Hrithik Roshan deserves happiness, says dad Rakesh

"We're very close. And yes, we're friends. But there is still that respect in him for me."

Hrithik Roshan deserves happiness, says dad Rakesh. (Photo: Varinder Chawla) Hrithik Roshan deserves happiness, says dad Rakesh. (Photo: Varinder Chawla)
Mumbai | Published on:January 11, 2014 11:08 am

Hrithik Roshan’s father and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan got emotional on his son’s 40th birthday and said: “My wife and I want Hrithik to be happy and at peace with himself, no matter what.”

Rakesh Roshan also reminisced about Hrithik with little-known anecdotes. “Hrithik was just 9 when he did my father-in-law’s film Bhagwan Dada. Hrithik was not supposed to do the film. But the child actor who had a pivotal role with Rajinikanth fell ill. My father-in-law director J Om Prakash insisted, ‘Let’s take Duggu.’ I was against the idea. ‘Daddy, Duggu can’t act!’ I protested. I wanted Hrithik to focus on his studies. We’d have never known there was a brilliant actor lurking in him if my father-in-law had not insisted.”

Rakesh Roshan vividly recalls nine-year old Hrithik’s first shot. “Since along with Rajinikanth and Sridevi I also played the lead in Bhagwan Dada, I was there on the first day of shooting when Hrithik had to give his first shot. It was with Sridevi. I was so nervous and embarrassed that I hid behind a pillar on the sets, just watching my son quietly. I could see him very quiet, not communicating with anybody. I thought he was just not interested. But when he gave his first shot he was perfect! Like Sridevi, my son transformed when the camera was on. That was the moment I realized my son had it in him to be an actor. We already knew he was a natural-born dancer. Before that I thought of him as quiet boy lost in his own world of studies and school. But the way he did his death scene in Bhagwan Dada left me stumped. How could a 9-year old boy who doesn’t even know about death, play dead so convincingly? That’s when we knew.”

Hrithik had already decided he would be an actor. But his father wanted him to finish his studies first. Says Rakesh Roshan, “As per our deal, Hrithik came to me after his studies and said he wanted to assist me. I took him on as an assistant for 5 of my films. I told him I won’t launch him until he was 24. He joined acting classes and would come home and act out dramatic scenes, like Raj Kapoor’s scene with Lalita Pawar in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anari. The way he did that scene, I was highly impressed. That’s when the idea for Kaho Na…Pyaar Hai came to my mind. I knew what he was capable of, so I told a big step for him. I cast him in a double role. I knew he could carry it off. I didn’t take Hrithik in Kaho Na…Pyaar Hai because he was my son. I took him because he was a potential star. To this day I work with him because I know what he’s worth and …continued »

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