This story seems to be straight out of a Bollywood script. In 2000, when Hrithik Roshan visited Siri Fort auditorium in Delhi to promote his debut film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, a young boy, Surjeet waited patiently for hours to see his favourite actor and possibly meet him.
But thanks to chaos at the venue, the police had to shoo away a group of people, which included Surjeet. “Mujhe wahan se dande maarke bhagaya gaya tha (They beat me up with sticks and forced me to run away),” he recalls, adding that he has been waiting for 10 years to meet Hrithik.Hrithik, the muse
Surjeet adds that he was not interested in dance until 2000, when Hrithik made his debut with the hit co-starring Ameesha Patel. "He has always been an inspiration to me. In fact, I learnt to dance by watching him on TV and copying his steps," says the young dancer, who has now set his heart on a career in dancing.
Calling Hrithik his “idol”, Surjeet interestingly named his niece, Hrithika. “When my brother’s daughter was born, I wanted her name to somehow be related to Hrithik sirji, so I convinced everyone to name her Hrithika. I feel I have a special connection with him because even my own daughter was born on the same day as him – January 10,” says Surjeet, who’s made it as a participant on the dance reality show, Just Dance, with Hrithik as one of the judges.
“When I met him and performed in front of him, it was seriously like a dream come true,” says an emotional Surjeet. “Out of sheer respect, I call him ‘sirj’ and the interesting part is that despite being a superstar, he also calls me ‘Surjeet sirjee’. I have not seen such a down-to-earth man without any tantrums of being a superstar. In fact, he is always available to support us (participants) on the show.”