After several Bollywood actors discovered their love for the small screen, it is now Hrithik Roshan's turn to make his TV debut. The lithe actor will be the grand judge on Star Plus's show Just Dance for which he is being paid approximately Rs 2 crore per episode.
The show, which is expected to bring international and Indian dancers on the same platform, will run into 56 episodes, including screening of entries, auditions, and the actual competition. If industry speculation is anything to go by, the show will fetch Roshan approximately Rs 112 crore, making him one of the highest paid Bollywood actors on TV, joining the ranks of Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan.
Roshan says, "Really? Am I the highest paid star? I won't know if I am the highest paid or even among the highest paid Bollywood actors on TV because to calculate that you need to know who has made how much money. Unfortunately, I haven't kept tabs on other people's earnings. I just know I've been paid well." Roshan was signed on for the show in the last quarter of 2010, just before the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish.
A little over a week ago, the actor rehearsed and shot for the first set of promos for the dance reality show, produced by Fazila Allana's SOL Productions.
The shoot ran into 17 hours, during which he suffered a muscle tear in his chest. The actor, when asked about it at the Max Stardust Awards, confirms and says, "My chest is still in bandage but it's worth it. The promo invites entries. Without divulging too much, I can say that anyone who loves dancing would like to participate after watching the promo."
He adds, "I've worked as a production assistant. I know how much it matters when one has to cancel shoot schedules. So, I just did my bit for the show. I'm sure any professional actor would have done the same for his project and team." Choreographers Farah Khan, Ganesh Hegde and Vaibhavi Merchant are expected to be the co-jury of the show.
Since choreography will be their key focus, will he too judge the performances on the same parameters? "Not really. My focus will be on energy, expression and the impulse of the performers more than just choreography because dance is all about expressing emotions. If your dance can pass on your feelings to those who're watching you, I think you've succeeded as a dancer," says Roshan.
The actor admits that he developed a penchant for dance while he was growing up. Commenting on teaching his sons, Hrehaan and Hridaan, a few of his dance moves, the actor says, "I think they're really young right now for me to teach them any of my moves. But as they grow up, if they really have the proclivity for dance, their daddy will be the happiest to teach them."