Hrithik Roshan has often been said to have looks as if he was Greek and when he first entered the industry, so many were in awe of his appearance. However, he has also been appreciated in so many of the roles he’s taken up since his debut in 2000 – not counting the years he was seen as a child artiste.
BizAsiaLive.com looks back at the five roles that he’s been most appreciated in.
‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai’ (2000)
In his first film, Roshan played a double role – as Rohit and Raj. He was applauded in this film and there was a definite hysteria around him at the time. He seemed to be a very natural actor and was pleasing to the eye on screen. In the same year, his debut act at the Filmfare Awards was also an exciting time for his well-wishers, his family and all those who saw him shoot to fame.
‘Koi… Mil Gaya’ (2003)
With his second collaboration with his father Rakesh Roshan, and after a number of films under his belt, the actor was seen as Rohit, a mentally disabled man, in ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’. This is one role that Roshan excelled in as he wa not only lovable within it but it was almost the role of a lifetime for him. The audiences warmed to him and the way he played this character, and he managed to keep them on side all through.
This was Farhan Akhtar’s second directorial and putting good friend Roshan in the lead role of Lieutenant Karan Shergill in the film wouldn’t have been a difficult decision. The film didn’t fare too well when it released but Roshan was praised a lot for his performance with some arguing that it is his best til date.
In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Guzaarish’, Roshan played the role of Ethan Mascarenhas, a quadriplegic man. The film tackled the interesting and slightly controversial issue of mercy killing. With Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as his nurse and later his wife, this was one film that gave Roshan the scope to really emote on screen without the ability of his whole body so much. It received mixed reviews by critics.
The remake of the 1990 movie of the same name saw Roshan step into a role which was initially essayed by Amitabh Bachchan. This remake had a different feel and changes to the story but as an enraged man, Roshan played this role exceptionally well. He was softer in the parts which involved his family but otherwise the strength he showed as the iconic Vijay Deenanath Chauhan was received positively.
BizAsiaLive.com would like to wish Hrithik Roshan a very happy birthday.