Why Hrithik Roshan Survived In Hindi Films While Others Who Debuted With Him Failed
The turn of the millennium was a huge moment for everyone. It signified the ushering of the new, and the recycling of the old. This spirit was typified, even in Bollywood- where the year 2000 was the year of change. Because in January of that year, Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai happened to us.
Sure, now when we look back at the film, we can nitpick a lot of issues, in the screenplay, editing, and even the performances. But at the time, Kaho Naa... was the epitome of awesome. The songs were a rage, the film was a bonafide blockbuster, and it gave us Hrithik Roshan.
Ah, Hrithik. The blue eyes, the Greek God bod, the smooth dance- all of it combined to make him the complete package. Everyone was in awe of the guy. Girls wanted to marry him, guys wanted to be him.
He maintained his stardom, through the years, with a steady stream of hits, to offset a few failures. His performances were appreciated in Fiza, Mission Kashmir, and Koi Mil Gaya. He was a true star- and he was here to stay.
However, he wasn’t alone. Around the same time, Abhishek Bachchan, Fardeen Khan, Tusshar Kapoor, Uday Chopra, Dino Morea, and Vivek Oberoi also made their splash in Bollywood. In fact, when Vivek Oberoi impressed in his first film, Company, with many touted him to become a bigger star than Hrithik, who wasn’t having the best of runs at the time.
But sooner or later, all of these guys faded away into the background. It didn’t help that most of them were below par actors. But you think of the 90s, and then you compare it with 2000s, and you can see the stark difference the two decades had in terms of star power. If the 90s gave us Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Dutt (most of whom are still ruling the roost), the 2000s gave us only Hrithik, Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh (who made their debuts in 2007 and 2010 respectively). To an extent, even Shahid Kapoor can be considered a success who debuted in the 2000s, but his number of flops far outweighs his hits.
Hrithik Roshan is the clear winner of all the guys who debuted in late 90s to early 2000s- the torchbearer of a generation now almost obsolete.
With his hard work, his acting chops, and his choosiness in picking movies, Hrithik has carved a niche for himself in the industry. Sure, he’s still not as safe a bet on the Box Office, as an Aamir Khan is, but Hrithik can certainly ensure that 15 crore opening weekend- which, if the film is well liked, can result in a 100 crore film.
Hrithik has stood his ground, against never ending controversies, and an ever changing industry. He, truly, is a survivor.
We a DailySocial would like to wish Hrithik Roshan a splendid 44th birthday and hope he continues to improve his craft and survive in the cut-throat world of Hindi films.
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