Hrithik Roshan, who will be seen sporting a new look in his forthcoming release Kites, has never hesitated from experimenting in his 10 years in the industry. He says leaving the safety zone and trying something different is the need of the hour.
Kites is a very honest film. That was the brief that my father and Anurag Basu gave to the entire team while making Kites. We do not want to be within the safety zone influenced by manipulative commercial thinking," Hrithik, looking his best in a red and white check shirt and blue jeans, told IANS in an interview.
"Nothing in the film - no dialogues or no moments that try to provoke claps, tears or laughter. It's a very simple straightforward love story, something that would happen in real life and following that thread whatever fell into place has made the film what it is," said the actor.
The 36-year-old, who has done a range of movies - from sci-fi to superhero, from historical to romantic sagas - feels filmmakers should try to come out of their comfort zones and make films from their heart.
"It's time to let go of all our safety nets and be out there and tell a story through our hearts and not bother who is listening. We should make films with a thought as if no one is there to judge us. Like this we will produce better and more honest films," he said.
Kites, a film about an Indian man's affair with a Latin woman and their predicament as they don't understand each other's language, is being made in Hindi and English. The English version of Kites has been presented and reworked by well-known Hollywood director Brett Ratner.
Produced by Hrithik's father and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, the film will be distributed and marketed by Reliance BIG Pictures.
Directed by Anurag Basu, the movie also stars Mexican actress Barbara Mori and Kangana Ranaut. It has been shot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Santa Fe and will release May 21 in over 60 countries.
Hrithik, last seen in Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar, worked on Kites for almost two-and-a-half years. The actor says he is incapable of multi-tasking and believes in doing one thing at a time and giving it his best.
"I can't multi-task. When I'm doing one film, I go completely into it and give my heart and soul to it. I got this inspiration from the Tinkle comic books that I used to read as a child.
"It used to advocate that one should stick to one thing and give one's best to that instead of putting your hand in everything," said Hrithik, who was at the Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM studio in the capital to promote his film.
Hrithik met with a couple of accidents while shooting the movie - he hurt his knees while doing a dangerous car stunt in Las Vegas and later injured his arm while shooting in Filmistan Studio in Mumbai.
When asked what kind of audience reaction he expected after putting in so much effort, Hrithik said: "I hope they like the film. Audience reaction is my access point to growth. They have loved me for 10 years and I feel truly blessed."
The actor also broke his silence on the controversy that surrounded the film regarding an alleged link-up between him and Barbara. "Certain sections of the media had tried to instigate and provoke, but the truth always comes out. So it was just a matter of time," he said.
He also said Barbara would arrive in India April 16 and stay in the country for a month.