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Hrithik Roshan: ‘My failures have made me who I am today’

Hrithik Roshan says he has learnt important lessons from his failures and the lessons influence his choice of films.

bollywood Updated: Aug 25, 2019 13:56 IST

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Hrithik Roshan spotted in Mumbai.
Hrithik Roshan spotted in Mumbai.(IANS)
         

Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan made a blockbuster Bollywood debut 19 years ago with Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, and since then he has featured in several films from various genres including love story and patriotic ones. In the journey, he has encountered success and failures and the actor believes the failures have taught him important lessons. “Today, when I look back, it feels like I have come a long way. There have been successes and there have been failures but most important are the lessons I learnt from my failures. My failures have made me who I am today and now my choices come from a place of having learnt from those failures,” Hrithik says.

Hrithik Roshan takes selfie at an event in Juhu, Mumbai on July 20.
Hrithik Roshan takes selfie at an event in Juhu, Mumbai on July 20. ( PTI )

His movies Fiza, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Koi Mil Gaya, Dhoom 2 and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara turned out to be hits though he failed to impress with a string of projects such as Yaadien, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, Lakshaya, Kites and Mohenjo Daro. Time and again, however, Hrithik has tried to prove his versatility as an artiste and, according to him, it was “failure” which helped him scale greater heights.

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Talking about his film choices, the 45-year-old star, who is currently being lauded for his performance in his latest release Super 30, says he looks for “entertaining scripts” while signing the projects irrespective of genre. “Honestly, I did not come on board for Super 30 because of the social message. I did it because it’s a great script. My father always says that if you want to give a message to the society, you make a documentary, don’t make films. If you make a film, it has to be entertaining. I am not going to do a film only because it is a biopic on a great man. I am going to do a film if it’s an entertaining script, that’s it! Those are the kind of stories I am looking forward to,” he said.

Hrithik Roshan during an interaction with fans and the media, accompanied by educationist and mathematician Anand Kumar who began the Super 30 programme, in Patna, Bihar.
Hrithik Roshan during an interaction with fans and the media, accompanied by educationist and mathematician Anand Kumar who began the Super 30 programme, in Patna, Bihar. ( Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO )

With Super 30, Hrithik continues maintaining his charm at the box-office. The film raked in over Rs 146 cr in India. Bollywood’s Greek God, however, claims that does not give much heed to box-office numbers. “Box office numbers do hold some level of importance as it is a direct indication of people watching your film, but I don’t choose my scripts keeping in mind whether or not it will cross Rs 100 crore or not. It is important that the film connects with the masses and entertains them. Crossing the 100 crore-mark is only the cherry on top of the cake.”

Hrithik Roshan waves at fans outside a Mumbai cinema hall on July 13.
Hrithik Roshan waves at fans outside a Mumbai cinema hall on July 13. ( IANS )

For Hrithik, it is experimentation that matters the most. “I have always tried experimenting with characters I play. Whether it is Rohit in Koi Mil Gaya, Rohan in Kaabil, Ethan in Guzaarish or Anand Kumar in Super 30. I have been drawn to different characters. I feel more encouraged and empowered as an actor now. I am thoroughly enjoying the process. I have to work hard to achieve what I want to, even today. There is a constant effort from my side to become better at what I do and to deliver what is expected out of me,” he added.

After portraying a de-glam look in the biopic of Patna based maths teacher Anand Kumar in Super 30, Hrithik will be seen in an high-octane action avatar in War, which is scheduled to release in October.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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First Published: Aug 25, 2019 13:56 IST