The debate on nepotism can go on forever, but there are some star kids who have truly showcased their potential and deservingly established their position in the film industry. Hrithik Roshan is among the first names in this category, who has proved himself over the course of his close to two-decade journey in Bollywood. The actor’s ‘Greek God’ looks, unparalleled dance moves and chiselled physique have been among his most evident physical features, but he is equally effective while he transforms into a character on the screen. On the occasion of his 45th birthday, we take a look at his best performances in extremely diverse roles that proved his versatility.
Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)
One of Hrithik’s most-loved films of all time, the actor nailed the role of a mentally challenged person in the movie directed by his father Rakesh Roshan. His dialogue delivery and mannerisms as a man child were on point in this sci-fi family drama. The actor was brilliant, particularly in developing the chemistry with the young kids, on-screen lover Preity Zinta, mother Rekha and much-loved Jaadu. Hrithik conveyed a range of emotions from sad, angry, frustrated, goofy and innocent in the movie and performed romance, action, drama, dance effortlessly. His act after his character achieves physical transformation showed his fine range and fetched him a Filmfare Best Actor Award.
Hrithik was 30 when he did the movie, but still looked extremely convincing as a college-going student. The actor aced the transformation from a confused youngster to a focused army man in the movie. His portrayal of helplessness at the jibes at his lack of ambition early on or his intensity at the battleground later says it all about his acting skills. His dancing used to be a constant in all his movies initially and from the break-dance in 'Main Aisa Kyun Hoon' to the goofy moves with on-screen lover Preity Zinta in ‘Agar Main Kahoon’, Hrithik displayed his brilliant range as a dancer.
Jodhaa Akbar (2007)
Hrithik showcased his versatility further with his first period film ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ where he played the Mughal Emperor Akbar. From the moustache to the bulky frame, the actor’s transformation in the look was evident. His chemistry with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and his emotions in the love scenes were among the highlights. One of the best scenes is the innocence with which he reveals to Aishwarya that he is illiterate. His machoism was also on display, his shirtless sword training scene revealing his toned physique left audiences swooning over him. The combat scenes looked effective thanks to Hrithik’s intensity and the change of his voice range while talking to people of his kingdom, wife or enemies particularly stood out.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial is undoubtedly one of Hrithik’s best works. The actor essayed the character of a quadriplegic with such finesse that it was hard to imagine anyone else doing the role. The actor spelt magic when he flashed his infectious smile and was equally effective when his disease brought him pain. His fun-filled conversations with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and delivery of dialogues spreading positivity were so good that we forget he’s been on a wheelchair for 14 years.
It’s been two years since we saw Hrithik on the big screen and while his fans would be eager for his next film, they surely would have great memories of ‘Kaabil.’ The actor delivered a brilliant performance as a visually challenged man and looked extremely convincing in enacting the right mannerisms. Again, the role had everything and he was equally good for each of the emotions. From displaying his love for Yami Gautam’s character, ball dancing, anger and the plotting to avenge his enemies, the actor was just top-notch.
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