Hrithik Roshan’s Inspirational Journey from Dance Floors to Box Office Hits

Hrithik Roshan

Decoding Hrithik Roshan’s Success Story From Struggles to Stardom

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor. He works in Hindi cinema. He has played various characters & he is known for his dancing skills. He is one of the highest paid actors in India. He has received many awards including six Filmfair awards, four of them are for best actor.

From 2012, he has appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 several times. It is based on his income & popularity. Frequently, he has collaborated with his father, Rakesh Roshan.

In many films he had acted as child actor also. From 1980s he worked as an assistant director on four of his father’s movies. In 2000, his first leading role was in Kaho Naa… Pyar Hai. Later he appeared in Fiza and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham co-starring Amitabh Bachchan.

In 2003, he acted in Koi… Mil Gaya, for that he received Filmfair Awards. Later he appeared in Krrish & Krrish 3. Later he acted in Dhoom 2, Jodhaa Aknar, Guzaarish, Zindgi Na Milegi Dobara, Kaabil, War etc. He has also performed on stage. In 2011, he debuted on television with the dance reality shoe Just Dance. He is involved in many humanitarian causes.

Early life and background

Hrithik Roshan was born on 10th January 1974 in Mumbai to the Roshan family. His father, film director Rakesh Roshan, is the son of music director Roshanlal Nagrath; his mother, Pinkie is the daughter of producer and director J. Om Prakash.

His uncle, Rajesh, is a music composer. Roshan has an older sister named Sunaina.  He was educated at the Bombay Scottish School.  As Roshan belongs to a Hindu family, though he considers himself more spiritual than religious.

Hrithik Roshan felt isolated as a child; he was born with an extra thumb fused to the one on his right hand, which led some of his peers to avoid him. He has stammered since the age of six; this caused him problems at school, and he feigned injury and illness to avoid oral tests.

He was helped by daily speech therapy. In 1980, he was on screen at the age of six in the movie Aashna.

He made uncredited appearances in various family film projects, including his father’s production Aap Ke Deewane. In Prakash’s Aas Paas, he appeared in the song “Shehar Main Charcha Hai”.

His only speaking role during this period came when he was 12; he was seen as Govinda, the title character’s adopted son, in Prakash’s Bhagwaan Dada. In his early 20s, he was diagnosed with scoliosis that would not allow him to dance or perform stunts. Initially devastated, he eventually decided to become an actor anyway.

He assisted his father on four films—Khudgarz, King Uncle, Karan Arjun and Koyla—while also sweeping the floor and making tea for the crew. While he assisted his father, he studied acting under Kishore Namit Kapoor.

Personal life of Hrithik Roshan

On 20 December 2000, Hrithik Roshan married Sussanne Khan in a private ceremony in Bangalore. Despite their religious difference—Roshan is a Hindu and Khan is a Muslim—Roshan says that he equally valued her beliefs. The couple has two sons, Hrehaan and Hridhaan. Roshan and Sussanne separated in December 2013 and their divorce was finalised in November 2014. Both maintained that they parted amicably.

In 2016 filed a lawsuit against Krrish 3 co-star Kangana Ranaut for cyber stalking and harassment. Owing to a lack of evidence, the Mumbai Police closed the case later that year.

As of 2023, Hrithik Roshan is dating actress Saba Azad. Roshan had considered quitting the film industry after two assailants fired bullets at his father in 2000.

Film career of Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan was scheduled to make debut in Tara Rum Pum with Preity Zinta, but he made his debut in Kaho Naa… Pyaae Hai against Ameesha Patel. He played double roles in that movie.

With global revenues of ₹800 million (US$10 million), Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai became one of the highest-grossing Indian films of 2000. For the role, Roshan received Best Male Debut and Best Actor Awards at the annual Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards and Zee Cine Awards.

He became the first actor to win both Filmfare Best Debut and Best Actor awards the same year. The film established Roshan as a prominent actor in Bollywood.

Later he acted in Fiza, co-starring Karishma Kapoor & Jaya Bachchan. His performance earned him a second nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare ceremony. He next appeared in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s action drama Mission Kashmir alongside Sanjay Dutt, Preity Zinta, and Jackie Shroff.

In 2001, he acted in Yaadein & Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… finished as India’s highest-grossing film of the year and among the most successful Bollywood films in the overseas market, earning ₹1.36 billion (US$17 million) worldwide.

Hrithik Roshan received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. In 2002, he appeared in Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage with Ameesha Patel. In the same year he did Na Tum Jaano Na Hum with Saif Ali Khan & Esha Deol.

Last in the same year he acted in Mujhse Dosti Karoge! With Rani Mukerji & Kareena Kapoor. He also acted in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon with Abhishek Bachchan & Kareena Kapoor.

In 2003, Hrithik Roshan appeared in Koi… Mil Gaya along with Preity Zinta. Koi… Mil Gaya was one of the most popular Bollywood films of the year, earning ₹823.3 million (US$10 million) worldwide and Roshan won both Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Actor (Critics).

Later in the year 2004, he collaborated with Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta in Lakshya. He also featured in the item number “Main Aisa Kyun Hoon” (choreographed by Prabhu Deva) which proved popular with audiences. For the film, Roshan earned Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare and Zee Cine ceremony.

Hrithik Roshan was not seen on screen again until 2006, with three new releases.  Later, he co-starred with Naseeruddin Shah and Priyanka Chopra in his father’s superhero production Krrish. Krrish became the third-highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2006 with a worldwide revenue of ₹1.26 billion (US$16 million).

It garnered him Best Actor awards at the 2007 Screen and the International Indian Film Academy Awards. In 2006, for his role as an enigmatic master thief in Dhoom Roshan won his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

In 2008, Hrithik Roshan was cast Jodhaa Akbar opposite Aishwarya Rai. Roshan’s performance earned him his fourth Filmfare Best Actor Award. He ended 2008 with an appearance in the popular item number “Krazzy 4” from the film of same name.

In 2011, Hrithik Roshan appeared in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara alongside Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar. The film grossed ₹1.53 billion (US$19 million) worldwide and became Roshan’s first commercial success in three years. Later that year, he made a special appearance in Don 2.

In 2012, he appeared in Agneepath alongside Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra. The film broke Bollywood’s highest opening-day earnings record, and had a worldwide gross of ₹1.93 billion (US$24 million).

Roshan appeared in the third instalment of the Krrish film series—Krrish 3 in 2013 which also starred Priyanka Chopra, Vivek Oberoi and Kangana Ranaut. Krrish 3 grossed ₹3.93 billion (US$49 million) worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. Roshan received a fourth and fifth consecutive Filmfare nomination for his performances in Krrish 3.  

Hrithik Roshan played the role of a farmer in 2016 BC who travels to Mohenjo-daro in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro. In 2019, he appeared in biographical film Super 30.  Roshan’s next release was three years later in Vikram Vedha in 2022.

Other work

Hrithik Roshan has performed on stage, appeared on television, and launched a clothing line. His first tour was Live in Concert in 2002 with Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Aftab Shivdasani was successful in the United States and Canada.

At the end of that year, he danced on stage with Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji and Shah Rukh Khan at Kings Park Stadium in Durban, South Africa in the show Now or Never. In 2011, Hrithik Roshan served as a judge alongside Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant for the dance competition reality show, Just Dance. In November 2013, Roshan launched his clothing line, the casual wear brand HRx.

Hrithik Roshan actively supports the Dilkhush Special School for mentally challenged children in Mumbai. In 2008, he donated ₹2 million (US$25,000) to the Nanavati Hospital for the treatment of stammering children. In 2013, he took part in a festivity at Ghatkopar, whose proceeds went to an NGO supporting tribal girls suffering from malnutrition and starvation.

Alongside other Bollywood stars, Roshan played a football match for charity organised by Aamir Khan’s daughter, Ira, in 2014. Later that year, Hrithik Roshan became the Indian brand ambassador for UNICEF and the Global Goals Campaign’s World’s Largest Lesson that aims to educate children in over 100 countries about the Sustainable Development Goals.

Following his debut film, he signed on for endorsement deals with Coca-Cola, Tamarind and Hero Honda, all for three years. As of 2010, he is celebrity endorser for such brands and products as Provogue, Parle Hide and Seek, Reliance Communications and Hero Honda and recently Roshan has completed six years with Rado.  In 2017, Roshan was signed as the brand ambassador of a Health and wellness startup

Artistry and media image

As the son of the filmmaker Rakesh, Roshan faced the media spotlight from a young age. He is particularly known for his professionalism. Roshan has established himself as a sex symbol and a style icon in India. In 2006, Hrithik Roshan was one of the four Bollywood actors, along with Priyanka Chopra, Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan, whose miniature dolls were launched in the United Kingdom, under the name of “Bollywood Legends”.

Hrithik Roshan topped The Times of India’s listing of 50 Most Desirable Men in 2010 and ranked among the top five for the next five years. A life-size, wax figure of him was installed at London’s Madame Tussauds museum in January 2011, making him the fifth Indian actor to have been replicated as a wax statue there.

Versions of the statue were installed at Madame Tussauds’ museums in New York, Washington and other cities in the world.

Hrithik Roshan is among Bollywood’s highest-paid actors. In 2001. he was named the second most powerful Indian film star by Forbes. In 2007, he ranked fourth in Filmfare Power. At the 2009 FICCI-IIFA Awards, Roshan was one of the ten recipients of the most powerful Bollywood entertainers of the 2000s.

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