Greek God Hrithik…
Ten years ago, with a group of giggling friends, I watched Hrithik in his runaway debut blockbuster ” Kaho na pyar hai”, he seemed like another good-looking actor.Another prodigy of a yesteryear actor and I watched the movie with frankly little or no expectations. He looked a bit gawky initially, his legs were exceptionally long, so much so that they could have easily entangled themselves with one another during his moves in the “kaho na pyaar hai” title song. I felt that his chin was a bit too sharp almost giving one an urge to put a cap on it. Yes, I found his acting intense and his eyes quite mesmerizing, and concluded that he would always play lover boy roles.
It was during the movie, the second half to be precise, my initial opinion about Hrithik did a somersault.It was only during the second half of his debut movie did I well and truly believe that finally we have a “complete” actor who has arrived after an excruciatingly long hiatus. An actor who has arrived to fill a vacuum that has been filled by Geek Gods rather than Greek Gods. That moment when I had made my clever little observation was when he made us and the world at large notice his extraordinary fluid steps in the hit number ” ek pal ka jeena”. I sat mesmerised throughout this entire number. I honestly never witnessed that kind of dancing ever before. If one could debut as a talented actor with a lot of potential but stood out as an extraordinary dancer too, it is only but fair to have sky-high expectations from him in the future. I did exactly that and to date I have not been disappointed.
I am probably not the only one who thinks Hrithik Roshan is a living, walking, talking and a brilliant acting effigy of a Greek God. I have always had this notion that Apollo, Zeus, Ares looked like Hrithik and all the Greek sculptures that I have seen in the museums were the result of Hrithik modelling for the sculptors. Sigh, I am sure many women do think of those perfect marble statues in more ways than one.
Hrithik is exceptionally talented and he is one actor who has not been complacent about either his looks, acting or dancing over the years. With each passing year, he gets better in all these departments. Even if his movie ”"Fiza” which was his second after Kaho na pyaar hai bombed at the box office, his acting was praised by critics and the audience alike. Taran Adarsh summarised his performance quite aptly ”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!”
His performance in” Koi mil gaya” as a mentaly challenged person is quite exceptional. Let alone acting normal is a tall order for the known faces in this industry, acting abnormal is a feat that not many can pull off convincingly. Many superstars have appeared quite jocular in such roles.Hrithik Roshan managed not to, again exemplifying his acting prowess.It was well and truly an encore with his electrifying performance as the super man Krrish. Hrithik Roshan well and truly fitted the superman image. I have always thought that there could be no convincing flying hero besides Christopher Reeves and Hrithik Roshan made me eat my words after Krrish.”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 make up, gait and mannerisms as the aged father and you had agree, he’s one of the finest talents on the Indian screen today. Krrish is yet another ground-breaking film in his dazzling repertoire!”
The onscreen chemistry that he shares with Aishwarya is quite breathtaking. Their pairing in Dhoom 2 was extremely electric, it was the coming together of two of the world’s most beautiful faces. Hrithik was his sexiest best in Dhoom 2 and crowned himself as Bollywood’s best style icon too. His performance as Akbar in Jodha Akbar is quite stirring. Once again, I had concluded that Akbar looked like Hrithik. Hrithik painstakingly perfected the nuances that the role required. It was quite a revelation to watch Hrithik sit in that upright, perfect pose in the soulful sufi number “khwaja mere khawaja”, not for once did he look like the actor, he looked very much a Moghul Emperor at his height of glory.
One can only but have tremendous expectation from his forthcoming release “Kites”. Hrithik in the trailer once again has set our expectations soaring sky-high. Hrithik in his current garb as the trendy, action hero after coming fresh from a historical role as Akbar repeatedly proves his versatility. I hope this Greek God continues to choose his movies carefully like he has post 2003. I saw him at the IIFA awards last June in Macau, watching the man live reaffirmed his Greek God status and my testimony of the same. The photo above is taken at that event.