a close-up, as he passes a love note from Dharmendra to Hema Malini during the song "Shehar Main Charchi Hai".
Hrithik Roshan was not a child actor, in the usual sense. Never trained. Never marketed.
Hrithik's one childhood speaking role—his only substantial film performance as a child—came about at age 11-12 through a family emergency, of sorts: The boy originally cast as Govinda, the title character's adopted son in director J. Om Prakash's Bhagwan Dada (1986), fell seriously ill just as shooting was supposed to start. They needed a boy immediately, so at the very last minute his grandfather suggested taking Hrithik.
Although still completely untrained, the key role of Govinda required young Hrithik to not only trade dialogue with some of the biggest film stars of the day -- Rajnikanth as the title character, a former gangster morally reformed by his love for this child, plus Sridevi and his real-life father Rakesh Roshan and Danny Denzongpa as the villain—but do songs with Rajnikanth, dance with Sridevi, and fight Danny Denzongpa. He even had to die. Govinda's brutal murder at the hands (or rather, feet) of the evil ganglord played by Danny Denzongpa becomes the catalyst for the film's climax.
J. Om Prakash recalls how Bhagwan Dada revealed to him Hrithik's unvarnished "artistic endowment":
- ' I was telling him how to perform in his death scene but he said, "Wait, Deda (that's what he calls me), check me out in the scene". He did a mind-blowing take and I knew that a brilliant actor was in the making.'
After completing school and college, Hrithik turned down a Masters Degree scholarship for further study in the United States, in order to concentrate instead on film. To learn filmcraft from literally the ground up—he started off sweeping floors, then gradually progressed to more demanding responsibilities like story development, camera work, direction, and editing—Hrithik spent the next six years as a largely uncredited assistant to his father, director Rakesh Roshan, from Khel (1992) through Koyla (1997).
In 2000, Roshan made his film debut as the leading man in the film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai opposite another debutante actress Amisha Patel. The film, which was directed by his father and saw him playing a double role, proved to be very successful at the box office and was declared a blockbuster. It also became the highest grossing film in India for 2000 and winner of the Filmfare Best Movie Award. Roshan's performance was well-received, and the film made him an overnight star. He eventually received both the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award and the Filmfare Best Actor Award for the role. The film entered the Limca Book of Records in 2003 for the most number of awards won by a Bollywood film – 102 awards.
Later that year, Roshan starred in Khalid Mohammed's Fiza. Although the film was a flop, his performance was praised, earning him another nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare ceremony. Taran Adarsh from indiaFM noted, "The mainstay of the film is undoubtedly Hrithik Roshan. His body language, his diction, his expressions, his overall persona deserves great praise. With this film, Hrithik proves that there is more to him than just being a fashionable rage, a Mills & Boon lover-boy and a sex symbol. His talent comes to the fore in several scenes, especially those with Karisma. All said and done, the show belongs to Hrithik, who saves Fiza to a major extent. A brilliant performance undoubtedly!"
Hrithik's last release of the year, Mission Kashmir, became the third highest grossing film of the year. His performance was once again acclaimed with one critic praising him, "Hrithik once again cuts a splendid performance as a youngster sucked in the vortex of terrorism. He is portrayed as anti-government in the early part of the film-- a bold role to play for even a seasoned actor, leave alone a budding superstar." All these achievements promoted him as one of the biggest stars in the industry.
Subhash Ghai's Yaadein was his first release in 2001. Despite the major hype surrounding the film, Yaadien failed to do well critically and commercially, yet it became a major box office success overseas. Hrithik's chemistry with Kareena Kapoor was praised and became extremely popular. This was followed by Karan Johar's melodramatic Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which did extremely well at the box office, becoming the second-highest grossing film of 2001 and the biggest hit overseas. Roshan's performance was well received and his performance earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at various award ceremonies. The year 2002 proved to be an unsuccessful year for Hrithik, when his first release Vikram Bhatt's Aap Mujhe Achche lagne lage, which co-starred Ameesha Patel for the first time after their hit Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. Unlike their first film, Aap mujhe Achche Lagne Lage proved to be a disappointment due to its failure at the box office and its failure to impress critics. His second release was Na tum jano na hum co-starring Esha Deol and Saif Ali Khan. The film received mixed reviews from critics and performed poorly at the box office. Hrithik's final release that year was Mujhse Dosti Karoge. The film was expected to well both critically and commercially because of Hrithiks casting with Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor, but the film neither received critical praise nor was it a commercial success. In 2003, Hrithik ended his string of flops with Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, which was panned by critics and had a dismal response at the box office.
In 2003, he made a comeback with the science-fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya, which saw him playing a mentally disabled young man. The film was the highest grosser of the year and won him many awards, including his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor and his first Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. Taran Adarsh noted, "Hrithik Roshan dominates the show and packs in a power-packed performance. The role of a mentally challenged person is no cakewalk, but the actor takes to it like a fish takes to water. He manages to pull off the zero to hero routine exceptionally well. As an actor, he scales dizzier heights with this splendid performance." His performance was later included in the 2010 issue of the "Top 80 Iconic Performances" by Filmfare.
Farhan Akhtar's Lakshya was Roshan's only release in 2004; the film was critically acclaimed but was average at the box office. His performance was praised by critics. and again, was included in the 2010 issue of the "Top 80 Iconic Performances" by Filmfare.
Roshan took a two-year break from acting before resurfacing with the superhero film Krrish opposite Priyanka Chopra. A sequel to his 2003 film Koi... Mil Gaya, the film was a major box office success and became the second highest grosser of 2006. His performance as a superhero was praised, earning him many Best Actor awards at various award ceremonies, including Star Screen and the International Indian Film Academy. IndiaFM wrote, "To state that Hrithik is the soul of Krrish would be an understatement. If the actor walked away with all noteworthy awards in Koi... Mil Gaya, it's going to be an encore with Krrish. You cannot imagine any other actor enacting the role of a gifted child with aplomb. If his mask and robe look is splendid, watch his makeup, gait and mannerisms as the aged father and you had to agree, he's one of the finest talents on the Indian screen today. Krrish is yet another ground-breaking film in his dazzling repertoire!"
His next film that year was Dhoom 2, a sequel to the 2004 Dhoom. Featured opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Roshan's performance in the movie not only earned him widespread critical acclaim, but also his third Filmfare Best Actor Award. The film went on to become the highest grossing film of 2006, as well as one of the most successful films of Bollywood.
In 2008, Roshan featured in Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. He played the historical role of Akbar the Great. The movie did very good business, both in India and abroad. His performance in the movie was widely appreciated by critics, earning him his fourth Filmfare Best Actor Award as well as his first international award for Best Actor at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival in Kazan, Russia.
Roshan then appeared in Zoya Akhtar's Luck by Chance (2009), in which he made a guest appearance. The following year, he was seen in Anurag Basu's Kites along with Mexican actress Bárbara Mori and Kangna Ranaut. The film failed to do well at the box office after taking a huge start and was eventually declared a flop. He next acted in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish opposite Aishwarya Rai. Upon release, the film received overwhelmingly positive reviews and Roshan's portrayal of Ethan Mascarenhas, a quadriplegic patient earned him several Best Actor nominations at various award ceremonies.
In July 2011, he appeared in Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara alongside Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin. The film opened to positive reviews, and Roshan's portrayal was praised. According to Rajeev Masand, "Hrithik Roshan once again brings real depth to his character with a spectacular performance. He's shy and restrained, then lets go with such fantastic intensity that you make the inward journey with his character". The film was declared as "super-hit" in both in India and Overseas. In the same year Roshan featured as a judge for the dance competition reality show, Just Dance along with Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant. He was paid 1.75 crore INR per episode which makes him the highest paid Bollywood actor in television entertainment.The show got the highest opening (a cumulative TRP of 4.7) for a reality show that year for which he was voted as the best TV host by a poll conducted by Ormax Media. In 2012, he then appeared in Agneepath in which he reprise the role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan opposite Priyanka Chopra. The film has taken a historic opening and has broken all opening-day records.His next film Krrish 3 will be released after a long gap of more than 21 months.During filming for his another upcoming film Bang Bang, Roshan suffered a head injury requiring brain surgery for a chronic subdural hematoma.
A life-size wax figure was installed at London's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum on 20 January 2011, making him the fifth Indian actor to have been replicated as a wax statue in the museum. Another statue was installed in Washington, DC in 2012.
Roshan was born in Mumbai to a family of cinema personalities. His father, film director Rakesh Roshan, is the son of music director Roshan, while his mother, Pinky, is the daughter of producer and director J. Om Prakash. Hrithik has an elder sister, Sunaina. His uncle Rajesh Roshan is a music director. As a child, Roshan attended the Bombay Scottish School. He later attended Sydenham College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Commerce.
During an interview he revealed that his childhood was traumatized because of stammering, a speech disorder that surfaced when he was around six years old and plagues him even today. "For oral tests at school, I used to bunk school, I used to fall sick, I used to break my hand, I used to get a sprain," the actor said. He said that things improved for him gradually, after he started practicing speech therapies on a daily basis.
Roshan married Suzanne Khan, daughter of actor Sanjay Khan, on 20 December 2000. The couple has two sons, Hrehaan (born in 2006) and Hridhaan (born in 2008). Roshan has two thumbs on his right hand. Although it is usually hidden in his films, it was shown in Koi... Mil Gaya and was even used as a minor plot point, as Jaadoo the alien was also designed to have two thumbs.
|1980||Aasha||Uncredited appearance in song "Jaane Hum Sadak Ke Logon Se"|
|1980||Aap Ke Deewane||Uncredited appearance in song "Ram Kare Allah Kare"|
|1981||Aas Paas||Uncredited appearance in song "Shehar Main Charchi Hai"|
|1986||Bhagwan Dada||Govinda||Child artist|
|2000||Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai||Rohit/Raj Chopra||Filmfare Award for Best Actor |
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
|2000||Fiza||Amaan Ikramullah||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2000||Mission Kashmir||Altaaf Khan|
|2001||Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...||Rohan Raichand||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2002||Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage||Rohit|
|2002||Na Tum Jaano Na Hum||Rahul Sharma|
|2002||Mujhse Dosti Karoge!||Raj Khanna|
|2003||Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon||Prem Kishen Mathur|
|2003||Koi... Mil Gaya||Rohit Mehra||Filmfare Award for Best Actor |
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
|2004||Lakshya||Karan Shergill||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2006||Krrish||Krishna "Krrish" Mehra/ |
|Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2006||Dhoom 2||Aryan/Mr.A||Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2006||I See You||Special appearance in song "Subah Subah"|
|2007||Om Shanti Om||Himself||Special appearance|
|2008||Jodhaa Akbar||Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar||Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2008||Krazzy 4||Special appearance in song "Krazzy 4"|
|2009||Luck by Chance||Ali Zaffar Khan|
|2010||Guzaarish||Ethan Mascarenhas||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2011||Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara||Arjun Saluja||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2011||Don 2||Don||Cameo appearance|
|2012||Agneepath||Vijay Deenanath Chauhan||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2013||Main Krishna Hoon||Rahul||Cameo appearance|
|2013||Krrish 3||Krishna "Krrish" Mehra/Rohit Mehra||Releasing November 4, 2013|
|2014||Bang Bang||Sidharth "Sid" Lokhandwala||Filming|
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