Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan warns fans against obsession
Since he burst onto the big screen in 2000 with female viewers reportedly fainting at his presence, Hrithik Roshan has become one of Bollywood’s most bankable stars.
And the fan mail has not stopped flowing.
But ahead of his next big movie release, the earnest 40-year-old seems more concerned than flattered by the attention.
“I wish I could help them to understand that obsession and possession are not going to fill them up,” he told AFP at his expansive home in the Juhu suburb of Mumbai, India’s entertainment capital.
“They have to find ways to be independent and make something of their lives... I can’t provide them that long-term happiness.”
The heartthrob began life in the movies as an assistant to his father Rakesh Roshan, a former actor turned filmmaker, before his breakthrough debut as a leading man in “Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai” (Say It’s Love) 14 years ago.
Actor and star
“Finally you have an actor who is also a star,” said the magazine India Today after the unexpected blockbuster came out.
Young women literally went weak at the knees when Roshan came into the frame, with “near riots” breaking out among excited fans, author Suketu Mehta wrote in his 2004 non-fiction book on Mumbai, “Maximum City”.
Hrithik Roshan (left) and Katrina Kaif pose for a photograph during a promotional event for the forthcoming Hindi film 'Bang Bang!' in Mumbai on Wednesday.
His Bollywood success shows no signs of waning, with a dabble in Hollywood also on the cards.
He said: “I have some five to six offers all the time but I have not yet found the right script that will ignite me.”
With his light eyes and bulging muscles, Roshan has already won the attention of one Hollywood A-lister, “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart, who has said she would “love” to work with Roshan.
But he insists that there is “no good-looking face — there are only people who express beautifully and who look at the world in a beautiful way.”
“As long as I continue to do that, I can guarantee that I continue to be good-looking.”