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No assistance, only instincts

Hrithik Roshan followed his gut feeling while acting in Kites, even stopped checking his takes on the monitor.

entertainment Updated: May 12, 2010 09:54 IST
Hiren Kotwani

kitesIt’s a well-known fact that most actors check out their performances on the monitor after every take. So, it comes as a surprise to learn that Hrithik Roshan stopped doing that while shooting for Kites.

By heart
According to a source associated with the movie, “Initially, after every take was okayed, Hrithik would check how he had performed on the video assist.”

He saw that none of his co-actors from the Western movie industry did that and was amazed to hear that they never bothered reviewing their shots, says our source, adding, “Instead, they relied more on their instincts, apart from the director’s guidance, to give their best shot.”

Over the next couple of days, Roshan interacted with his co-actors to better understand their approach to their characters, and that helped him evolve as an actor.

Talking about his experience, the leading man of Kites says, “All my Western co-stars have a whole new approach to acting and it just blew my mind completely. I was literally stripped off my acting craft, and all I was left with was the art.”

He adds, “I was just challenging myself to rely on my instincts and my only checkpoint was whether I’d given the shot from my heart or not.”

Learning experience
Soon, Roshan got so comfortable with the working style of his co-actors, that he didn’t bother to watch a single shot of his on the monitor, and had learnt to rely on his own instincts. “I have evolved because I saw how my foreign co-actors actually worked in their movies,” he enthuses.

Apart from his co-actors, Roshan was also all praise for his heroine, Barbara Mori. “There was a lot to learn from her too. I’ve never seen such a spontaneous actor in my life,” he concludes.