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in Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Hrithik Rakesh Nagrath
5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
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Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor, born on 10th January 1974, well known globally for his versatile roles, unmatchable dancing skills and attractive looks.
After having appeared in films as a child actor in the 1980s, Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000) for which he earned Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Male Debut. It was not just a new actor on the block, but a star was born. He became a romantic hero, an action hero and revolutionized the Hindi film industry in significant ways. Never before had any debutant become an overnight sensation of this kind.
After his debut film, he appeared in Karan Johar’s family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001), which received immense love not just in India but even overseas.
In 2003, Hrithik Roshan, who is often described as “India’s Most Complete Actor” stunned everyone and proved once again that it is not just the uber-flattering looks that he brings to the table. This was when he flawlessly essayed the role of an intellectually disabled boy in Koi… Mil Gaya. Not only did the film set the cash registers ringing massively, but Roshan also bagged multiple awards for his acting prowess in the film, including the Filmfare Best Actor award.
The makers turned it into a franchise because of the huge commercial success and love that the film received. The next installment, Krrish (2006) saw Hrithik Roshan playing a superhero, which went on to become the first ever-successful Indian superhero in Indian cinema.
Roshan received his 3rd Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance as an enigmatic master thief in the action film Dhoom 2, with which he redefined style and action and set new bars. He established himself as a major action star. He took stylized action to a whole new level with Bang Bang in 2014, which did massive business at the box office.
In 2012, he created history in Indian cinema when his film, Agneepath minted a whopping 25 crs only on its opening day. That is the star power and pull of Hrithik Roshan.
We also saw him portray the role of the Moghul emperor, Akbar the Great himself in Jodhaa Akbar (2008) for which he received immense critical acclaim and also an International award at a Film festival.
In 2011, Roshan was seen in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which became an absolute cult classic.
Before becoming an actor, Hrithik toiled as a largely uncredited assistant on film projects, gradually progressing from unglamorous tasks such as set-sweeping, tea-fetching, or clapper-loading up to a major role in story development, camera, direction, and editing.
Since his entry into the industry, Hrithik has parlayed the natural gift of symmetrical features and a tall athletic frame into unimaginable standards. Through unparalleled work ethic, sheer honesty, talent, and commitment as an actor, he also effectively redefined the Hindi film hero. Actors would now have to act and dance and fight for themselves like never before.
With the kind of roles Hrithik has played on screen, there is no doubt about his acting prowess and versatility. From playing a intellectually disabled boy in Koi… Mil Gaya (2003) to an emperor in Jodhaa Akbar (2008); from playing a quadriplegic in Guzaarish (2010) to a visually impaired man in his more recent film, Kaabil (2017), he has played diverse characters effortlessly with his sheer talent.
Hrithik, a hot favorite for award show performances because of his smooth dance moves, high energy, and immense charm has won 66 awards out of 84 nominations, having a win rate of an outstanding 79%. Hrithik has also won many Style and Glamour awards for his appearances and red carpet outings. He was in fact voted as the ‘Most Handsome Actor in the World’ in 2018 by worldstopmost.com
Hrithik married his childhood sweetheart and longtime girlfriend, successful interior designer and businesswoman Sussanne Khan in December 2000. They have two sons: Hrehaan, born in 2006, and Hridaan, born in 2008. While the two got divorced in 2014, they chose to maintain cordial relations with each other for their kids and even today are good friends.
Often described as India’s ‘most complete actor’, Hrithik Roshan is the culmination of old Hindi film industry from both sides of his pedigree.
His maternal grandfather – director-producer _J. Om Prakash_ – first introduced little Hrithik onscreen at age 6 by slyly having his crew shoot without the boy’s knowledge as he danced on the set of Aasha (1980) while visiting grandpa. J. Om Prakash later gave young Hrithik his only actual speaking role as a child, directing him in the key role of Rajnikanth’s adopted son in Bhagwaan Dada (1986).
Paternal grandfather Roshan Lal Nagrath – the original “Roshan” – was a gifted classical musician and famous composer who as music director in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s helped define the emerging Bollywood film song. He died before Hrithik was born. But even Hrithik’s grandmother – variously credited as “Ira Nagrath” and “Ira Roshan” – is herself a musician-composer who completed her husband’s films at Roshan’s death and continued for many years as assistant music director on her son’s projects – Hrithik’s uncle, multiple Filmfare Award winning composer Rajesh Roshan.
Hrithik’s father – Rakesh Roshan – entered the film industry as an assistant to J. Om Prakash before shifting to actor, a successful leading man in such films as Khubsoorat (1980). Rakesh later organised the family film company, FilmKraft Productions (India) Pvt. Ltd., first as producer and later director.
Meanwhile Hrithik graduated from Mumbai’s prestigious Bombay Scottish School and took a Bachelor of Commerce degree first class from Sydenham College. He turned down a UCLA master’s degree scholarship to enter films. To learn the craft of film from the ground up, from Khel (1992) through Koyla (1997) Hrithik toiled as a largely uncredited assistant on the family’s film projects, gradually progressing from such unglamorous tasks as set-sweeping, tea-fetching, or clapper-loading up to a major role in story development, camera, direction, and editing. All the while Hrithik studied acting, dance, martial arts, and even bodybuilding (having always been hopelessly thin) to prepare himself to become a film actor Hrithik Roshan Biography.
14 January 2000: Hrithik Roshan’s resultant debut film, Kaho Naa … Pyaar Hai, not only firmly established Hrithik as dramatic hero, romantic hero, and action hero, but actually revolutionised the Hindi film industry in significant ways.
Through unparalleled work ethic and sheer honesty, talent, and commitment as an actor, Hrithik has parlayed the natural gift of symmetrical features and a tall athletic frame into hitherto unimaginable standards. He effectively redefined the Hindi film hero. Short, fat, ugly guys no longer need apply. Likewise, actors with limited dramatic range, or those lacking commitment to work. Lead actors would now have to act and dance and fight for themselves as never before. Existing stars either adapted to the new standard, as Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan did, or went into decline, such as Govinda.
In the years since Kaho Naa … Pyaar Hai Hrithik has never looked back, always continually pushing himself in new directions. Thus he has achieved critical, commercial, and award-winning success with roles as diverse as a charming but brain-damaged child-adult, Koi … Mil Gaya (2003), an enigmatic master thief, Dhoom 2 (2006), a quadriplegic, Guzaarish (2010), India’s first film superhero, Krrish (2006), and even the moghul emperor Akbar the Great himself, Jodhaa Akbar (2008).
Hrithik married his childhood sweetheart and longtime girlfriend, successful interior designer and businesswoman Sussanne Khan (herself from a Hindi film clan), in December 2000. They have two sons: Hrehaan, born 2006, and Hridaan, born 2008.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: seattlescrnwrtr
(20 December 2000 – 1 November 2014) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Was catapulted overnight to instant superstardom with debut hit film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000).
Has two thumbs on his right hand that are grown together.
Prepared himself extensively for his screen debut, taking acting, singing, dancing, fencing, riding etc. lessons for years. He also worked hard on his diction and physical appearance (strenuous workout routines).
Fought hard to overcome a stammering problem.
Worked for many years on the sets of his father Rakesh Roshan in various functions, including sweeping the floor and serving tea to the stars, to learn the business from scratch.
On January 14 2000 Hrithik Roshan entered a cinema to attend the premiere of his first film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000). When he came in some people recognised him but not much happened. When the film was over there was a stampede and mass hysteria broke out. He got mobbed. The police had to come and escort him out of the cinema and away from a crowd of thousands. It was the first day of Hrithikmania in India, which held the country in its grip for many months to come.
Came in on number 9 on a Bollywood power list released in December 2003, and on number 4 among actors (behind Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan).
Grandmother Ira Nagrath was a music director in films.
Hrithik has the honour of being an insatiable foodie as well as a complete health nut. The discipline he keeps himself under results in him being able to binge eat without suffering any effects. However, he was a very fussy eater in childhood. His refusal to eat meant many moments of exasperation for his father.
He has played the most number of disabled characters in mainstream commercial cinema and done so successfully.
When his statue was created at Madame Tussaud’s gallery in 2011, he was the youngest Bollywood celeb to be featured there.
He’s a Rubik’s cube aficionado – his personal record is 8 minutes.
Hrithik is a huge superhero fan – and while he admires Batman and Ironman, his favorite hero is Superman.
Many Indian actors have attempted to play superheroes on screen but Hrithik’s Krrish is the only which was successful and spawned its own franchise.
Bang Bang was the first Indian film to introduce the sport of flyboarding as a stunt. However, in the process of executing this stunt, Hrithik suffered an injury which led to a subdural haematoma. It wasn’t caught in the initial CT scan and thus the blood continued to build up within the cerebral membranes and kept putting pressure on his brain. Finally, after two months of acute headaches, another check was carried out. This exposed the clot, and necessitated emergency brain surgery.
In his spare time, he is either working out, reading or his personal favorite – doing absolutely nothing.
Two of his films have amusement park rides modeled after them – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Krrish. For the Krrish ride in Dubai, Hrithik was personally involved in the concept development until the final stages.
Hrithik is a regular contributor to various charities and has even set up his own Foundation to help with the finances of paraplegic people since Guzaarish. He also takes care of the educational needs of the children of his staff.
He had multiple disguises during Dhoom 2. Each disguise took around 6 hours to set up.
He worked with South Indian Superstar Rajnikanth at the age of 10 in the film ‘Bhagwan Dada’.
Hrithik has been writing poetry in his spare time since childhood. He wrote his first poem at the age of 11.
He is a certified sea diver.
A stunt gone wrong during the shoot of Krrish in Singapore was almost catastrophic. He was suspended from the side of a skyscraper with cables when they snapped and sent him hurtling down towards the pavement almost eighty feet below. Thankfully he fell on the canopy of a shop which was put up just minutes earlier due to rain.
He is a registered eye donor.
He was selected as the face of Hong Kong tourism in 2004 to leverage on his appeal and the high number of visitors from India.
He is widely regarded as the best dancer in Bollywood. His signature moves in songs like Ek Pal Ka Jeena, Dhoom Again and Bang Bang have become cult classics. He has also experimented with many different dance styles including hip-hop for Kites, contemporary for Guzaarish and salsa for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara.
The sense of smell is supposed to act as the most powerful memory trigger. Hrithik uses this in a unique way. He uses a different cologne for each character he plays and then never uses it again. So if he has to draw upon the memories of playing a particular character, the specific cologne helps him focus.
The highest number of views any video featuring Hrithik has received is the music video ‘Dheere Dheere’. It was created in collaboration with the music label T-Series and has over 200 million views.
Hrithik played a dubbing artist in Kaabil and carried all the voice mimicry himself. He dubbed in a total of 6 voices in the film.
The character of Raj in Kaho Na Pyar Hai and the character of Rohit in Koi Mil Gaya were diametrically opposite. Yet the most visible accessory for both these characters – the glasses – were the same pair.
Like many other young children, he was obsessed with action figures and toy models of cars. He would get so involved in his own world while playing that he would lose track of time. One day his entire family was in an uproar as he couldn’t be found anywhere. After hours of fruitless searching and on the brink of calling the police, his parents found him sitting on the floor underneath the bed, playing with his figures and completely oblivious to the chaos outside.
At the age of 21, he was diagnosed with scoliosis and was told that he would never be able to dance. He was also told that he would never be able to do all the things a Bollywood hero was required to do. To top it, he had a stammering problem. But Hrithik fought hard. He overcame his stammering problem with regular speech therapy, read up on all material he could find on scoliosis and finally built up his physique and stamina to the extent that he was considered to be one of the fittest actors around by the time of his debut.
His looks get him worldwide attention – he was in the Top 5 in a worldwide poll on ‘Most Handsome Faces’. He’s also won the ‘Sexiest Asian Man’ title three times in a row, as well as the title of ‘Sexiest Father’.
He is the only actor to have received the awards for both Best Debut and Best Actor at all awards ceremonies.
He represented ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’ as part of the ‘Global Goals for Sustainable Development’ campaign by United Nations.
The success of Kaho Na Pyaar Hai made New Zealand, the setting of the second half of the movie, a major tourist destination. He was felicitated by the New Zealand government for increasing the tourist footfall in the country.
Kaho Na Pyaar Hai has an entry in Limca Book of Records for the most awards won by a single film.
He was passionate about extreme cycling. He even participated in the state level BMX championship at the under-15 level. His mom surprised him by showing up for the competition even though nobody in his family knew about him participating.
When Facebook reached the milestone of 1 billion active users, the company released a video commemorating the fact. Hrithik was the only Indian featured in that video.
As a young child, he was fascinated with the way gravity changed the trajectory of objects falling from a height. Unfortunately the way he used to observe this effect was by throwing empty beer bottles down from the building terrace on to unsuspecting passerby’s. Needless to say they weren’t happy at all. And neither was his father.
When a crucial scene in Jodhaa Akbar needed him to perform alongside an elephant, he built up the camaraderie with her by feeding her bananas daily for close to two months.
He loves building structures with Lego blocks.
He is ambidextrous.
Starred in Raj Kanwar’s shelved film in 2000. Starring Jackie Shroff,Hrithik Roshan,Kareena Kapoor. The film was cancelled when Kareena walked out if the film.
Starred in the shelved film “Dil Ne Kaha” (2000) Starring Hrithik Roshan,Aishwarya Rai, Directed by Tanuja Chandra. Aishwarya was to play the role of a nurse and Hrithik a soldier. It was a war based film.
In 1999, Hrithik Roshan signed the film Humko Tumse Pyaar Hain. The film starred Bobby Deol,Hrithik Roshan,Kareena Kapoor. Later Arjun Rampal and Amisha Patel replaced them.
In 2000, Hrithik Roshan was signed by Venus and Sujit Kumar for a film that was to be directed by Abbas Mustan. The film was shelved for unknown reasons.
In 2000,Smita Thackaray signed David Dhawan and Hrithik Roshan for a film. It was called off for unknown reasons.