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Quiet birthday for Hrithik

Hiren Kotwani, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 10, 2011
First Published: 13:02 IST(10/1/2011) | Last Updated: 14:30 IST(10/1/2011)
He celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with family and friends in Goa at the end of 2010, brought in the New Year in Dubai and was supposed to fly down to the US for his 36th birthday. But Hrithik Roshan is staying in Mumbai. He’ll have a quiet party this evening at his Juhu residence, with family and a few close friends like Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Mehr and Arjun Rampal, Chunky and Bhavna Panday, Sanjay Kapoor and Riteish Sidhwani.

“It’s just another day except that I will be loved a little extra. My kids are a year older so there’ll be more action from them,” he smiles. “The kind of love I’ve got after Guzaarish is something I have never experienced  before in my 10-year career and an optimistic start to my second decade in show business.”

HrithikHrithik is on the verge of wrapping up Zindagi Na Mile Dobara. The last few days, he’s been shooting for Zoya Akhtar’s coming-of-age movie till close to midnight. After that he goes to the gym and works out till almost 3 am. Only after the almost three-hour workouts is he ready for bed. A couple of hours of sleep and he’s up and running to his shoot, with a cardio thrown in before that if he can manage it.

“It’s not that I want to beef up or build up an eight or twelve-pack to play Vijay Dinanath Chauhan in the Agneepath remake. I had to put on some weight for Guzaarish in which I played a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair after a tragic accident. I’m just getting back into shape,” he reasons.

The Agneepath remake is being directed by Karan Malhotra for Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. It flags off later this month. Probe him on its USP and Hrithik says, “The drive and conviction we have as a team. That should suffice for now.” The actor adds that before he starts work on the film, he wants to be as fit as he was before Guzaarish. “I’m not doing anything drastic differently as far as workouts go. But when you compare my Agneepath look to that in Guzaarish, you will notice a definite change,” he promises. “The new Agneepath will also be a change from the original... It’s younger, sharper, fully revamped.”
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