Dipa Karmakar may have missed out on winning a medal by 0.150 points, but the 23-year-old gymnast from Tripura sure created history with her performance at the Rio Olympics.
Not many know that Dipa is a huge fan of Hrithik Roshan “for the way he dances”. She is also “keen on watching his latest release”, which has been directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.
“Dipa won the nation’s hearts with her undying spirit. Even though the entire nation is rooting for her, and is extremely proud of her achievements, it came as a surprise for Hrithik when she spoke about how she is a big fan of his work,” says an insider.
When HT contacted Hrithik, he said, “I am honoured [to learn that Dipa is my fan]. But I think I am a bigger fan [of hers]. The spirit with which Dipa played has won our hearts.”
Hrithik is “super proud” of Dipa’s achievements at the Olympics. “She has a fantastic spirit, and at the same time, she seems very unassuming, sweet and vulnerable in her demeanour. She helped me drive home the point that I keep making to my kids (Hrehaan and Hridhaan) that the most important thing is not to win, but to give something your 100%, which she did,” said Hrithik.