The Greek god of Hindi films needs no introduction. He has captivated us with his looks, is arguably the best dancer in Bollywood and backs his charm with good acting. It's Hrithik Roshan we are talking about. On his birthday, HT lists out some of his best performances.
Koi Mil Gaya
Arguably his best performance so far, Hrithik Roshan's plays a mentally challenged young man in this film. With child-like innocence and mannerisms, this is certainly among the very best. As a man-child struggling with his daily life, Hrithik breathes vulnerability and strength in equal measure to come up with a wonderful performance. The film's innocent fun is its tour de force and Hrithik revels in it as its central pillar.
Ask an army man about Bollywood's representation of the armed forces and watch him smirk in disdain. Barring an odd Haqeeqat, Hindi films fail badly in weaving credible tales of the armed forces. Not Lakshya. Painstakingly researched, authentically shown, Hrithik Roshan's Lakshya is a very solid film. And undoubtedly Hrithik's act, first, as a man struggling to find his moorings, and then, the determination and moral ambivalence of the character are very well brought out.
Kaho Naa Pyar Hai
A romantic hero who could dance like a dream - well, that phenomenon happened with the release of Kaho Naa Pyar Hai, Rakesh Roshan's launch pad for his son, Hrithik. The film was a smash hit with girls swooning over his gorgeous looks even as he danced his way to people's hearts.
A historical romance, the film was far removed from contemporary culture with clothes, get-up and mannerisms of a world gone by. It wouldn't have made its way to the box office had it not been for the honesty Hrithik Roshan brought to his portrayal of Emperor Akbar. His crackling chemistry with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan too would become the talking point of the film.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
As a banker in tearing a hurry to mint money who ends up discovering love, friendship and more, Hrithik Roshan was effortlessly convincing in Zoya Akhtar's bromance. Bollywood got yet another gorgeous looking pair with Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, which would again get repeated in Bang Bang.
Reprising a role made legendary by Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan brought his own special touch to the angst of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. His longing for his mother's affection, his raging desire to avenge his father's death and his ultimate nihilism at the end ensured that people were hooked onto the tale throughout.