Desi-Box.com caught up with bollywood hearthrob Hrithik Roshan to talk about his forthcoming film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
DB: Could you describe in your own words, the concept of the film and the themes presented to the audience?
Hrithik Roshan: It's a beautiful film project and a completely fresh offering in terms of Indian cinema. It's a gentle, humorous and extremely human road trip film which takes three male friends on the ultimate bachelor party trip across Barcelona. It ends up being a journey of self discovery for each of them in different ways and forces them to re-evaluate their lives.
DB: Can you relate to your character, Arjun, in how he is very ambitious and always aspired to have a better life despite the hard work he knew would be ahead of him?
Hrithik Roshan: Whatever role I undertake, I always like to think that I can relate to them in some capacity otherwise you wouldn't feel like you were playing something 'real'. I try to get into the psyche of my character and look deep at my own life to see where I can draw a connect. Arjun is highly determined and I like to think that this is in keeping with my philosophy that 'one should never give up'. However, his relationships suffer in his pursuit of success, whereas for me personally, family and relationships come above anything else.
DB: What was your favorite scene to film and why?
Hrithik Roshan: The tomato scene was fantastic fun with lots of distractions, pranks and a huge amount of laughing. We were so into it that we didn't even shoot it in takes but rather continuous rolling because of the electric atmosphere. That definitely was a highlight of mine and a festival I would recommend to anyone that is thinking of traveling to Spain.
DB: How does this film compare to the huge number of films you have acted in before?
Hrithik Roshan: I like to think that all my films are different especially when I take on a role. Not only are your co-stars always different which creates a completely different working atmosphere, but Zoya always has the knack of making something amazing and fresh in Indian cinema. I like to experiment in my film roles, and I like to think that I am always pushing my boundaries in the range of projects I undertake. If you want an uplifting feel good film that ultimately is a journey about self discovery, then this is for you. The locations and scenes are fantastic and I think everyone will be able to connect with the characters.
DB: You have received countless awards in the past, largely for your fantastic acting skills for example, the Filmfare Best Movie Award and the Filmfare Best Actor Award?
Hrithik Roshan: I can only do my best and I am 100 percent committed to each role and project I take on. Luckily for me, people received my acting in a positive way and I hope they continue to do so. I also think it is important to note that these awards wouldn't have been possible without the fantastic opportunities, fans, scripts, film crews, colleagues and the loving and ongoing support from my family.
DB: What do you think it takes to make a film stand out in Bollywood today and appeal to the audience, considering the huge number of topics and genres presented in the film industry?
Hrithik Roshan: I think as long as you can connect with an audience and have them relate to the circumstances, the films are a success. Should it be making them laugh, cry or get passionate about an issue - as soon as you can connect and move an audience I think you have a good grounding for success on your hands.
DB: Would you say Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is something audiences have never seen before, how does it stand out from your previous films?
Hrithik Roshan: It's a very human film and, as mentioned, Zoya is among the new generation of filmmakers that are really changing the landscape of Indian cinema. Her finesse and magic touch are inimitable, completely fresh and always explore exciting new filmic territory.
DB: You have described the director, Zoya Akhtar, as somebody that has the knack of presenting ordinary things in an extraordinary way. Would you say it's the films that initially appear the most simple, that are in fact the most creative and intriguing? Would you say this is the case with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara?
Hrithik Roshan: Zoya is an absolute pleasure to work with because she is a perfectionist and ever so talented. Her vision and approach to cinema is something that instantly is connectable with one's audience. I would say that it is the most simple scripts but crafted and realised with intelligence and originality that can lead to success and appreciation.
DB: Any last messages?
Hrithik Roshan: I would like to thank all of my fans out there for their ongoing love, support and affection that have put me here today. You are all amazing and your support means the world to my family and myself.
By Kiran Kaur