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Sussanne Roshan’s store, The Charcoal Project, opened yesterday; is replete with moss walls from North America, and installations that weigh a few tonnes.

entertainment Updated: Feb 28, 2011 14:26 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Hrithik Roshan’s wife Sussanne learnt early in life that nothing is impossible. After assisting her mother for a while, she tied the knot with the most promising newcomer, and eventually worked only on special clients while raising her sons Hrehaan and Hridaan. Yesterday, she brought her ‘third baby into the world’ as she calls her store, The Charcoal Project, along with husband Hrithik Roshan, who’s most proud about her childhood dream coming true.

Sussanne concedes that there were times she’d get worried, upset and even frustrated when things took long to work out. Didn’t she turn her husband into a punching bag then? “Hrithik’s been such a sweetheart, often telling me to not worry, believe in myself and that everything would be fine,” she asserts, adding, “He taught me that I shouldn’t leave any stone unturned. And if I needed anything, I should do it, and never let go.”

And when Hrithik was away for his outdoors, Sussanne had her great support system in the Roshan and Khan clans, and a couple of her close buddies. “When Hrithik returned and saw the way my store was coming up, he was in tears and happily surprised. He trusts my vision. It’s a challenge to live up to his expectations,” enthuses Mrs Roshan, seated inside her two-level store (basement and ground).

The strangest aspect of setting up her store was getting the moss walls because moss reflects life for some parts of The Charcoal Project. “They were lost in transition for about two months!” she exclaims, still shocked that the moss walls she ordered from North America couldn’t be located somewhere along the way. “I had to send someone in Europe to locate it. The transportation had come to a halt due to blizzards last winter. Fortunately, everything was sorted out, and they reached Mumbai only three weeks ago.”

The gorilla installations she points out are the craziest part of her store. Reason: the two gorillas weigh a tonne each, and couldn’t be brought down to the basement easily. “Thankfully, my architect Ehsan had two huge holes punched in the floor. So we got the pulley-machines used by ship-loaders to get the gorillas down to the basement,” she recalls, stating that every bit of setting up shop has been recorded on a video. “I think anyone can set up a store if they want to. Taking it ahead is the tougher part.”