He’s been voted the most desirable Valentine by a woman’s magazine for his Greek God looks and his fortune. The compliment has put matching smiles on Hrithik Roshan and wife Sussanne’s faces. “Love should always make you smile. If it brings pain, anger, sadness and hate, then it’s obsession,” reasons the star.
Hrithik has played the lover boy in countless films down the last decade and singles out Koi…Mil Gaya, Jodhaa Akbar and Guzaarish among his most memorable cinematic romances.
For Hrithik, February 14 is a celebration of love in its many forms. In some countries, a stranger leaves sweets out for children and he’d want to do the same for his sons. In some parts, it’s about celebrating your roots and remembering the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for love. “I don’t believe in dying for love, it’s more courageous to live. But everyday, we make small, sweet sacrifices because we want to,” he points out. “And our love for our grandparents and parents keep us rooted.”
One Valentine’s Day, a year after he started dating Sussanne, he went down on his knees on Juhu beach in Mumbai and proposed to her. “I’d known since I was 12 that she was the girl for me, but that was the big moment, complete with a ring,” he smiles. “Earlier, on another February 14, I’d told her those three all-important words, ‘I love you’.”
A month ago, at an award ceremony in Singapore, Sussanne publicly declared her love for him, and an overwhelmed Hrithik is trying hard to match up. “I’m a shy guy, it’s hard to be so spontaneous in front of the world. But on February 27, Sussanne will be opening her shop and I’m so proud of her. For 15 years, she has supported me in my career. Now I want to be her pillar and punching board,” he asserts.