Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, who earned the superhero tag with his dare devil stunts in Krissh, says that playing a paraplegic in his upcoming movie Guzaarish is not an image change for him.
"I am a super character in the film. I have interacted with about 20 such patients who suffer from complete paralysis of the lower half of the body, including both legs which is mostly caused by damage of the spinal cord. They are real life superheroes and I am representing their emotions on screen," Hrithik told PTI.
Guzaarish, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, releases on November 19. Aishwarya plays the romantic lead opposite Hrithik in this period film."The patients with whom I interacted during the making of the film have become my friends for life. They taught me that you are more than just your body. There is a reason to all your problems and in solving them... Instead of crying over problems, focus on how to face them," he says.
Hrithik, whose last film Kites sank at the box office despite huge hype, says he never felt so responsible towards a character he has essayed on movies.
"I am representing the lives of these superheroes on screen. Apart from the fact that Bhansali's script moved me, I felt the responsibility of telling the world the story of such incredible people... my character portrays how to live life despite struggles and problems after meeting with a near-fatal accident during a performance as magician," he said.
The actor says he spent several hours with the patients to understand what they go through, what they think and what are their needs.