Happy Birthday Hrithik Roshan

I’ve been sitting here for about 5-10mins now wondering how I would start to describe an actor for who, quite frankly, a simple introduction wouldn’t be enough. In my mind, Hrithik Roshan has something his fellow actors just can’t touch. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what this thing is but the best way to go about it is to say that whenever watching a film of his, I’m always eager waiting for him to come on the screen. Call it presence, call it magic or call it on-screen lure… Roshan’s ability to make me feel this way is unmatched. Today, on the day Roshan celebrates his 38th birthday, I thought I would revisit and share with you my favourites scenes of his. I’ve narrowed them down to a select five…

There are so many scenes in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham which I could class as great enough to include but, for me, there is just one which stands out throughout the whole movie. Roshan plays Rohan (of course you will all remember) but when he enters his brother Rahul’s (Shah Rukh Khan) home in London for the first time, nobody knows who he is apart from ‘Poo’ (Kareena Kapoor). The scene in question is the one where the sad version of the title track is played as Rohan comes in through the door. Roshan’s vulnerable, emotional and stumbling acting is a complete tear-jerker. I suppose the sadness in lyrics only adds to the drama and emotion of the moment. He introduces himself as ‘Yash’ and the rest… well I’m pretty sure you know the drill!

In Roshan’s debut film, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, he played a double role. In the second half in his rendition of Raj, the particular scene that stands out for me is when both him and Sonia (Ameesha Patel) stay at the hut overnight and when he wakes up, he finds Sonia attempting to crack an egg to make an omlette. The conversation that follows is Sonia instructing Raj as to what she would like in her omlette and he says to her, “sab kaam main hi karunga toh tum kya karogi?” Sonia replies with, “Karungi na… tumhaare haathon se khaaungi!” It’s a really sweet scene and probably the one which most stands out for me… well apart from the “Kahaan se seekha tumne yeh RAPTA?”

Mujhse Dosti Karoge is one film that I hold very close to my heart. In the movie, it’s difficult to pinpoint just one scene which I would call my absolute fave. However, I will choose one which always makes me smile. Pooja (Rani Mukerji) is sitting in her room listening to “Pyaar hua ikraar hua” when her player get’s stuck. Raj (Roshan) happens to be peering through her door and hears the Pooja trying to sort out her player. He then waltzes in and starts dancing with Pooja whilst singing the song. It’s such a sweet moment of friendship which results in Raj saying “I’ll miss you yaar” once they’ve finished dancing. Cute is an understatement!

Jodhaa Akbar; what a film. Roshan’s rendition of Akbar has me glued every time I watch the movie. My favourite scene in this movie is, I’m pretty sure, a pretty popular one. It is the one when Akbar goes to Jodhaa’s (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) maternal home to get her but she refuses to return to Agra with him. In the bedroom, Jodhaa pulls a strings by which falls a curtain able to separate the two in their moment of “tiff”. Akbar relentlessly tries to convince Jodhaa that it should mean something to her that he has come to get her but all Jodhaa keeps reiterating is that Akbar doesn’t know how to win her heart and in order to do that, he needs to understand her feelings. The scene is a beautiful one not just because of the surroundings but because it is a little ‘nat-khat’ with a splash of witty romance.

The final scene that I would put in my top five is in Roshan’s most recent release, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. He played Arjun, a very career-focussed individual planning for his future. The scene in question is yet another popular one which sees Arjun and the lovely Laila (Katrina Kaif) lying on the grass looking up at the stars. This experience if the first of it’s kind for Roshan who is forced to tell Laila “Jeena to koi tumse seekhe”. Laila in return tells Arjun ‘Insaan ko dabbe mein sirf tab hona chahiye jab woh marchuka ho.’ It is perhaps one of the scenes which is intimate in a film that is essentially full of colourful characters.

It’s been great literally reliving these scenes that are so close to my heart and that all have one superstar in common. I feel so privileged to be able to say that he an actor I have met and I will never forget the euphoria or the experience. Roshan exudes charisma and his respect for the love of his fans is unmatchable. Roshan very much comes across as a genuine and well-mannered individual who always has the time for those that are important.

Hrithik Roshan is and always will be a popular choice with the masses and I hope it stays that way! May this birthday bring with it lots of success for him… and may this success mean he comes to our screens with more mindblowing performances. Some actors are simply irreplaceable…. and Roshan is definitely one of them! Happy birthday to India’s very first superhero! 🙂

Photo courtesy: Sify.com

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