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Hrithik Roshan
Also known as: Hrithik Rakesh Nagrath
Actor • Special Appearances • Assistant Director
Born: January 10, 1974 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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One of the most prominent Bollywood personalities of his generation, Hrithik Roshan is an actor, television host, singer, and dancer. Roshan began his career as a child artist and his debut in a lead role came in 2000, in his father Rakesh Roshan`s romantic thriller Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, which earned the actor two Filmfare Awards and catapulted him to fame. Often referred to as the `Greek God of Bollywood` for his impressive physique, the actor continues to be one of Bollywood`s most notable figures and has won numerous awards and recognitions over the years.

A sensational dancer himself, Hrithik Roshan served as a judge on the hit reality TV show Just Dance. In 2011, a life-size wax statue of the superstar was erected at the Madame Tussaud`s Wax Museum, London, making Roshan the fifth Indian actor to earn that honor.

Early Life
Hrithik Roshan was born on 10th January 1974, in Mumbai, to Rakesh and Pinky Roshan. He studied at the Bombay Scottish School in Mahim, where he claims his stammering problem caused him a great deal of trauma. He often faked sicknesses to avoid going to school but slowly practiced his speech and grew in confidence. The third generation superstar attended Sydenham College and earned a bachelor of commerce degree, before he rejected a scholarship to study in the USA, in order to pursue his film career.

Personal Life
Hrithik Roshan`s father Rakesh Roshan is a famous film director, and his mother Pinky Roshan is the daughter of J. Om Prakash, a notable director, and producer. Hrithik Roshan`s paternal grandfather, the late Roshanlal Nagrath, aka Roshan, was a music composer and his uncle Rajesh Roshan is a prominent music director.

In the year 2000, the superstar got married to his childhood sweetheart Sussanne Khan, an interior designer, who is the daughter of actor Sanjay Khan, and sister of actor Zayed Khan. Between 2006 and 2008, the couple had two sons, namely Hrehaan and Hridhaan. However, in late 2013, Hrithik Roshan announced that the two were getting divorced. Their separation was finalized in November 2014.

Acting Career
Hrithik Roshan began his acting career as a child artist in his grandfather J. Om Prakash`s movie Aasha when he was just 6 years of age. He was cast in several other movies, many of which were made by his father and grandfather. Hrithik Roshan claims that he was the "good luck charm" in their movies. In the 1990`s, Roshan assisted his father on numerous movies like Khel and Koyla, where he swept floors and even served tea to the cast members.

In early 2000, Hrithik Roshan burst onto the scene with his spectacular performance in Kaho Na... Pyaar Hai, his debut as a lead actor. Directed by his father Rakesh Roshan, the film saw the actor playing a double role and earning praise from audiences and critics alike. Hrithik Roshan became an overnight sensation and the term "Hrithikmania" was coined to describe the waves he sent across the country. His ability to act, perform stunts, dance, and his good looks, ensured that he raised the bar of acting standards in the Bollywood industry.

Roshan achieved substantial success for his following movies like Fiza and Mission Kashmir, even being nominated for a Filmfare Award for the latter. His next mega-success came with Karan Johar`s family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which went on to be one of Bollywood`s highest grossing movies of all time. Unfortunately for the actor, his next few movies like Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage, Mujhse Dosti Karoge, and Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon saw him going into a slump, with suspicion arising that his best days may have been behind him.

However, the superstar shot back to prominence with his family production Koi... Mil Gaya, where he plays a mentally challenged man who meets an alien on Earth. Hrithik Roshan won his first Filmfare Award since Kaho Na... Pyaar Hai and his performance went down as one of the most iconic ones in Bollywood history. The superstar followed it up with stellar performances in Lakshya, Krrish (a sequel to Koi... Mil Gaya), and Dhoom 2. Hrithik Roshan`s enactment of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in the movie Jodhaa Akbar cemented his legacy as one of India`s most versatile actors. His next few movies only did moderately well, but in November 2010, his performance opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Guzaarish earned him widespread praise. The following year, he starred in Zoya Akhtar`s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which instantly became a cult film, earning a whopping 33 Filmfare Awards.

After a commendable performance in 2012`s Agneepath, a remake of the 1990 movie Agneepath, Hrithik Roshan resumed working with his family production, starring in the high-budget Krrish 3, in 2013. Roshan was himself involved in multiple aspects of the film`s production and Krrish 3 went on to earn around 3 billion INR, making it one of Bollywood`s most successful films of all time. His only release of 2016 is the Ashutosh Gowarikar-directed Mohenjo Daro. His 2019 releases include Super 30 and War. His other projects include Vikram Vedha with Saif Ali Khan and Fighter with Deepika Padukone.
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Did You Know? (68)

  • For a scene in Jodhaa Akbar, Hrithik built up the camaraderie with the elephant by feeding her bananas for two months.
  • For a scene in Jodhaa Akbar, Hrithik built up the camaraderie with the elephant by feeding her bananas for two months.
  • Hrithik is an insatiable foodie as well as a total health nut. His discipline allows him to binge eat without suffering any effects.
  • When Facebook reached 1 billion active users, Hrithik was the only Indian celebrity to be featured in the appreciation video.
  • Hrithik Roshan loved extreme cycling and even participated in under-15 at the state level BMX championship.
  • Hrithik Roshan is ambidextrous.
  • Hrithik Roshan loves building structures with Lego blocks.
  • Hrithik Roshan was felicitated by the New Zealand government for increasing the tourist footfall in the country after Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai.
  • Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai has an entry in Limca Book of Records for the most awards won by a single film.
  • Hrithik Roshan is the first actor to receive awards for both Best Debut and Best Actor at all awards ceremonies.
  • Hrithik Roshan played a dubbing artist in Kaabil and carried all the voice mimicry himself. He dubbed in a total of 6 voices in the film.
  • Hrithik Roshan uses a different cologne for each character he plays and then never uses it again.
  • Hrithik Roshan is a registered eye donor.
  • Hrithik Roshan was selected as the face of Hong Kong tourism in 2004.
  • Hrithik Roshan is a certified sea diver.
  • Many Indian actors have attempted to play superheroes on-screen but Hrithik`s Krrish is the only one with a successful franchise.
  • Hrithik Roshan worked with South Indian Superstar Rajnikanth at the age of 10 in the film Bhagwan Dada.
  • Hrithik Roshan has been writing poetry in his spare time since he was the age of 11.
  • Hrithik Roshan had multiple disguises during Dhoom 2 and each disguise took around 6 hours to set up.
  • Hrithik Roshan has set up his own Foundation to aid paraplegic people. He also funds his staff`s children`s educational needs.
  • Two of Hrithik`s films have amusement park rides modeled after them - Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Krrish.
  • In his spare time, Hrithik Roshan is either working out, reading or doing absolutely nothing.
  • While filming Bang Bang, Hrithik suffered an injury due to which he had to undergo emergency brain surgery.
  • Hrithik Roshan is a Rubik`s cube aficionado. His personal record is Eight minutes.
  • Hrithik was the youngest Bollywood celeb to be featured at Madame Tussaud`s gallery in 2011.
  • Hrithik Roshan has played the most number of disabled characters in mainstream cinema.
  • At the premiere of Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), mass hysteria broke out and Hrithik was mobbed. The police had to escort him out of the cinema.
  • Hrithik worked on the sets of his father Rakesh Roshan which included sweeping the floor and serving tea, to learn the business from scratch.
  • At the age of 21, Hrithik was diagnosed with scoliosis and was told that he can`t dance but Hrithik fought hard and is now one of the fittest actors.
  • Hrithik Roshan has two thumbs on his right hand that are grown together.
  • Hrithik was catapulted overnight to instant superstardom with debut hit film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000).
  • Like Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Priyanka Chopra; Ram Charan also took classes from Kishore Namit Kapoor.
  • Hrithik Roshan underwent speech therapy to overcome a stammer. He inaugurated the Audiology and Speech Therapy department
  • Preity Zinta was supposed to debut in a Shekhar Kapur film, Tara Rum Pum Pum, opposite Hrithik Roshan but it got shelved
  • Hrithik Roshan has two thumbs on his right hand. It was used as a plot point in the movie Koi.... Mil Gaya.
  • With the first 100 INR he earned from appearing as a child actor in Aasha 1980, Hrithik Roshan bought 10 Hotwheels cars.
  • Ranveer Singh dressed up as Krrish as a part of a dare given to him by superstar Hrithik Roshan.
  • Hrithik Roshan was approached for Sid`s role in Dil Chahta Hai. It went to Abhishek Bachchan and finally Akshaye Khanna.
  • Akshaye Khanna was initially offered Akash in Dil Chahta Hai. After rejections, Farhan Akhtar asked Akshaye to play Sid.
  • On August 25 2001, Hrithik Roshan was awarded National Citizen`s Award in Delhi for services that affect national life.
  • Hrithik Roshan was the first choice but Farhan Akhtar was looking for a much-experienced actor to play Don.
  • The lead role in Swades was first offered to Hrithik Roshan but he declined as his image didn`t go with the character.
  • Facebook released a video to celebrate 1 billion active users and Hrithik Roshan was the only Indian who featured in it.
  • Bang Bang was first Indian film to portray flyboarding as a stunt. He got injured and had to undergo a brain surgery.
  • Hrithik Roshan was diagnosed with scoliosis, a spine issue, at 21. He also had a stammering issue but he overcame it.
  • Hrithik Roshan has the habit of documenting his daily life by taking pictures and adding them in scrapbooks.
  • Hrithik Roshan has been signed by the US-based Gersh Agency, which aims to introduce him to Hollywood filmmakers.
  • When Hrithik Roshan was 10 years old, he worked with Superstar Rajnikanth in the film Bhagwan Dada.
  • Honey Singh penned the lyrics of Dheere Dheere Se, a certain part of the song was written by his mother Bhupinder Kaur.
  • Hrithik Roshan's official surname is, in fact, Nagrath.
  • Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan gave up smoking by reading the book Easyway to Stop Smoking, by Allen Carr.
  • On Valentine's Day in the year 2000, Hrithik Roshan claims to have got around 30,000 marriage proposals from his fans.
  • Hrithik Roshan is a certified diver.
  • Hrithik is an insatiable foodie as well as a total health nut. His discipline allows him to binge eat without suffering any effects.
  • Many Indian actors have attempted to play superheroes on-screen but Hrithik`s Krrish is the only one with a successful franchise.
  • Hrithik Roshan had multiple disguises during Dhoom 2 and each disguise took around 6 hours to set up.
  • Hrithik Roshan worked with South Indian Superstar Rajnikanth when he was 10 in the film Bhagwan Dada.
  • Hrithik Roshan has been writing poetry in his spare time since he was the age of 11.
  • Hrithik is an insatiable foodie as well as a total health nut. His discipline allows him to binge eat without suffering any effects.
  • Hrithik is an insatiable foodie as well as a total health nut. His discipline allows him to binge eat without suffering any effects.
  • Hrithik Roshan is a registered eye donor.
  • Hrithik Roshan is widely regarded as the best dancer in Bollywood.
  • Hrithik Roshan is widely regarded as the best dancer in Bollywood.
  • Hrithik Roshan used the same pair of glasses to play Raj in Kaho Naa Pyar Hai and Rohit in Koi Mil Gaya.
  • Hrithik Roshan used the same pair of glasses to play Raj in Kaho Naa Pyar Hai and Rohit in Koi Mil Gaya.
  • Hrithik Roshan loves building structures with Lego blocks.
  • Hrithik Roshan used the same pair of glasses to play Raj in Kaho Naa Pyar Hai and Rohit in Koi Mil Gaya.
  • Hrithik Roshan used the same pair of glasses to play Raj in Kaho Naa Pyar Hai and Rohit in Koi Mil Gaya.
  • Personal Quotes (31)

  • "You have to continually dance with life. You have to enjoy the lows as well as the highs. Your life is not going to end on a successful note or a low note."
  • "Along with the frustrations, the struggles, it’s essential to have a perspective which allows you to deal with everything you have to go through."
  • "In my opinion, real competition is when you push others to excel and then compete with them. "
  • "Life has been unpredictable; it has been extremes at times. It has surprised, it has shocked, but that’s what makes a complete life. "
  • "It’s funny but I’ve always tried to harness my fears and use them as a source of motivation. "
  • "Don’t they say that fear gives you wings? It always does that to me. Fear works for me. I want to conquer it. "
  • "I have a very strong survival instinct and that has to do a lot with fear. "
  • "Fear of being nothing, a complete failure, is not acceptable to me. It drives a person like me to prove something to myself. I would say it is an inherent strength of my character. "
  • "There are a lot of unrealised dreams because I never stopped dreaming. One thing I know for a fact is, if I am able to dream them, they already exist inside me and it’s just a matter of time before they take shape. "
  • "Creativity should never be about the money. True, money is at the centre of our existence. But it is not all-important. There are other things which make life richer, which have nothing to do with money. "
  • "People always react to what they see. And they give according to what they see. If they see a hungry man, they will give him food, if they see a poor man, they will give him money, if they see an angry man, they will shun him and if they see a promising man, they will give him opportunities. That’s human instinct. "
  • "One of my 5 most wanted desires is a chance to introduce myself to God. I wonder how I would do it! "
  • "I believe God exists because He gives me signs. You can call it a coincidence but I consider them signs. I am not superstitious but I keep looking for signs. And at those times when I have asked for a sign with all my heart, I have usually got it. That could because of the child inside me. It’s fun to believe in these, so why stop? "
  • "When I see true love, in any relationship, I believe there is a God. Selfless, complete understanding, unconditional love – which does exist by the way! This kind of love makes me believe that there is something higher than what our minds are capable of understanding! "
  • "My message to everyone is love and peace, Life is too short to waste it. We could be helping build each others future, and our generations to come will be for ever indebted to us. So lets make the most of it and spread a song of love and happiness. "
  • "Investments are very important because you need to set aside some, because tomorrow is uncertain. You may not have what you have today. "
  • "If you, in the worst and most painful period, are actively giving it your best shot without harming anybody, things eventually will work out for you. "
  • "Be honest with yourself. You have to be brutally honest with yourself first, to be sure whether you have it in you to make it. "
  • "A smile is the biggest turn-on. "
  • "No matter what, the balance of life always gets maintained. The moment you get too much of something, something else is taken away. But what’s most important is that one should be happy with whatever one has got. "
  • "I can never wear the same shirt twice because it's always torn by the time I come home!"
  • "Life hits you hard. But it takes you three seconds to decide if you are a superhero or not."
  • "Life hits you hard. But it takes you three seconds to decide if you are a superhero or not."
  • "I make the best Spanish omelets in the world, but I won't tell you the recipe!"
  • "I am glad I have the intelligence to understand what is happening to me. If I allow myself to get affected by all this hype, I'll stunt my growth as an actor and be damned for life. I know that I still have a long way to go before I can even aspire to equal the achievements of any of the superstars. I know I am good at my job, and I am sure I will be damn good one day but right now, I also know how bad I can be."
  • "Defeat is that doubt in your head, the demon that feeds on your fear. It tells you “you are not good enough, that you can’t do it, that it’s not possible.” Succumbing to that demon, that thought, is defeat."
  • "If someone pretends not to recognize me, then he needs to get a life."
  • "I suffered with a speech problem, and it took me a long, long, long time. It's been the hardest kind of struggle for someone who wants to be an actor. But I got the help at the right time, and now, I'm here. So miracles do happen! I want to tell all the families out there, the children who are struggling and living without hope, to just believe enough- and look at me. You can change your life!"
  • "The whole idea of two people being one and loving as one is all wrong. You have to accept the other person as an individual and love each other as two individuals. Stand apart and love. Be unafraid to give and receive love as an individual."
  • "All I have is my spirit, and that’s my fuel to push myself beyond that limit of pain."
  • "The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is just your perspective!"
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