After receiving an overwhelming response to his last release, Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and the first promo of Agneepath, actor Hrithik Roshan is now preparing for what he calls the “toughest battle of his life.” Krrish 2 goes on the floors in Hyderabad’s Ramoji Rao Film City in November. And the actor says that he doesn’t even have words to describe how big the challenge, which his producer-director father and he are attempting to pull off, actually is. “I’m not even thinking about it right now because I know it’ll scare me. There are still a few weeks to go before I become a superhero from a hero,” he says with a wry grin.
Meanwhile, the film is already in the news over a casting change. Chitrangda Singh, who was to play a sexy female mutant with shades of gray in the sequel, has been replaced by Sri Lankan-beauty queen-turned-actor Jacqueline Fernandes over date issues.
Ask Hrithik if Jacqueline’s entry necessitated any changes in the script and he says, “None. Jacqueline had been on my mind since I did an ad with her for a mobile phone. I know she’s a beautiful girl with loads of talent. After Chitrangda expressed her inability to do the film, I suggested Jacqueline’s name to dad and she fit into the script finally.”
Naseeruddin Shah had played the bad man in Krrish and in a recent interview said that he was hoping to be offered the sequel too, but Rakesh preferred Chitrangda to him. The tongue-in-cheek comment draws a laugh. Hrithik adds, “Naseer
is someone I look up too. I learnt a lot from him in the little time we spent together. It would have been a pleasure to have him in Krrish 2, but his character died and the script doesn’t allow us to bring him back to life.”