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Hrithik Roshan describes his current situation as “being well and unwell”.

Written by PriyankaPereira |
November 20, 2010 3:25:33 am

After putting the failure of Kites behind him,Hrithik Roshan hopes to end the year on a high note with Guzaarish

Hrithik Roshan describes his current situation as “being well and unwell”. When prodded further,he says,“Things are going well,I am upbeat about the good reviews that Guzaarish is getting,but unwell physically.” The actor has not been keeping well for a while now and on a lighter vain claims that he has contracted “a Bombay virus”.

With Guzaarish,Roshan completes a decade in Bollywood. And he does that,as most critics believe,by delivering his best performance till date. “I always try to put in my best. We are paid to do that,” he says nonchalantly. Describing the film’s release day,November 19,as ‘the Judgement Day’,the actor narrates how his character Ethan Mascarenhas — a magician who ends up as a quadraplegic after a stage accident — from Guzaarish has become a part of him. “It was a huge responsibility towards quadraplegic patients. I have done my honest best to portray the character well,” he says.

During the making of this latest Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie,Roshan met many quadraplegic patients. He was amazed by the way these patients lead their lives. “They live with a lot of dignity and spirit. Through them I ventured into a deep dark place coloured by tragedy,” he says. Throughout his career Roshan has instinctively taken up characters that he “looks up to”. With Guzaarish,he has gone a step further. “Ethan changed the person I was. And I can assure you that every person watching the film will leave the theatre with a smile.”

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Guzaarish is Roshan’s first film with Bhansali,who the actor describes as an inspiration for actors. “Mr Bhansali is a creative genius. When we started shooting,I asked him to treat me as a newcomer. Actors shouldn’t have the luxury of being complacent and Bhansali definitely doesn’t give you a chance to do that.” For him,the other best thing about Guzaarish,apart from working with Bhansali,is his co-star of many movies,Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan. Earlier,they have been a part of two major successes — Dhoom 2 and Jodhaa Akbar,Rai-Bachchan played his love interest in both. “But Guzaarish is a love story that is beyond words,” describes Roshan,who finds it very comfortable to work with the actress because her approach to her art is very similar to his. Though the 36-year-old actor is on a high now,the year did not start with a good note. The debacle of Kites came as a blow to him. “But I have always maintained that you always get what you deserve. With Kites,my instincts to break the language barrier came too soon. I was naively attempting to unite the West with us to create a single platform. If Kites would have worked it would have opened doors to unbelievable equations,” says the actor in retrospect. Roshan also believes that Kites did not connect with the audience mainly because his character did not connect with them. “I played the character of a loser,because I believed that losers have great stories too. I later realised that India is a land of heroes. India needs heroes. Here I was playing a guy with grey shades,who marries for money,leaves the girl,falls in love with another but is not able to save her either. If I were Krrish may be I would have saved her,” he says. Still he has no regrets. “You need chapters of struggles,disappointments,failures. Only then your story book gets more interesting,” he smiles.Are his next few films about heroes then? “Yes,” he states loudly. Promptly he adds that he doesn’t look at cinema as commercial ventures. “I see films as stories and journeys I resonate with. I am not a businessman,not yet. I will learn the ropes soon,just like my seniors have,” he says.

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