Hrithik Roshan Speaks To Subhash K Jha...
Q: You walked the ramp for Hrithik Farah Khan's jewellery last week.
A: That was my first ramp walk...for my sister-in-law Farah. It was great fun. I had never walked the ramp before. But anything for Farah. She's one of the most selfless and generous people I know. She's like the Mother Teresa of our family. She's headstrong.
She'll fight for what she thinks is right. And she'll fight even harder for what she thinks is right for others. She carries around this happy positive vibe. Just the fact that she got half the heroes of Bollywood to walk the ramp in jewellery shows how much she's loved by everyone.
Q: Were you selfconscious walking the ramp?
A: Very. But once I took my first steps I was okay. With everyone cheering me it was quite a high. Unfortunately I couldn't do enough rehearsals for the event—I was shooting for Dhoom 2 -- although they did have rehearsals.
So when I actually went on the ramp I was pretty much in the dark until I saw the crowd. Only then did I realize what I had got myself into.
Q: Why not a world tour to cash in on Krissh?
A: Yeah we're planning one. Some of my friends from the industry are planning a tour for 2007 or 2008. But not right away.
Q: The teaser trailer of Dhoom 2 has the nation in a grip.
A: It's definitely going to take me to another world away from Krissh. I've never been hired to do something like this before. I was waiting for this chance. I'm very calm composed and cool in Dhoom 2. So far I've played the devoted brother, obedient son, obliging friend and faithful lover.
Dhoom 2 is a welcome departure from my goodygoody image. That cool side of me finally surfaces. Dhoom 2 features me as a very different me.
Q: Onirban wants to cast you as Hamlet?
A: Hamlet?! Hmmmm. That's interesting. I'd love to hear what he has in mind. I'd like to do an adaptation and not a straightforward screen version of Shakespeare—Hamlet has been done so many times in America—but something like what Vishal Bhardwaj has done in Omkara is welcome. I'm a very big fan of Vishal's cinema. I really want to work with him.
Q: Why are filmmakers afraid to approach you. Why do they think you and your dad are a hard team to break?
A: That's ridiculous, yaar! Here's an actor whose second film after Kaho Na...Pyar Hai was directed by a film critic Khalid Mohamed in which I played the protagonist's brother. Then I've gone on to do films with new directors like Arjun Sablok and Kunal Kohli. And now I'm doinga film with Zoya Akhtar who's a new director.
Q: Zoya pairs you with Kareena Kapoor again.
A: Yes, we haven't been seen in a film for a while. But we keep bumping into each other socially.
Q: Do you think Kareena has evolved as an actor?
A: Oh she was already evolved when we started working together in Karan's Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. I haven't seen her recent films. But I've heard good things about her in Omkara.
Q: Will there be awkwardness between the two of you?
A: Why? Because of the rumours about us? I'd be awkward if there was any truth to the rumours. Even if there was even the smallest discomfort why would we agree to work together again, and that too with a new director. The last thing Zoya needs is a stressed lead pair.
Q: Zoya will be your first female director?
A: Yes. It'd be interesting. It's a completely different sensibility.