December 19, 2009 8:55:36 PM IST Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
As a part of the ongoing series on the decade of Indian cinema, here is the third feature in the series on Hrithik Roshan. Hrithik Roshan in fact created new paradigms on acting and in a way stood as the tallest star for the decade. The decade indeed belongs to him and here is an analysis of his performance for the decade.
Bursting on the horizon of the decade like a comet star, in 2000 with his debut film KAHO NA PYAAR HAI, Hrithik Roshan stamped his authority on the decade with a peach of performance in JODHAA AKBAR. Indeed therefore the present decade belongs to him as it saw his evolution from being a lover boy to be able to portray a historical character of the likes of Akbar with such conviction as to sweep the awards for his performance.
Hrithik Roshan gave a new meaning to dance in Indian cinema when he made his debut in KAHO NAA PYAAR HAIN and he continues to mesmerize the Indian audience with the same gravity defying moves that have become his leit motif. He could also be one of the few stars whose dance moves have also been incorporated in series of advertisements that he features in.
KAHO NAA PYARR HAI established the record of bagging 102 awards, a feat no other film has repeated so far. Another hallmark of Hrithik Roshan has been his conviction to carve his image more as a consummate actor rather than as a star. Therefore in the wake of KAHO NA PYAAR HAI he went on to portray the character of a Muslim boy who is forced to walk to other side of the law with panache both in FIZA as also in MISSION KASHMIR. History is not replete with any such example where an actor has literally deconstructed himself after a phenomenally successful film KAHO NAA PYAAR HAI to have the courage to play the characters like he did in FIZA and MISSION KASHMIR with which a silent minority of the country empathizes.
It was again the same conviction, which was the guiding factor in playing a supporting role to Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM. No other top star would have condescended to play a second fiddle to Shah Rukh and Big B but Hrithik being a passionate convert to the craft of films, did not gave it any iota of thought.
2003 again saw Hrithik Roshan sweeping the box office once again with KOI MIL GAYA the first real sci-fi film from Bollywood where Hrithik did not have any doubts whatsoever to play the role of a mentally retarded child. No wonder he became the first star to have won the Filmfare award as the best actor as also the critics’ award for the same film.
Not resting on the laurels of KOI MIL GAYA Hrithik Roshan again deconstructed himself with LAKHSYA where he played the role of an aimless boy who finds his moorings in the army. It indeed is one of the least emphasized facts that the aimlessness of the youth of the present times that Hrithik played with conviction in LAKHSYA. No wonder when Zoya Akhtar debuted into the world of Hindi cinema, it was the box-office draw of Hrithik Roshan that was capitalized by Zoya as her brother Farhan Akhtar did it earlier.
DHOOM-2 took Hrithik Roshan to a higher platform and he gave the industry one of the most enigmatic pairing of the Hindi cinema in the recent times that of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan and he literally made the audience eat out of his hands. It was also for the first time that Aishwarya Rai gave her on-screen kiss with Hrithik Roshan. The chemistry that too displayed on the screen was probably the point of inspiration for Ashutosh Gowarikar to dabble in a controversial subject of JODHAA AKBAR but Ashutosh Gowarikar was proved right when JODHAA AKBAR became one of the first historical films after MUGHAL-E-AZAM to mesmerize the audience with its miasma. The decade for Hrithik Roshan therefore came to a befitting climax and the new decade has indeed exciting possibilities as his first international film KITES is going to be released shortly, to be followed by GUZAARISH where he is again paired with Aishwarya Rai. There indeed is no doubt that Hrithik Roshan would continue to rule in the next decade as well.