Romantic Bollywood Hero Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik Roshan born 10 January 1974) is an Indian film actor. Having appeared as a child actor in several
films throughout the 1980s, Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in
2000. His performance in the film earned him Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Male Debut. He
followed it with leading roles in Fiza and Mission Kashmir (both 2000) and a supporting part in the
blockbuster Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001), which was India's highest-grossing film in the
overseas market up to then.
Following through with several unnoticed performances from 2002 to 2003, he starred in the blockbusters
Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and its sequel Krrish (2006), both of which won him numerous Best Actor
awards. Roshan received his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in the
action film Dhoom 2, and his fourth for Jodhaa Akbar, for which he was also awarded at the Golden
Minbar International Film Festival. These accomplishments have established him as one of the leading
contemporary actors of Hindi cinema. He later received further acclaim for his work in Guzaarish (2010),
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Agneepath (2012), his biggest commercial success so far.
Roshan was born in Mumbai to a family of cinema personalities. His father, film director Rakesh Roshan,
is the son of music director Roshan, while his mother, Pinky, is the daughter of producer and director J.
Om Prakash. Hrithik has an elder sister, Sunaina. His uncle Rajesh Roshan is a famous music director. As
a child, Roshan attended the Bombay Scottish School. He later attended Sydenham College, where he
earned a bachelor's degree in Commerce.
During an interview he revealed that his childhood was traumatized because of stammering, a defect that
surfaced when he was around six years old and plagues him even today. "For oral tests at school, I used to
bunk school, I used to fall sick, I used to break my hand, I used to get a sprain" the actor said. He however
said that things improved for him gradually, after he started practicing speech therapies on a daily basis.
Roshan is married to Suzanne (Khan) Roshan, owner of Suzanne Roshan's House of Design and daughter
of actor Sanjay Khan. Hrithik got married to Suzanne on 20 December 2000. The couple have two sons,
Hrehaan, born in 2006 and Hridhaan born in 2008. Roshan has two thumbs on his right hand. Although it
is usually hidden in his films, it was shown in Koi... Mil Gaya, and was even used as a minor plot point,
as Jaadoo the alien was also designed to have two thumbs.
career / Biography
Roshan's first movie role was as a child artist when he was six years old in the 1980s movie Aasha, where
he appeared in a dance sequence as an extra. Roshan went on to play minor roles in Aap Ke Deewane
(1980) and Bhagwan Dada (1986) both of which starred his father Rakesh Roshan in the leading role. He
then became an assistant director assisting in the production of his father's films Karan Arjun (1995) and
In 2000, Roshan made his film debut as the leading man in the film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai opposite
another debutante actress Amisha Patel. The film, which was directed by his father and saw him playing a
double role, proved to be very successful at the box office and was declared a blockbuster, it also became
the highest grossing film of 2000 and winner of the Filmfare Best Movie Award. Roshan's performance
was well-received, and the film made him an overnight star. He eventually received both the Filmfare
Best Male Debut Award and the Filmfare Best Actor Award for the role. The film entered the Limca
Book of Records in 2003 for the most number of awards won by a Bollywood film – 102 awards.
Later that year, Roshan starred in Khalid Mohammed's Fiza. Although the film was average at the box
office, his performance was praised, earning him another nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare
ceremony. Taran Adarsh from indiaFM noted, "The mainstay of the film is undoubtedly Hrithik Roshan.
His body language, his diction, his expressions, his overall persona deserves great praise. With this film,
Hrithik proves that there is more to him than just being a fashionable rage, a Mills & Boon lover-boy and
a sex symbol. His talent comes to the fore in several scenes, especially those with Karisma. All said and
done, the show belongs to Hrithik, who saves Fiza to a major extent. A brilliant performance
Roshan's last release of the year, Mission Kashmir, became the third highest grossing film of the year. His
performance was once again acclaimed with one critic praising him, "Hrithik once again cuts a splendid
performance as a youngster sucked in the vortex of terrorism. He is portrayed as anti-government in the
early part of the film-- a bold role to play for even a seasoned actor, leave alone a budding superstar." All
these achievements promoted him as one of the biggest stars in the industry.
Subhash Ghai's Yaadein was his first release in 2001 and the first flop of his career. This was followed by
Karan Johar's melodramatic Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which did extremely well at the box office,
becoming the second-highest grossing film of 2001 and the biggest hit overseas. Roshan's performance
was well received and his performance earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at various
Roshan had an unsuccessful year in 2002 when all three of his releases – Mujhse Dosti Karoge!, Na Tum
Jaano Na Hum and Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage – failed to make an impact the box office and were
In 2003, he made a comeback with the science-fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya, which saw him playing a
mentally disabled young man. The film was the highest grosser of the year and won him many awards,
including his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor and his first Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.
Taran Adarsh noted, "Hrithik Roshan dominates the show and packs in a power-packed performance.
The role of a mentally challenged person is no cakewalk, but the actor takes to it like a fish takes to water.
He manages to pull off the zero to hero routine exceptionally well. As an actor, he scales dizzier heights
with this splendid performance."His performance was later included in the 2010 issue of the "Top 80
Iconic Performances" by Filmfare.
Farhan Akhtar's Lakshya was Roshan's only release in 2004; the film was critically acclaimed but was
average at the box office. His performance was praised by critics. and again, was included in the 2010
issue of the "Top 80 Iconic Performances" by Filmfare.
Roshan took a two-year break from acting before resurfacing with the superhero film Krrish opposite
Priyanka Chopra. A sequel to his 2003 film Koi... Mil Gaya, the film was a major box office success and
became the second highest grosser of 2006. His performance as a
superhero was praised, earning him many Best Actor awards at various award ceremon IndiaFM wrote,
"To state that Hrithik is the soul of Krrish would be an understatement. If the actor walked away with all
noteworthy awards in Koi... Mil Gaya, it's going to be an encore with Krrish. You cannot imagine any
other actor enacting the role of a gifted child with aplomb. If his mask and robe look is splendid, watch
his makeup, gait and mannerisms as the aged father and you had to agree, he's one of the finest talents on
the Indian screen today. Krrish is yet another ground-breaking film in his dazzling repertoire!"
His next film that year was Dhoom 2, a sequel to the 2004 Dhoom. Featured opposite Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan, Roshan's performance in the movie not only earned him widespread critical acclaim, but also
his third Filmfare Best Actor Award. The film went on to become the highest grossing film of 2006, as
well as one of the most successful films of Bollywood.
In 2008, Roshan featured in Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. He
played the historical role of Akbar the Great. The movie did very good business, both in India and abroad.
His performance in the movie was widely appreciated by critics, earning him his fourth Filmfare Best
Actor Award as well as his first international award for Best Actor at the Golden Minbar International
Film Festival in Kazan, Russia.
Roshan then appeared in Zoya Akhtar's Luck by Chance (2009), in which he made a guest appearance.
The following year, he was seen in Anurag Basu's Kites along with Mexican actress Bárbara Mori and
Kangna Ranaut. The film failed to do well at the box office after taking a huge start and was eventually
declared a flop. He next acted in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish opposite Aishwarya Rai. Upon
release, the film received overwhelmingly positive reviews and Roshan's portrayal of Ethan Mascarenhas,
a quadriplegic patient earned him several Best Actor nominations at various award ceremonies.
In July 2011, he appeared in Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara alongside Abhay Deol, Farhan
Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin. The film opened to positive reviews, and Roshan's portrayal was
praised. According to Rajeev Masand, "Hrithik Roshan once again brings real depth to his character with
a spectacular performance. He’s shy and restrained, then lets go with such fantastic intensity that you
make the inward journey with his character". The film was declared as "super-hit" in both in India and
Overseas. In the same year Roshan featured as a judge for the dance competition reality show, Just Dance
along with Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant. The show got the highest opening (a cumulative TRP of
4.7) for a reality show that year for which he was voted as the best TV host by a poll conducted by Ormax
Media. In 2012, he then appeared in Agneepath in which he reprise the role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan
opposite Priyanka Chopra. The film has taken a historic opening and has broken all opening-day records.
Besides acting, Roshan made his debut as a singer in Kites, and has also sung in the films Zindagi Na
Milegi Dobara and Guzaarish
A life-size wax figure was installed at London's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum on 20 January 2011,
making him the fifth Indian actor to have been replicated as a wax statue in the museum.
In 2012, Roshan started his TV career as a judge in a new TV series Just Dance. He has also danced in the
advert videos for the series.