Hrithik Roshan is one of the top-rung actors in Bollywood who has a loyal fan following among children and adults alike. The son of film star Rakesh Roshan (now producer/director) and wife Pinky, Hrithik (aka Duggu) debuted in films as a child when he played a role in his Nana-ji's movie Bhagwan Dada. Later, he also danced for a song sequence in his grandfather's Aasha (starring Jeetendra).
Hrithik studied at Sydneham College (with longtime friend Uday Chopra) and earned his Bachelor's degree in Commerce. While Mama and Papa Roshan wanted Hrithik to continue his post-graduate education abroad, Duggu enrolled himself in Kishor Namit Kapoor's acting classes without informing his parents until months later. Wanting to learn everything about cinematography and acting, he worked with his father during the production of Koyla and Karan-Arjun. Later, he even helped his father during the scripting stages of Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, not knowing that his papa had chosen him for the lead role.
When Rakesh Roshan told his son that he'd be doing the film, after the initial shock of the news subsided, Duggu asked his father for six months to prepare for the role. Hrithik got his wish, Rakesh-ji got a superstar actor, and in January of 2000, the world got a brand new idol. After the release of Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Hrithik's name instantly got penciled in on the top directors' list.
It wasn't until after the success of KNPH that Duggu decided to marry his longtime girl friend Susanne in December 2000. She also happened to be actor-producer Sanjay Khan’s daughter. After KNPH, critics raved about his performance in both Fiza and Mission Kashmir. Unfortunately, a few of Hrithik's next films flopped due to poor story line and bad scripting. With Koi Mil Gaya, his second project with Papa Roshan, he was back under the spotlight with Bollywood's first sci-fi film.
In 2006, the world watched and waited as Hrithik prepared to deliver the sequel to 2003 success Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish and also a sequel to 2004's blockbuster Dhoom, Dhoom 2. With both becoming monster hits, his reputation rose higher and higher. Many of his movies have been successful, including Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and Jodha Akbar (2008).
At one time, Hrithik Roshan had a severe stammering problem, which he fought hard to overcome, and triumphed in doing so.
A poster created and used by the Democratic Alliance in South Africa in November 2000 to woo Indian voters caused controversy for Hrithik Roshan in January 2001, when it made use of his face without Roshan's approval. The ANC, outraged at this, threatened to ban his films.
Hrithik Roshan has been recording his daily life for numerous years by taking pictures and putting them in scrapbooks.
At age 21, Hrithik Roshan was diagnosed with scoliosis and told he could never be an actor, dancer and do all the things a Bollywood hero needs to do.
Hrithik Roshan was presented the "National Citizen's Award" on August 25, 2001 in Delhi. The award acknowledges distinction in various deeds affecting national life.
Hrithik Roshan is the son-in-law of Bollywood superstar Sanjay Khan.
Hrithik Roshan has a first-class graduate degree in Economics and Commerce.
Hrithik Roshan attended Sydneham College.
Hrithik Roshan has won at least five Filmfare Awards.
Hrithik Roshan and his wife had their first child, a baby boy, on March 28, 2006 at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, India. The child was named Hrehaan.
In 2001, a rumour stating Roshan made scandalous comments pertaining to Nepal and its residents angered many people in the country. This soon lead to protests by students, in which four people were killed.
He had his first movie role when he was six.
Hrithik has a supernumerary thumb on his right hand, which means he has an extra thumb.
Hrithik Roshan was once a part of the Main Hoon Naa cast. He even shot for a day for the film. The character Hrithik was to play in the film was that of Shah Rukh Khan's younger brother. But things didn't materialise later on and eventually the role went over to his brother-in-law Zayed Khan. Incidentally, actor Sohail Khan and Dil Chahta Hai director Farhan Akhtar were also considered for the role.
There is an elephant taming sequence in Jodhaa Akbar, a brief glimpse of which audiences have seen in the promo. In order to acquaint himself with the elephant and strike a comfort level, Hrithik Roshan used to travel to Karjat on days when he was not shooting, just to spend time with the elephant and feed her bananas at lunch. He called him Sweety pie and she would recognise his voice and his cologne.
Hrithik Roshan had a very ‘filmy’ horse for Jodhaa Akbar. The horse used to know what words like action meant and so when she heard action, she would take off, even if the scene required her to be stationary. Hence the crew would use other words instead of action to avoid the horse taking off. The names of his horses were Chandni and Superman.
I was raised to the level of the best and the most famous without anybody being responsible enough to judge whether it was deserved or not!
I think its important to have the looks to some extent but its what's inside you which people get to see and that's what makes someone popular or unpopular. So I think it's not the looks in my case but it's my work as an artist, which has earned me the respect of the people at large.
I believe God exists because he gives me signs. You can call it a coincidence but I consider them signs. I am not superstitious but I keep looking for signs. And at those times when I have asked for a sign with all my heart, I have usually got it. That could be because of the child inside me. It's fun to believe in these, so why stop?
When the cover of a magazine claimed I was 'Finished', the edition completely sold out and the same magazine used my face on its cover in the next two issues.
Please don't make my face the biggest one in the banner if I'm not playing the central character. I think its wrong to fool the audience by saying Hrithik Roshan is the hero, come and watch the film. That's cheating.
At times I miss my privacy. But only for five minutes. Then I remind myself that it is a very small price for what I have got.
I am not going to lose sight of the ground because someday, I will have to be back on it.