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Does Mohenjo Daro’s clash with Rustom bother Hrithik Roshan?

Actor Hrithik Roshan talks about the box-office clash between his upcoming film and actor Akshay Kumar’s next.

RustomVsMohenjoDaro Updated: Aug 10, 2016 13:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Hrithik Roshan,Pooja Hedge,Mohenjo Daro
Hrithik’s Mohenjo Daro is scheduled to hit the screens on August 12, 2016.(Shivam Saxena/ HT Photo)

Actors Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde – the lead pair of filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker’s upcoming film, Mohenjo Daro – visited the Hindustan Times office on Friday for a fun-filled HT City Stars In The City interaction to promote their film.

As expected, the room was filled with shouts of “I love you, Hrithik’ and ‘OMG! He’s here’ as the handsome actor and his beautiful co-star entered, waving to fans. The two not only answered all questions thrown at them, but also spoke about how much they enjoyed working with each other. “I was left with no words, and went in complete shock when Ashutosh ji told me that I’ll be cast opposite Hrithik,” gushed Pooja. Hrithik, too, thanked her for bringing a breath of fresh air on the sets with her energy. No such session can be complete without a few dance moves from Hrithik, and the Bollywood star obliged.

Watch: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde in a song from Mohenjo Daro

In conversation with Sonal Kalra, National Editor - Entertainment & Lifestyle, Hindustan Times, Hrithik, 42, also spoke about the clash of his film’s release with actor Akshay Kumar’s next Rustom on August 12. Does the clash between the two big films bother Hrithik? “It does but only if you chose to let it affect you. It can make you feel a little insecure but I choose to see it in a slightly different manner. I think, in life you really need to be objective and the fact is that there are a bunch of holidays in a year, and several releases. So films are bound to clash. It will happen many times. There are many good films being made and there are only a so many holidays,” says the actor, who’s fondly called ‘Duggu’ in the industry.

Actors Pooja Hegde and Hrithik Rohan at Stars In The City. (Shivam Saxena/ HT Photo)

Instead of fretting over the divided audience, Hrithik looks at it in a positive way. “I think it’s an opportunity for me and the team to rise above clashes, and prove to the world that a new trend can emerge. Why can’t two good films emerge to a level where everyone is satisfied? Why can’t that happen? I want to think of it in a regard that you should have sense of camaraderie, grace and friendship and wish each other best. I and Akshay (Kumar) are friends. I wish him the best and I wish myself the same. I hope both of us do well and next time a clash happens, people can relax.”

Read: Mohenjo Daro trailer spawns a thousand jokes on Twitter

Hrithik, who made his film debut with Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai in 2000 has come a long way and has given hits such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Koi…Mil Gaya (2003) and Dhoom 2 (2006).

Read: Akshay Kumar’s secretary helped him prepare for Rustom

In his journey as an actor, there has been a certain transition in his personality and it was necessary, he says. “When I became an actor, I accepted the fact that I would undergo many transitions. This is a very necessary thing in the film industry without which no one can survive much longer as an actor. We are very lucky to get to know different virtues and values of life through the roles we play in our movies,” says Hrithik, who plays an indigo farmer in Mohenjo Daro.

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First Published: Aug 05, 2016 19:58 IST