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Hrithik's rise from ashes

In his latest avatar as a mentally slow boy in Koi... Mil Gaya Hrithik has performed with excellence.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2003 18:07 IST

'You can't keep talent down', they say. In Hrithik Roshan's case, who made a sensational debut in Kaho Naa...Pyar Hai, nothing would be more appropriate than the statement.

In his latest avatar as a mentally slow boy suffering from gliosis in Koi... Mil Gaya Roshan Jr. simply sweeps viewers off their feet with his power-packed performance. Deservedly, he delivers a hit this time -so what if the glory came in as late as after a series of super duds?

It isn't as if people are in a forgiving mood and raving about an actor's above average skills as an actor here. After all, the innumerable fans across the globe who raised a rank newcomer to a superstardom status did expect a decent run of his earlier releases, provided he came up with something as commendable as his first film.

In the absence of anything (even a patch that is)on the super success of KNPH, all those people who worshipped him as a demi-God threw him off the high pedestal overnight. But Koi... Mil Gaya not only helps him consolidate his position as a still dependable star in the Mumbai film firmament,it proves that a taut script with doesn't meander to include digressing sub plots, actually helps an actor concentrate on his performance.

But if the script is the real hero here, full marks to Roshan Jr. for using all his skills as an actor to enact a role which had all the possibilities for an actor to go over-the-top and ham.

In his attempt at being natural, Roshan Jr. hasn'ttaken any help from either psychologists or any school where patients of mentally ill reside. Neither has he seen any Hollywood film or Bollywood film for "inspiration." "I have not taken help from any outsides source but drew from my childhood experiences," he declared at a press meet before the film's release.

And what a marvel he is - essaying the character with utmost sensitivity to bring out the subtle childlike emotions, and never resorting to hysterics or affected behaviour. In fact, so endearing is Rohit'scharacterthat one instantaneously falls in love with him, empathizing with his helplessness at times or identifying with his joie de vivre at others, all the while getting completely immersed in his naïve pranks as he plays with children half his age.

Also, while watching him perform one also realizes the complete makeover that he has adopted for the role when towards the end of the film, he transforms into a 'normal' human being - acting, dancing and emoting befitting his age. Flexing his biceps, swaying to the beats in his inimitable style with gusto and doing all that a regular Hindi film 'hero' does with élan, he makes you wonder whether the earlier Rohit in the film is the same as him!

If children and elders alike, not to mention the die-hard critics are going ga ga over the film, it is undoubtedly because of the lead actor - and not just the novelty of a fresh storyline.

For all they carry home are two prominently showcased elements in the film - the alien Jadoo and Hrithik'sengaging and charming portrayal of Rohit!

I'm not an autist in the Koi... Mil Gaya: Hrithik

First Published: Aug 16, 2003 12:49 IST