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Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 08:00
Updated Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 09:56
Mumbai: Hrithik Roshan's popularity has scaled new heights with the success of Dhoom 2 and the superhero says in a matter of fact tone that he deserves it.
"I'd like to believe no one gets what they don't deserve. I've to keep growing," Hrithik told IANS in an interview.
"Looking at where I'm coming from — Koi Mil 9*, Lakshya, Krrish — going to Dhoom 2 and Jodha-Akbar, it's like the whole spectrum. As an actor I'm getting to explore different areas. I'm truly enjoying myself," he said.
Dhoom 2 has benefited Hrithik in one more way — his pairing with Aishwarya was widely appreciated and they will be seen again in Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodha-Akbar.
"We were considered a mismatch. With our light eyes and fair skin, we were almost seen as siblings. I don't think I've looked better with any other actress. We've one more film together and we better look good," Hrithik said.
Hrithik is truly excited about Jodha-Akbar. "It takes me to a place where I've never travelled, not even in my imagination. The journey has already become very fascinating for me. I've been reading up books on the Mughal rulers. Rest of the research is being done by Ashutosh Gowariker," he said.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q: You've suddenly shot into the biggest league.
A: I'd like to believe no one gets what they don't deserve. I've to keep growing.
Q: What preparations are on for Jodha-Akbar?
A: Swords are breaking. Horses are throwing me off. Thankfully, it wasn't a serious fall. The only thing was my leg got caught in the stirrup. I got dragged on the ground a bit. I suppose these things will keep happening.
Q: But accidents keep happening to you quite frequently.
A: Yeah, I know. I think I've people's good wishes with me. In spite of these accidents nothing serious happens to me. The only way to perfection is to fall and rise. If you don't fall, you never know the pleasure of rising. A child needs to stumble before he learns to run.
Q: But now you're a father too, hence the added responsibility.
A: Right. That's why I stretch myself a little more so I set a good example for him. It's more important to learn to rise after the fall than to not fall.
Q: No what I meant was, the risks you take could affect your son if, god forbid, something were to happen to you.
A: Sure, I've to exercise that little bit of caution for Hrehaan's sake. I guess I fell off the horse during the rehearsals for Jodha-Akbar so it doesn't happen with the camera on....
Looking at where I'm coming from — Koi Mil 9*, Lakshya, Krrish — going to Dhoom 2 and Jodha-Akbar, it's like the whole spectrum. As an actor I'm getting to explore different areas. I'm truly enjoying myself.
Jodha-Akbar takes me to a place where I've never travelled even in my imagination. The journey has already become very fascinating for me. I've been reading up books on the Mughal rulers. Rest of the research is being done by Ashutosh Gowariker. He's absolutely amazing.
Is Gowariker worried about Ash-Hrithik's image?
[ 24 Dec, 2006 0947hrs ISTMUMBAI MIRROR ]
MUMBAI: After the successful pairing of Hrithik-Ash in Dhoom 2, Ashutosh Gowariker is recreating a significant chunk of Mughal history with the star pair in Jodha-Akbar.
Shooting for Jodha-Akbar is expected to be over in March 2007. "We're releasing the film on October 12," informs Gowariker.
"That's the Eid week. And we're looking at a cross-culture of audiences to come for the film," he adds.
Is he worried by the contemporary image of his lead pair in Dhoom 2?
“Not at all. In Dhoom 2, they are Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. In my film they are Akbar and Jodha. Their personas in Dhoom 2 are closer to what they really are. Not that I've changed their physicality. But audiences will see only the characters."
Gowariker thinks that Ash and Hrithik are not only immensely good looking but also hugely talented.
"I've seen every film of theirs from Kaho Na Pyaar Hai and Kyun Ho Gaya Na to Dhoom 2. They always show an easy adaptability to the requirements of every director. Be it Chokher Bali or Raincoat for Aishwarya or Mission Kashmir and Fiza for Hrithik, they've transformed in front of the camera. They're both intensely dedicated."
The diligent filmmaker is all praise for the pairing. "Hrithik and Ash look really good together in my film. But the full impact will be discernible only when the film releases. The give-and-take between the two as they get into the character is amazing."
This is Ashutosh's most expensive film.
"Our budget is Rs 37 crore. But my co-producer Ronnie Screwwala and I aren't looking at the budget as a responsibility. Between us we've worked out the financial details, including what is required in production and marketing."
At the moment Aishwarya and Hrithik are undergoing the most gruelling and rugged outdoor experience of their life. But the horse riding and sword fencing were not entirely a culture shock for them.
"We had several sessions in Mumbai, lots of riding and sword-fighting lessons, just so that they'd be attuned to their Mughal characters and know the right way of riding a horse or holding a sword. You know sword-fencing is a very western concept, whereas the way the talwaar (sword) was used in the Mughal times was very different."
"I had got Hrithik and Ash accustomed to the body language and attitude of those times from beforehand. Now all they’re doing is executing a vision they’re already aware of," says Ashutosh from his location in Rajasthan."