Rumours of a link-up between actor Hrithik Roshan and his Kites co-star Barbara Mori have been doing the rounds for quite some time now. But the actor says neither he, nor his wife, pay any heed to such baseless reports.
“Why should it bother me? I’m a happy man with a happy family. And Barbara is a great friend. There is no need to react,” he says causally. As for his wife, Sussanne, supposedly feeling insecure of Mori, Hrithik retorts, “My wife is a more spiritual person than I am. We are the perfect couple.”
That said, the actor minces no words about calling Mori the ‘best’ actress he’s worked with in his entire career. “The first film of Barbara that I saw had so much vulnerability and dignity, that I was completely bowled over. She has a lot of sex appeal as well. And that is a lethal combination! She’s the best actor I’ve worked with. She’s not from our little pond but from another ocean. That’s why I attribute the word ‘best’ to her.”
The actor also clears the air about all the talk of an English version of Kites, which is being shown to audiences abroad. “It’s the Hindi film that will be screened all over the world. Brett (Ratner, Hollywood film editor) has only come up with a remix. He fell in love with our film, and came up with his own take. He’s presenting his cut to his audience and that’s a bonus for us,” says Hrithik, adding that Ratner’s Kites will not release in India, even at a later date.
The actor says he’s unperturbed that the film’s climax, and his and Mori’s bare-back photos were leaked out well before its release. “Every film has its own destiny,” he shrugs. “Our challenge is to erase all pre-conceived notions and draw the audience into a world where it enjoys every moment. These things don’t matter.”
Though Ratner’s Kites opens Hrithik’s doors to Hollywood in a big way, he denies reports of shifting focus to the West. “Any good film is a stepping stone to newer avenues. If Brett offers me a film, I’d love to do it. But before I sign on, I’ll see if I the subject works for me,” he says.