(English: /ˈrɪtɪk ˈrɒʃən/, born 10 January 1974) is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. He has portrayed a variety of characters and is known for his dancing skills. One of the highest-paid actors in India, he has won many awards, including six Filmfares, four for Best Actor and one each for Best Debut and Best Actor (Critics). Starting in 2012, he appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 based on his income and popularity.
Roshan has frequently collaborated with his father, Rakesh Roshan. He made brief appearances as a child actor in several films in the 1980s and later worked as an assistant director on four of his father’s films. His first leading role was in the box-office success Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000), for which he received several awards. Performances in the 2000 terrorism drama Fiza and the 2001 ensemble melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… consolidated his reputation but were followed by several poorly received films.
The 2003 science fiction film Koi… Mil Gaya, for which Roshan won two Filmfare Awards, was a turning point in his career; he also appeared in its sequels: Krrish (2006) and Krrish 3 (2013). He earned praise for his portrayal of a thief in the 2006 adventure film Dhoom 2, Mughal emperor Akbar in the 2008 historical romance Jodhaa Akbar and a quadriplegic in the 2010 drama Guzaarish. He played the lead in the 2011 drama Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the 2012 revenge film Agneepath, the 2014 action comedy Bang Bang!, the 2019 biopic Super 30, and the 2019 action thriller War. The lattermost ranks as his highest-grossing release.
Roshan has also performed on stage and debuted on television with Just Dance (2011). As a judge on the latter, he became the highest-paid film star on Indian television. He is involved with a number of humanitarian causes, endorses several brands and products and has launched his own clothing line. Roshan was married for fourteen years to Sussanne Khan, with whom he has two children.
The actor is polydactyl having six fingers, basically a double thumb, in his right hand.
Early life and background
Roshan was born on 10 January 1974 in Bombay to a family prominent in Bollywood.He is of Punjabi and Bengali descent on his paternal side. Hrithik’s paternal grandmother Ira was a Bengali.His father, film director Rakesh Roshan, is the son of music director Roshanlal Nagrath; his mother, Pinky, is the daughter of producer and director J. Om Prakash. His uncle, Rajesh, is a music composer Roshan has an older sister, Sunaina, and was educated at the Bombay Scottish School. Although Roshan practices Hinduism, he says that “I’m not religious. I don’t visit temples. But I hope there is a superpower.”
Roshan felt isolated as a child; he was born with an extra thumb fused to the one on his right hand, which led some of his peers to avoid him.He has stammered since the age of six; this caused him problems at school, and he feigned injury and illness to avoid oral tests. He was helped by daily speech therapy.
Roshan’s grandfather, Prakash first brought him on-screen at the age of six in the film Aasha (1980); he danced in a song enacted by Jeetendra, for which Prakash paid him ₹100. Roshan made uncredited appearances in various family film projects, including his father’s production Aap Ke Deewane (1980). In Prakash’s Aas Paas (1981), he appeared in the song “Shehar Main Charcha Hai”. The actor’s only speaking role during this period came when he was 12; he was seen as Govinda, the title character’s adopted son, in Prakash’s Bhagwaan Dada (1986).Roshan decided that he wanted to be a full-time actor, but his father insisted that he focus on his studies. In his early 20s, he was diagnosed with scoliosis that would not allow him to dance or perform stunts. Initially devastated, he eventually decided to become an actor anyway. Around a year after the diagnosis, he took a chance by jogging on a beach when he was caught in a downpour. There was no pain, and becoming more confident, he was able to increase his pace with no adverse effects. Roshan sees this day as “the turning point of [his] life.”
Roshan attended Sydenham College, where he took part in dance and music festivals while studying, graduating in commerce Roshan assisted his father on four films—Khudgarz (1987), King Uncle (1993), Karan Arjun (1995) and Koyla (1997)—while also sweeping the floor and making tea for the crew. After pack-up, Roshan would enact Shah Rukh Khan’s scenes from Koyla and film himself to make a judgement about his performance as an actor. While he assisted his father, he studied acting under Kishore Namit Kapoor.
Main article: Hrithik Roshan filmography
2000–2002: Debut, success and setback
Roshan was originally scheduled to make his screen debut as a lead actor opposite Preity Zinta in the cancelled film Shekhar Kapur’s Tara Rum Pum Pum. Instead, he starred in his father’s romantic drama Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000) opposite another debutante, Ameesha Patel. Roshan played dual roles: Rohit, an aspiring singer brutally killed after witnessing a murder, and Raj, an NRI who falls in love with Patel’s character.To prepare, he trained with the actor Salman Khan to bulk up physically, worked to improve his diction and took lessons in acting, singing, dancing, fencing and riding. With global revenues of ₹620 million (US$8.7 million), Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai became the highest-grossing Indian film of 2000. His performance was acclaimed by critics; Suggu Kanchana on Rediff.com wrote, “[Roshan] is good. The ease and style with which he dances, emotes, fights, makes one forget this is his debut film … He seems to be the most promising among the recent lot of star sons we have been subjected to.” For the role, Roshan received Best Male Debut and Best Actor Awards at the annual Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards, and Zee Cine Awards. He became the first actor to win both Filmfare Best Debut and Best Actor awards the same year. The film established Roshan as a prominent actor in Bollywood. The actor found life hard after his overnight success, particularly the demands on his time.
In his second release, Khalid Mohammed’s crime drama Fiza, Roshan played Amaan, an innocent Muslim boy who becomes a terrorist after the 1992–93 Bombay riots. Roshan appeared in the film to expand his horizons as an actor.Co-starring Karisma Kapoor and Jaya Bachchan, Fiza was moderately successful at the box office and Roshan’s performance earned him a second nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare ceremony. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama praised him as the production’s prime asset, commending his “body language, his diction, his expressions, [and] his overall persona.” Roshan next appeared in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s action drama Mission Kashmir (2000) alongside Sanjay Dutt, Preity Zinta, and Jackie Shroff. Set in the valley of Kashmir during the Indo-Pakistani conflicts, the film addressed the topics of terrorism and crime, and was a financial success. Roshan was drawn to his complex role of a young man traumatised by the discovery that his adoptive father had been responsible for the death of his entire birth family.In Adarsh’s opinion, Roshan “brightens up the screen with his magnetic presence. His body language, coupled with his expressions, is sure to win him plaudits.”
In 2001, Roshan appeared in two films, the first of which was Subhash Ghai’s Yaadein, a romantic drama which paired him with Kareena Kapoor and reunited him with Shroff. Although highly anticipated, Yaadein was reviled by critics; in The Hindu, Ziya Us Salam criticised the director for relying on Roshan’s commercial appeal. Roshan next had a supporting role in Karan Johar’s ensemble melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. He was cast as Rohan Raichand—the younger son of Bachchan’s character who plots to reunite him with his adopted son (played by Khan)—after Johar had watched a rough cut of Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… finished as India’s second highest-grossing film of the year, and among the most successful Bollywood films in the overseas market, earning over ₹1 billion (US$14 million) worldwide. Writing for Rediff.com, Anjum N described Roshan as “the surprise scene-stealer”, praising him for holding his own against the established actors. Roshan received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
In 2002 Vikram Bhatt’s romance Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage reunited him with Ameesha Patel but failed at the box office, as did Arjun Sablok’s romance Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002).Roshan’s final role that year was in a Yash Raj Films production, the high-profile Mujhse Dosti Karoge! co-starring Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor. The romantic drama was heavily promoted before its release and made money internationally, though not in India. In another commercial failure, Sooraj R. Barjatya’s Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Roshan was cast alongside Kareena Kapoor for the fourth time, and Abhishek Bachchan. The press labelled Roshan a “one-trick pony” and suggested that the failure of these films would end his career.
Artistry and media image
As the son of the filmmaker Rakesh, Roshan faced the media spotlight from a young age.Discussing nepotism in Bollywood, Shama Rana views him as one of several actors who managed film careers with the help of family relations in the industry. On the other hand, Roshan is acknowledged in the media as one of the most talented Indian actors of his generation, for his devotion to his work and for his ability to commit heavily to each role. He insists on learning any necessary skills and performing stunts himself,and is particularly known for his professionalism.The director Ashutosh Gowariker praised Roshan when he continued filming Mohenjo Daro despite several injuries and being in a troubled state of mind. Zoya Akhtar, who considers Roshan her favourite actor, and directed him in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, remarks on his ability to display a range of emotions on screen.
Roshan intentionally takes on diverse parts in an attempt to not be typecast.He looks at the scripts as a platform to inspire with the strength and courage of his characters and to make his audiences smile.Roshan was noted by critics for his versatility in portraying a variety of characters in Koi… Mil Gaya (2003), Lakshya (2004), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), and Guzaarish (2010). Box Office India ranked him first on its top actors listing in 2000 and later included him in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 Roshan topped Rediff.com’s list of best Bollywood actors in 2003, and was ranked fourth in 2006. Filmfare magazine included two of his performances—from Koi… Mil Gaya and Lakshya—on its 2010 list of 80 Iconic Performances.In March 2011, Roshan placed fourth on Rediff.com’s list of Top 10 Actors of 2000–2010. Roshan’s dancing ability has also drawn praise from the media, an opinion he disagrees with. The Los Angeles Times finds him to be “a sensational dancer” who “has the dashing, chiseled looks of a silent movie matinee idol.” Some critics also believe that he is only able to dance and act in his father’s films. His inclination towards “glamorous, albeit empty parts”, which conform to character stereotypes, has been criticised.
Roshan is among Bollywood’s highest-paid actors. Discussing his success ratio at the box office in a 2014 article, Daily News and Analysis credited him as “the most bankable star” in Bollywood. One of the most high-profile Indian celebrities, he was named the second most powerful Indian film star by Forbes in 2001. He ranked fourth in Filmfare Power List in 2007. In a 2009 poll conducted by Daily News and Analysis Roshan was voted one of India’s most popular icons. At the 2009 FICCI-IIFA Awards, Roshan was one of the ten recipients of the most powerful Bollywood entertainers of the 2000s. From 2012–2018, Roshan was placed on Forbes India’s Celebrity 100—a list based on the income and popularity of Indian celebrities—peaking at ninth position in 2014 with an annual income of ₹850 million (US$12 million)
Roshan has established himself as a sex symbol and a style icon in India. In 2006, Roshan was one of the four Bollywood actors, along with Priyanka Chopra, Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan, whose miniature dolls were launched in the United Kingdom, under the name of “Bollywood Legends”He topped The Times of India’s listing of 50 Most Desirable Men in 2010 and ranked among the top five for the next five years. In 2010 and 2012, the Indian edition of GQ included him in their listing of Bollywood’s best dressed men. A life-size, wax figure of him was installed at London’s Madame Tussauds museum in January 2011, making him the fifth Indian actor to have been replicated as a wax statue there. Versions of the statue were installed at Madame Tussauds’ museums in New York, Washington and other cities in the world. Roshan regularly features in the magazine Eastern Eye’s listing of the 50 Sexiest Asian Men. He topped the list in 2011, 2012 and 2014, and featured among the top five in 2010, 2013 and 2015 to 2018