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Hrithik's improving: Roshan

Rakesh Roshan?s labour of love, Koi Mil Gaya, a Rs 40-crore sci-fi musical, readies for the release on August 8.

india Updated: May 27, 2008 16:10 IST
Somashukla Sinha Walunjkar
Somashukla Sinha Walunjkar

Rakesh Roshan has spent a small fortune to restore the king’s crown for his son Hrithik. Roshan Sr.’s labour of love Koi Mil Gaya, a Rs 40-crore science-fiction musical, readies for release on August 8.

Roshan, who started scripting KMG six months after Kaho... Naa Pyar Hai was declared a superhit, called son Hrithik in Canada where he was shooting and narrated the script at midnight. Hrithik, naturally, was the first choice for the film and Rakesh’s brother Rajesh was roped in to compose music.

"It was a ghar ka mamla for us.The three of us sat together and decided the storyline, the characterisation and the sounds. I took time to create the alien, a studio in Australia made him and every six months I’d fly over to see the alien in the film. We spent some time scouting locations and zeroed in on Nainital and Banff, Calgary," recalls Roshan.

For Roshan, KMG is a gamble, because the hero isn’t your average flamboyant superman who can kick butt or romance the heroine, but is a 21-year-old autist. "If producer-directors like me don't dare to try different things, then who will? There is a risk factor, the audience may reject a hero who's not macho but I am open to criticism. KMG is a a first-of-its-kind film different from the run-of-the-mill romances that usually crowd movie theatres," says Roshan.

Roshan is full of praise for his son. Considering that Hrithik went to great pains to get his look right for the role, you can’t fault papa Roshan for saying, "Hrithik is growing rapidly as an actor. He works with a lot of sincerity and honesty. And he takes himself very seriously. KMG should certainly be an important film in his career."

Roshan's optimistic about his audience as well. "Let’s not underestimate the audience. They are ready for good films and filmmakers should try to break free from the formula and make films that add a new dimension to our film industry."

Well, we hope the audience, too, endorses Rakesh Roshan’s perception and accepts this celluloid experiment with warmth.

First Published: Aug 02, 2003 12:22 IST