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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31 Responses to “Greek God Hrithik…”

  1. Aishwarya Says:

    Sharmila,

    If not for the thumb duplication/polydactyly, I would say God defined perfection in this creation.:)

    Several mindblowing performances, but my favorite is Lakshya.

    Thanks for the clips and pic. After all that political hullabaloo, this post feels like a breath of fresh air.:)

    Aish.

    • Aish – Glad it was a refreshing change for you. You quite tempted me to write about the erring Minister, but Hrithik took over my imagination. Yes, he has been brilliant in all, even if some of them did not do well at the box office. Probably that extra finger has got him the luck, who knows.

      • Aishwarya Says:

        Well, I am glad you chose Hrithik over Hartalu to write on!:)

        Hrithik has revealed in interviews about his scoliosis due to which he was told he would never be able to dance (!), his stammer, his severe financial restraints, and many hardships that he overcame through sheer dedication and a never-say-die attitude.

        The fact that looking like Hrithik and being a celeb kid alone is not the formula for success was very well demonstrated by Harman Baweja…

      • Aish – Fantastic. He would be a role model for any kid who wishes to rise over his challenges. Absolutely true about Harman Baweja, looks like everyone has written him off, maybe thats why evene Priyanka dropped him like a hot potato.

  2. Reader Says:

    “O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
    Deny thy father, and refuse thy name;
    Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
    And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

    ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;–
    Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
    What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
    Nor arm, nor face, nor any part
    Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
    What’s in a name! that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet;
    So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
    Retain that dear perfection which he owes
    Without that title:–Romeo, doff thy name;
    And for that name, which is no part of thee,
    Take all myself.”

    Bill Shakespeare in R & J, Act II Sc. I

    🙂

  3. Reader Says:

    I believe Hrithik has not yet used even 1% of his DNA template! 🙂

    If one were to read his genes, we would find the following:

    Samples of Hrithik’s Grandfather Music Director Roshan and Sahir Ludhianvi:

    1. Jo wada kiya woh nibhana padega (Rafi-Lata)

    2. Mujhe Mil Gaya bahana tere deed ka (Lata)

    3. Zindagi bhar nahin bhulegi woh barsaat ki raat (Rafi)

    4. Man re tu kaahe na dheer dhare (Rafi)

    5. Laga Chunri mein daag chupaaun Kaise (Manna Dey)

    6. Tum Agar mujhko na chaho to koi baat nahin, tum kisi aur ko (Mukesh)

    7. Sansar se bhage phrite ho (Lata in Chitralekha)

    Samples of Hrithik’s father Actor Rakesh Roshan

    1. Khatta Mitha (Bindiya Goswami)

    2. Kaamchor (Jaya Prada)

    3. Bahurani (Rekha)

    4. Seema (Bharati)

    5. Khel Khel Mein (Co-star Rishi Kapoor)

    6. Paraya Dhan (Rakhee) – (Aaj unse pehli mulaqaat hogi… Kishore Kumar)

    7. Zakhmee (costarring Sunil Dutt) – (Abhi abhi thi dushmani… Asha)

    Hrithik has a template of Music Directors, Actors, Producers, Dancers et al.

    I think he has just begun!

    • Reader – Yes, his genetic reading is quite vibrant. He is one star who has probably not let only his DNA template push him on, I think he has willed himself on quite incredibly. From his passion in body building, to his dancing and why even his acting, he has not taken anything for granted. Most star kids tend to take success for granted, they probably think that their family name does half the trick, many have flopped miserably as a result. Twinkle Khanna,Bobby Deol..

      • Reader Says:

        True. Twinkle was nowehere close to the prowess of Rajesh Khanna or Dimple Kapadia.

        But I wouldn’t say that about Bobby Deol. As an actor I find him better the other two jats in the family, Dharmendra and Sunny!

        But in general you are right. Very star kids have made like their parents. Rajendra Kumar’s son Gaurav was a one-film wonder, although his father gave 9 silver jubilees in a row!

        🙂

      • Reader – Lol, you actually find Bobby better than the dad??? This is a surprise.

      • Reader Says:

        I mean very ‘few’ star kids…

        sorry…

      • Reader Says:

        No surprise at all. I find he is a metro kid and not as rustic as his peers. Besides his voice-over is quiet and sober, unlike the recording-scale ‘Ma kasam bhun ke rakh dunga’ of Dharam and Sunny.

        🙂

    • Reader Says:

      Hrithik has also got to scale the heights that his wife’s father has achieved:

      Samples of Hrithik’s father-in-law Sanjay Khan’s hits:

      1. Mela

      2. Ek Phool Do mali

      3. Shart

      4. Intaqaam

      5. Dhund

      6. Abhilasha

      7. Babul ki Galiyan

      Hrithik has it all for him, and as you said he delivers!

      🙂

      • And even his role as Tippu Sultan?

      • Reader Says:

        Sanjay Khan did some memorable films. I thought he paired well Sadhana on the silver screen.

        Hrithik will probably go on to become a good director and a generous producer as both sides of his family own successful production houses!

        🙂

  4. archana(bengaluru) Says:

    Sharmila.. I agree completely with all that u have stated abt Hrithik. A bundle of talent, unmatched looks, intense and a highly dedicated actor with down to earth attitude, no airs and no flairs. I loved him in all his movies. None could have done better than him as Akbar in Jodha (true… so convincing to feel that Akbar looked like HK).. or even in Lakshya.. or in dhoom2, Krissh. I feel there is still lot of untapped talent in him!!

  5. Reader Says:

    Why tragic Greek, why not the heroic Romans?

    🙂

    • Reader – TRagic Greek indeed, given the financial state of health of this country today! Mythology has always made us believe that the Greeks were more closer to the Gods than the Romans, hence the comparison.

  6. Reader Says:

    By “Why Greek”, I meant this:

    ‘What is your substance, whereof are you made,
    That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
    Since everyone hath, every one, one shade,
    And you, but one, can every shadow lend
    Describe Adonis, and the counterfeit
    Is poorly imitated after you;
    On Helen’s cheek all art of beauty set,
    And you in Grecian tires are painted new:
    Speak of the spring, and fosion of the year;
    The one doth shadow of your beauty show,
    The other as your bounty doth appear;
    And you in every blessed shape know.
    … … … In all external grace you have some part
    … … … But you like none, none you, for constant heart.’

    Bill Shakespeare, Sonnets 53

  7. S.M.Vyas Says:

    Sharmilaji,

    Yes, I absolutely agree with all the praise showered on Hrithik Roshan – by you & all the comments herein.

    As said being Star Son/Daughter is no guarantee for success as an Actor. Apart from Kumar Gaurav & Twinkle Khanna – Suneil Anand,son of legendary Dev Anand. And son of late Shri Raaj Kumar ! And son of (de) famous villain Ajit.Son of Manoj Kumar. And daughter of famous heroine of 60’s. And Aahana of Hema Malini.And a few Kappors from Raaj Kappo’s family … and the list will go on. Credit must go to hardwork, attitude, determination etc. Nothing else. And yes a factor which u may define as luck/God’s grace/good wishes of many nr & dr for any good human being !

    Any how. Enough has been written by the commentors in this particular entry on the virtues he carries within him.

    One small note of dissent. Why Greek God. To me he looks more like Greek Emporer/Greek Warrior (Senapati) or Messanger of Greek God (Dev Doot ). Simply because he is tough & determined looking. Very egile too. In my mind mind ,impresson of God is that of generally one having serene/calm look – I may be bit conservative in my opinion/imaginations which I carry.

    Regards,

    S.M.Vyas

  8. Vyasji – Thank you for your comment as always. Yes, you have given some good examples. Greek God is only but a metaphor, you could call him anything you wish. You mean Esha Deol?

  9. S.M.Vyas Says:

    Sharmilaji,

    I mean Aahana not Esha. Esha is doing well to prove herself – alone. May not be Super Hit or star No.1 as people genarally classify – but has made EFFORTS & STILL LOOKS DETERMINED to make significant mark. The other one is not at all interested in Film Industry. But is a good dancer – south india/orissa traditions based.

    To my limited knowledge mythology in general & that of Greek Mythology in particular,I generally perceive God as having SERENE/DEVINE & CALM looks.
    And yes one can hv ones own wish & perception.One thing for sure,very very admirable person. I remember Rekha ones said;in one of the film award functions;that if I want to be a mother,I would like to have Hrithik like child as son.

    Regards,

    S.M.Vyas

  10. MonaLisa Says:

    “Greek God” ! A very prestigious title indeed! Best looking Guy in Bollywood- with sculpted body and dancing,acting talent is a rarity in itself. Still has not been showered with title No.1 Hero or Superstar is quite a surprise though. His movies did good business and created Hype didn’t earned him any title or roles. His alliance with right marketing ppl-proper PR seems lacking to get him on Top.

    • MonaLisa – I think he deserves the title in it’s entirety. As you say, wonder of wonders he has not been labeled a superstar like SRK, it was due a long time back. Probably PR flaws, he was in the news today for lashing out at the media, bad timing, especially before the release of Kites, or was it a PR stunt! Who knows!

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  12. Hrithik truly is a wonderful actor.His acting in Koi Mil Gaya was ming boggling…….none could have done it better I think.

    Ok,now its riddle time…..

    (Sorry I asked this while mentioning about Hrithik.But I really admire him as a person and for his acting.The question does have any link with him)

    There was a man in a village who had eleven fingers.People called him Sultan…..Why???????????

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