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Hrithik Roshan - Biography

Sept. 7, 2017, 12:43 p.m.

Hrithik Roshan is a popular Indian film actor who rose to stardom with his debut film ‘Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai.’ Having appeared in over thirty films as of today, he has established himself as one of the leading actors of Bollywood, the Hindi film industry. Also one of India's highest-paid actors, he is famous for his remarkable dancing skills. He has won numerous awards for his acting skills, which includes six Filmfare awards and fifteen IIFA awards. Born in Mumbai in India, Roshan wanted to become an actor since his teenage years. He actively participated in dance and music events while he was pursuing his graduation. Before making his film debut, he used to assist his film-maker father in his projects. During this time, he also learned acting from the prominent acting coach Kishore Namit Kapoor. He made his debut in a dual role in the romantic drama 'Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai' which was directed by his father. The film was a huge commercial success, and became the highest grossing Indian film of the year. Roshan won several awards for his brilliant acting. The film was added to the Limca Book of Records as well, for the greatest number of awards won by a Bollywood film. Following the success of his debut film, Roshan appeared in a lot of successful films, such as ‘Lakshya,’ ‘Krrish,’ and ‘Agneepath.’ He was latest seen in the romantic action thriller ‘Kaabil.’

 

Childhood & Early Life

 

  • Hrithik Roshan was born on 10th January 1974 in Mumbai, India, to Rakesh and Pinky Roshan. His father is a well-known director, producer, and former actor in the Bollywood film industry. He also has an older sister named Sunaina.
  • He first appeared in the 1980 Hindi drama film ‘Aasha’ as a child actor, where he played a minor role. He made minor appearances in several other movies as well. It was during his teenage years that he made his decision to become a full-time actor. However, his father wanted him to focus on his studies.
  • He went to Sydenham College in Mumbai from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in commerce. During his time in college, he took part in dance and music festivals. Later, he started assisting his father in a few films, while also doing jobs like sweeping floors and making tea for the crew. He also learned acting from acting coach Kishore Namit Kapoor.

     

    Career

    • Roshan made his film debut in the 2000 romantic drama film ‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hain’, which was directed by his father Rakesh Roshan. The film eventually became one of the most successful films of the year.
    • Due to the monumental success of the film, Roshan became a superstar overnight. For his incredible performance, he won the ‘Filmfare Award for Best Debut’ and ‘Filmfare Award for Best Actor’, being the only actor to have won both awards for the same film.
    • The same year, he appeared in the film ‘Fiza’ where he played an innocent Muslim boy who eventually becomes a terrorist after the 1992-93 Bombay riots. The film was a commercial success, and his acting was appreciated as well.
    • Over the next few years, he acted in several popular and successful films such as ‘Mission Kashmir’ (2000), ‘Yaadein’ (2001), ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ (2002), and ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’ (2002).
    • In 2003, he played the lead role in ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’ which is regarded as Bollywood’s first science fiction film. The film was a huge commercial success, and it also won him two Filmfare awards.
    • The following year, he played the lead role in ‘Lakshya’, a war drama film which was based on the 1999 Kargil war. Roshan played the role of Lieutenant Karan Shergill, who from being an aimless young man, becomes a soldier who plays a major role in helping his country win the Kargil war.
    • In 2006, he appeared in the Indian superhero sci-fi film ‘Krrish’, where he played the lead role, as well as a supporting role in a double appearance. The film, which was the sequel of the 2003 movie ‘Koi… Mil Gaya,’ follows the son of the prequel’s protagonist, who inherits superpowers from his father, and later becomes a superhero after saving children from a burning circus. The film was a huge success, and earned Roshan a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
    • The same year, he appeared in ‘Dhoom 2’, playing the main antagonist. The film, which was directed by Sanjay Gadhvi was a huge commercial success.
    • Over the next few years, he appeared in many films, such as ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ (2008), ‘Kites’ (2010), ‘Agneetpath’ (2012), ‘Krrish 3’ (2013), ‘Bang! Bang!’ (2014) and ‘Mohenjo Daro’ (2016).
    • He was latest seen in the 2017 romantic action thriller ‘Kaabil’, where he portrays a blind man named Rohan Bhatnagar who is on a revenge mission after losing his wife.

       
     

    Major Works

    • ‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai’ (Say… You’re in Love), Hrithik Roshan’s debut movie, can be regarded as one of the most successful films in his career. Directed by Rakesh Roshan, the film starred him in a double role. He portrayed Rohit, an aspiring singer who is killed after he witnesses a murder, and Raj, his lookalike who falls in love with Rohit’s girlfriend after his death, and avenges Rohit’s murder. The film became the highest grossing Indian film of the year 2000 and earned Roshan two Filmfare awards.
    • ‘Krrish’ a 2006 sci-fi superhero film, is another one among his most successful works. The film, which is a sequel of the 2003 sci-fi movie ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’, (Someone… I Found), starred Roshan in the lead role. He portrayed a young man named Krishna, who after discovering his superpowers, takes on the persona of a superhero to help people in need. He also played the supporting role of Krishna’s father, who was the protagonist of the prequel. The film was a huge commercial success.
    • ‘Kaabil’ (Capable), which was released in January 2017, is the most recent work of Hrithik Roshan. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, the film revolves around a blind man named Rohan, whose wife commits suicide after she is gang-raped. As the police are unwilling to take any action as one of the culprits’ brother is an influential politician, Rohan decides to take the law in his own hands. The film did well commercially and received mixed reviews.

       

      Awards & Achievements

      • Hrithik Roshan has won a total of six Filmfare awards in his career. For his performance in ‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai’, he won the ‘Filmfare Best Male Debut Award’ and the ‘Filmfare Award for Best Actor’ in 2001.
      • His performance in ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’ earned him ‘Filmfare Award for Best Actor’ again, along with the ‘Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor’ in 2004. He won the ‘Filmfare Award for Best Actor’, again for his role in the films ‘Dhoom 2’ and ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

         

      Personal Life

      • Hrithik Roshan used to stutter since the age of six. He struggled with it for years, and later overcame it with the help of speech therapy. As a young man he was also diagnosed with Scoliosis, a disorder which would prevent him from dancing. However, not only did he overcome it, but also eventually became of the finest dancers in Bollywood.
      • He married his long-time girlfriend Sussanne Khan in 2000. The couple had two sons, ‘Hreehan’ and ‘Hridhaan’, who were born in 2006 and 2008 respectively.
      • The couple separated in 2013 and divorced in 2014, as Roshan was rumored to be having affairs with several actresses including his ‘Krrish 3’ co-star Kangana Ranaut.

         

      Trivia

      • His supposed affair with Ranaut kindled considerable controversy. In 2016, he filed a lawsuit against her for cyber stalking and harassment.

       

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