Bollywood is set to witness a clash of the titans when Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil will lock horns with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees on January 25.
Both films were earlier scheduled to release on Republic Day but Rakesh Roshan, in a bid to avert the clash, advanced the release of Kaabil by a day. But that did not really help matters as Raees too announced its release date as January 25 soon after.
Hrithik Roshan speaks to Firstpost about the clash: “Look, now that is the way it is. What can we do if the clash is happening? Maybe because they couldn’t find a better date. It is not illegal. Thinking about it is a waste of time, and something that is not under my control doesn’t bother me. We can do the best, I should do the best for my film, Ritesh (Sidhwani, producer, Raees) and Shah Rukh should do the best for their film.”
Hrithik further says that the clash is only business and there’s no compromise on his friendship with Shah Rukh.
“We are in a business. We are also in a friendship. Both should be in their place. We should understand that business is business and friendship is friendship. Raees and Kaabil can clash but the friendship and business should not clash. Once you got that sorted out then you’re at peace. Everything teaches you something and every experience is a good experience. I’m looking forward to the clash because it’s something new for me. It’s happening for the first time with my film so I’m going to enjoy,” says the actor.
Hrithik plays a visually impaired person in Kaabil, and if one counts Rakesh Roshan’s Koi Mil Gaya, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, then this is the third time that the actor is playing the part of a specially-abled man.
Talking about prepping up for the role, he says, “I would put a blindfold on and walk around in my house from one room to another trying to figure out where were the pieces of furniture. That was the starting point. Other than that, I amassed as much information and awareness by meeting, chatting, discussing with some of my visually impaired friends. Preparation continued throughout the film and I completed shooting my part in 60 days, which has been the fastest so far. But on the 50th day of the shoot I was thinking that this film should have been spread over eight months so that in six months I would have become pro at playing blind.”
Hrithik says he was initially supposed to play a helpless character in the film but after meeting his “blind friends”, the script of the film underwent a dramatic change.
“Initially we thought that my character should have that helplessness to garner sympathy because then it becomes easy to get audiences on your side and that becomes an actor’s crutch as well. Like what we showed in Koi Mil Gaya, whatever happens around the boy creates sympathy for the character making it into an author-backed role. But when I met these visually impaired friends I realised that there were no signs of helplessness or vulnerability in them. They were seen smiling all the time and leading no lesser a life. I realised that we were not showing the reality and we changed all that. I decided to give up on the actor’s ‘crutch’ by playing a normal, regular guy which is a bit risky but it’s a more fun, refreshing and honest depiction of the character. This may break the conditioned mindset about visually impaired people,” he says.
“After doing films like Krrish, Bang Bang and Mohenjo Daro, Kaabil is one film where you can’t lie at all. You can’t be a hero. You have to be real. You have to be yourself. So that was a challenge. I was doing a film like this after a very long time. Also, I was completely blown away by the visually impaired people I interacted with. There is a blind CEO of a country who is a millionaire, there is a blind photographer who is famous nationwide, there are blind body-builders, musicians, guitarists…My take away from the film is inspiration and I have evolved as an actor,” he adds.
While there have been strong rumours that Hrithik’s next film is with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions’ to be helmed by Karan Malhotra (director, Agneepath) opposite debutante Sara Ali Khan (Saif Khan’s daughter) and that it is set to go on floors next month, Hrithik denied the news.
“There is no official truth to that. It might be discussed but so far nothing has happened,” he says, further adding, “There is nothing after Kaabil as of now but I wish there was something. I am still searching for a good project. Krrish 4 will happen but there is still lot of time for that.” Hrithik had recently expressed interest in working on a film scripted by Twinkle Khanna, who has often charmed us with her sharp wit and humorous take on things.
In a candid Twitter chat, the actor had asked Twinkle to write a two-hero film for him, so that he and Akshay can share the screen space. “Twinkle is a great writer and if something humourous comes up with Akshay and me then that would be great. They are also my neighbours,” says Hrithik, who is most likely to appear on Karan Johar’s chat show Koffee With Karan. “But I can’t reveal who I will be coming with,” he says.
Beating top Hollywood stars like Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt, Hrithik emerged as the world’s third most handsome face in an online poll by a website, Worldstopmost.com conducted recently. Reacting to it, the actor signed off saying, “Well, I have nothing to do with this competition. It happened in somebody else’s mind, somebody else’s thought and somebody decided to print it. I have nothing to do with it. It’s definitely not an achievement, it is just a compliment.