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The man, the meeting, the meaning: How I Met Hrithik Roshan at IIFA 2014

DuFan Sonja may be a relatively new entrant to the hallowed halls of his admirers, but that does not dim her fervour. To each of us, he signifies something different. Each of us draws a different kind of strength from this man we so admire. And each of us will have a different perspective on meeting him. This is one of them.

Early in 2013, I came across Jodhaa Akbar on Netflix and decided to give it a try. Growing up in the Caribbean, I never watched many Bollywood movies but I knew who Aishwarya Rai was. I didn’t know the male lead in the movie but was startled by his unbelievable good looks – the only other human being I had ever seen who was in my gorgeous Mum’s class of beauty! I decided to google him, and this is how I discovered Mr. Hrithik Roshan.

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I absolutely loved Jodhaa Akbar, and an Indian friend at work was only too happy that I was finally discovering the joy of Bollywood movies. She started sending me links to Hrithik’s YouTube interviews and performances, and as a birthday present gave me the DVD of a popular Hrithik movie, Zindagi na Milegi Dobara. I loved this movie too and was now hooked. I followed him on Twitter and from there I discovered a whole online world of HR fandom. I was never one to be bowled over by “celebrity” status, so I just stayed in the sidelines and quietly observed. I looked up his filmography and started working my way through his movies. Some movies I loved, others not so much, and some of them I still haven’t seen. But one common element remained – I started becoming less interested in the roles he played and more interested in learning about the human being behind the roles.

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From his Twitter persona as well as the interviews I continued to see on YouTube, I became more and more impressed. I enjoyed hearing the philosophies of life that he espoused. Here was someone who had overcome his own obstacles to achieve tremendous success, and who seemed determined to use that fame to impact people’s lives in a positive way. From my own perspective, his dedication to fitness certainly inspired me – I have become a huge fan of Kris Gethin’s killer workouts (his one-time trainer) and am in the process of becoming much fitter and healthier.

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In January 2014, he hosted a live shoppable hangout on Google Plus – scheduled to occur in the early morning hours here in the USA. I dutifully set my alarm, awakened at the appointed hour and logged in to the interview – after all, what was a loss of sleep compared to my first and probably only chance to see Hrithik do ANYTHING live! Little did I know that one month later, an announcement would come that he was going to perform at the IIFA awards in Tampa Bay. I got excited but at first my attendance didn’t seem likely –none of my friends or family were interested in joining me and I didn’t feel keen to go on my own to the show and to a city I didn’t know. I thought it over for all of one night. Fear of the unknown had never stopped me from doing anything before, so why should this be any different? I bought my ticket, made the travel arrangements, and waited excitedly but anxiously for April to arrive. When the time came, I nervously packed my bag and headed to Tampa solo.

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I was excited to be in the same city as he was and wondered if I could get a sighting of him in Tampa. I had seen pictures of the crowds outside his downtown hotel and knew that I would be uncomfortable with that kind of crush. I thought I would try instead to go earlier to the show and get a good spot to see his green carpet arrival, so I got ready and headed to the Stadium at 3pm. Clearly I had no previous experience of the dedication of Bollywood fans. When I got there, the crowd was already about one hundred strong, with some having arrived since 10.30am that morning! The sun was blazing down, there was no shade and it was HOT. I stood there for all of two minutes before heading back to the hotel. This was definitely not my kind of scene. I was not one to be “celebrity-struck” and I didn’t want an attempt at a fleeting, distant glance of Hrithik to spoil my enjoyment of the show itself. Perhaps I just wasn’t as devoted a fan as I thought I was.

At around 7pm I headed back to the Stadium. I made my way to the entrance to my section, only to meet crowds of people milling around – the gates had not yet been opened. I decided to take a walk to where the green carpet was located – if I had to wait around anyway, I might as well wait on the fringes of the excitement! I saw the green carpet in the distance and stopped alongside the road that led up to it. The people who were congregated there told me that the cars heading to the carpet would have to drive this way. The crowd was about 5 people deep and I casually took my place at the back, enjoying the excited atmosphere. I didn’t realize that, little by little, as people left or changed spots, I was getting pushed forward. Suddenly, in amazement, I saw the barrier in front of me and realized I was somehow now in a front position.

But in a front position to see what, exactly? As the big names started passing us in their cars, they hardly deigned to lower their windows, let alone alight from their vehicles (Vivek Oberoi and Priyanka Chopra being impressive exceptions). It started getting later and darker and I could see the stadium seats filling up in the distance. My family was sending me anxious texts asking if I was planning to go in soon, worried both about my safety in the dark and if someone would take my seat. Even the crowds around me started thinning as people headed into the stadium to await the start of the show. I decided to remain for a while longer and kept scanning the darkened windows that passed me for any sign of that classic profile that I knew I would recognize, but nothing.

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Then suddenly, the girl next to me whom I had befriended clutched me hard. About 10 feet away from us stood Hrithik Roshan. In his usual classy manner, he had unobtrusively alighted from his car and was making his way down my side of the road, quietly greeting fans and shaking hands. I made a conscious decision to put my iPhone away, determined to fully experience this very unexpected moment rather than trying to record it. Together with my new friend, I jumped up on the barrier and waited. Everything was incredibly silent and then, all of a sudden, he was in front of me. I remember a handsome face, light (but tired) eyes, a slightly bowed head and a little smile. He shook my hand and continued down the line. I recovered my senses in time to call out to him, “bless you”. He looked back, smiled and said “thank you”. I lost sight of him, sent some insanely excited texts to my family, and finally headed inside the stadium to await his performance.

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Seeing Hrithik Roshan in real was something I will never forget. As the award show would not be televised for a few months, I made an effort to take some videos that I could share with other HR fans around the world who were eagerly awaiting updates. I screamed my head off every time he came on stage, and thoroughly enjoyed his performances. But intensifying the enjoyment of all of that was the feeling that I had been well and truly blessed. Not by shaking Hrithik’s hand – despite the tendency of some to elevate him to God-like status, I see him as a human being no different to any of us in that he is on his life journey, having his experiences, meeting his challenges, facing his trials, and (in his own words) trying to “live the best life possible, come what may”. No, what I felt blessed by was the potent reminder of one of the core philosophies that has always guided me through the years on my own journey – that we have ALL the power within us to create whatever we want in our lives. To Hrithik Roshan I was undoubtedly just another faceless hand that he shook that day – but for me, universal forces aligned to give me an unexpected and delightful experience that I wanted but never thought would come my way. I may never get a chance to see him again, but on both a physical and a philosophical level, the joy of this experience will stay with me always.

Contributed by : Sonja (Twitter.com/Sonja_Tee)

 

Krrish 3 Press Conference in Dubai.

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Event: Krrish 3 Press Conference

Location: Oberoi Hotel, Dubai

Date: October 24, 2013

Special Thanks:  Bollyspice and Trupti

Press Handouts: The Farah Khan Fine Jewllery for Krrish 3 brochure with a CD and details on the merchandise, the event etc. Haven’t checked the CD provided, yet.

Accounts of press conferences are numerous and almost always hatched from the same mould. After, in how many different ways can you portray the same event?? Ah but our account of the Krrish 3 PC isn’t a press account. We aren’t glossing over the bad, or downplaying the good. And when you attend these things as a fan, the way you see things are bound to be different. So here’s the first example of a press conference from the POV of a Du fan – the good, the bad and the hilarious. :P

The contingent arrived at 2 pm and since even superheroes need time to get ready, the conference scheduled to begin at 3 got delayed by atleast 45 minutes. There was a lot of (very understandable) restlessness.

So in order to minimize the vocal dissent at the delay, performances were arranged. A troupe of dancers performed to all Hrithik songs, the music from KNPH to K3 were played and an audio visual comprising of the first trailer, the song promos and their making was played.

The host Pallavi from 1024 began by introducing the audience to the journey of the film, culminating in the entry of the K3 team to thunderous applause. The captain of the ship Rakesh Roshan entered first, followed by Priyanka, Kangana, Vivek and finally the superhero himself. Have to admit, each one of them looked STUNNING. It was rather amusing to hear the gasps from the press. One has to wonder, how they manage to keep their balance and objectivity in their press reports. Kudos to those who do. (Note: Our correspondent speaks from experience. Though she’ll never admit it, it was all she could do to not melt into a puddle.)

Press Interactions:

Note: All the responses/questions may not be verbatim. It’s from memory and partially from audio recorded by a friend).

Pallavi: Mr. Rakesh Roshan had a vision to make a superhero film like Krrish 3. First question to him is if he was discouraged by people advising him to not make a superhero film.

RR: I always had the vision to make a superhero film, so I started with KMG where Jadoo gave the powers to Krishna which led to Krrish. Since we don’t have a superhero culture it took me 1 and a half films to actually form a base, and then I could take it forward with Krrish 3. Now we have a superhero and supervillain. I have actors like Vivek, Kangana and Priyanka and I’m really proud of them. They have done a fantastic job in the film.

Press Q & A:

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There were far too many mikes (atleast 10) on the table near RR and none of them seemed to be working right. The moment they tried to fix one mike, all of them fell off. The team were in splits. The camaraderie and casual interaction between them was heartwarming to watch.

Question 1- To Priyanka- Which one of her dual roles between the good one and the evil one did she enjoy more?

PC:  Starts by apologizing to the press on behalf of the entire team for their tardiness and thanks them for their love and encouragement and hopes the same continues. Answer to the question- good is always great but bad is better.

Question 2- To Kangana-  She recently gave an interview where she said that sometimes actors do films just to survive. What was it about  Krrish 3 that made her do the film?

 Kangana: Good evening everyone. Krrish 3 is a film that is very very close to my heart. This is India’s first supergirl and it is very exciting to do something new and be a part of such a big franchise.

(Rather rude and strange for the journo to state in the beginning that since everyone else will be asking Hrithik and Priyanka all the questions, she’d ask Kangana. And then they wonder why she was irritated. She took it in her stride though.)

Question 3- To RR- Since childhood we have been watching your films and we love the niche of Indian cinema and when I look at Krrish 1, 2(?????),3  I don’t see any difference between Bollywood and Hollywood. So don’t you think we are in danger because well, we love the technology but what is the difference between Bollywood and Hollywood then? (Hrithik’s reaction needed framing. He went from complete disbelief to a quiet smile as his father responded to the question.) (Which means our correspondent lost the battle to not melt. That particular smile of his is one weapon she’s absolutely helpless against.)

RR: I have always made films where the content is always Indian. I may have made sci fi films but I have incorporated Indian values. I have a father, mother, grandmother, children everyone in it. So it is a very family oriented film. It’s not just a science fiction film as that wouldn’t work for our audiences.

Question 5:- *open question*- If you were to film any scene from the trilogy- Kmg, Krrish 2 (???) or Krrish 3 in Dubai because the architecture is really suited to superhero films, which one would you choose?

RR- I will tell you something. I am making Krrish 4, the whole film in Dubai. *loud cheers*

Question 5 - My question to all of you – how do you manage to look so awesome all the time? I really forgot what to ask you… *tries to get to her question*

Hrithik interrupts – First of all hi everyone (loud cheers again), it is such a pleasure to be in Dubai once again. This is a place where I spend most of my vacations. It’s one of my favourite places to be with my family and all our movies (points to RR and PC) incidentally have done well here. We love you guys (cheers again) and thank you for the love. (We’ll bet our most prized possessions she was grinning like a loon at this point.)

*to the lady who asked the question* So you asked us how do we look so awesome. I want to ask you what makes you so sweet? (AWWWWW!) (We repeat the sentiment hun!) And thank you for the compliment.

She continues: About the special effects of the movie, it’s been done in India…is that true? (Sigh! Reaally??? Again??)

Hrithik- Yes, absolutely. That was a decision my father took when we started off. He wanted to give India, the artists in our country a chance because we have the talent but no one gives them the opportunity. So this is our first full-fledged, home grown, Indian, high budget superhero musical extravaganza.

Question 6 – Hrithik my question is for you. Whenever your film is releasing most people expect good dancing from you. So when you start rehearsing do you feel a sense of competition from other good dancers such as Shahid and Ranbir?

Hrithik- Firstly when we talk about competition, I think it is really good and healthy. It is the only place where you can have other people push you to excel. So I look at it in a positive way, I applaud, I appreciate because that fills me up and gives me the drive to do even more and improve myself . So competition is a great thing.  And yes of course I enjoy dancing – dance is an expression and it’s not about how perfectly you do the steps…I think it’s more about expressing… it’s an expression… it’s a celebration… so if you are not showing it…if you are not enjoying it then it’s not going to show so yes I do enjoy it. I make sure that I enjoy it no matter how tough it is. (Don’t we love it when he talks about his dance that way?)

Question 7- To Hrithik- I’m covering the Pak-South Africa series in Dubai and a lot of your fans want to know if you will come and watch the series since you are in here. In return they will come and watch your film.

Hrithik- (Makes the most adorable face ever) Well then, I have to come.

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Question 8- Gagan Mudgal from 1024 to Vivek: Vivek, Krrish 3 is such a big film, a Diwali release with Hrithik Roshan directed by Rakesh Roshan but there is also a lot of excitement that we will see Vivek Oberoi in a negative role. Can we have a big round of applause for him? (the press cheers loudly for him). Alright Vivek, it’s a known fact that in all of Rakesh Roshan’s films be it Kishen Kanhaiyan, Koyla or KMG, the first half has a heavy dose of the villain. (Vivek laughs) So how much fun did you have while playing the role?

Vivek: Hello Dubai! Salaam to everybody ….how are you guys doing? Thank you thank you so much for all the warmth and the love and affection yaar…it’s always nice to come here, it’s always nice to see all this love. Yes yaar (looking at Gagan), it’s true that the villain’s role is very heavy in the film. Heavy because I’m wearing a 28 kg suit and fighting he superhero. So I was like a tin man wearing a metal suit and on ropes…doing err…or trying to do or trying to match with our favourite Roshan…Hrithik Roshan who is our favourite superhero in India and of course Dubai.  Trying to match up to him in the air…hanging some 30- 40 ft from ropes. It was a tough one but I love this role and I think every difficulty, every inconvenience , every tiring day was worth it every time you saw every single shot. So you felt that you were being a part of history, you were being the part of the greatest attempt, the biggest dream ever dreamt by Bollywood so I think that was a huge pt. (We LOVE their bromance and hope that Vivek’s comeback with this film is as strong as a superhero punch!)

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Question 9: The journo reminds Hrithik that a friend of hers had arranged for him to wish her on the phone in August (huge smile when Du recalls the incident) and that he had promised to give her a hug when he came down to Dubai next.

Hrithik immediately gets up from his seat to hug her.

Vivek: How many jealous girls in the audience right now??

*the girls screaming- everyone, that’s not fairrrrrr*

Hrithik thanks her…says she made his day because he was able to make her smile and it warms his heart when he can put a smile on someone’s face. (mellllttttt….)

*her question*- I heard about the Krrish band, I heard that it saved you and you wear it every time.

Hrithik and RR put up their hand showing the band.

RR: We all wear it.

*she continues* so can we hear something more about it, can you expand on it?

Hrithik: Well the Krrish band is more than just an accessory. It’s a symbol and according to me a symbol is more powerful than a movie or an actor or an individual. The symbol carries values which are associated with of course Krrish. But Krrish is not a part of the mask and the cape and the fact that he has these powers and he can fly around. Krrish to me is about his character – the values and codes that he lives by and it is one character that has made a huge impact on my life personally because right from the start of the film to the end I have suffered physical and mental agonies which could have broken me. But because I was so intimately involved with this character, was inside his head, it made me ask the right questions. Instead of asking why this is happening, I asked what a superhero would do. What would I do if I was a superhero right now. Starting from my double slip disc to my back, the doctors told my dad that you should not make this film and my dad even came to me and said that we will shelve the film and make it two years from now, you take rest. But I just knew that if it’s not made now it will never be made. Everything was ready and good to go so instead of asking why, I asked myself how. How can I make this work? What can I do to get over this? I could ask those questions because I was associating with Krrish and the answers came when I understood what resources I had. All of us in our lives, whenever we go through despair, we focus on what’s wrong. But if you just change your mindset and focus on what resources you have to change your environment, to change yourself then that’s when you will get those answers and tap into the power that we have within us. Since then till the time that I had my brain surgery, I have been completely associating myself with his values. I am an aspiring superhero within myself and I want to live that life. So I always wear this band because I want to remind myself that no matter what happens in life- one must always be in cause and never in effect and just to remind myself that I have the power that I need to change whatever I need to in my life. With courage, strength, and belief. Hope and always remember than life is less about you and more about people that are around you. Krrish is about contributing. He is there to help the world, to contribute to the world and these are all the values that I associate with this band.  So I guess now you got the entire lowdown on it (Laughs because he realised that he spoke for close to 7 minutes… without taking a break even for a second :P )

Question 10: Pallavi to Kangana-  A lot of  young girls look up to her for her fashion sense and that she looks very different and beautiful in the film and not like a regular bollywood diva.

Kangana: Well thanks to Mr. Roshan, he has given me a very challenging and beautiful role to play. I got to wear beautiful dresses as you have seen in the song, nice hairstyles, very fashionable. That’s what I love and I got to do it on screen. It’s very rare that you get to do what you love on screen and that too with such characters .

Question 11: Mr Rakesh Roshan, there is a compliment that came directly from my father to you. The song Sharmana Chod De Tu Ghabrana Chod De Tu from Khel Khel Mein – my father asked me to tell you that it’s the best song picturized on you.

RR: *blushes* Thank you thank you so much.

Hrithik: How sweet is that!

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*question to Hrithik* There is no doubt that you are an amazing actor and you have been giving us such extreme characters with your movies. Like the Mughal baadshah in Jodha Akbar then Agneepath and Guzaarish- what a movie! (We agree!!!! We vehemently agree!!!) then the Krrish trilogy. But what usually happens is when you do such intense roles, people are not able to accept you when you do a simple role. Do you feel like keeping a balance between the two?

Hrithik: Well you know I really can’t manipulate or calculate my instincts. Whenever somebody is in the realm of creation, you can only create something, what you are within. So I am a slave to my vision, to my instincts so whatever makes me want to do something I have to just go ahead and do it. Whether it is commercially viable or not, such kind of calculative thoughts should not ever enter your mind, I believe.

*press female* And it shows in your work

Hrithik- I …just..I love you. (laughs)

Pallavi-  End note thanking the press and wishing team K3 good luck.