Mumbai, Sept. 20 -- For HT's film critic Anupama Chopra, hosting an interactive session for the show Masterclass - an innovative concept on her YouTube channel Film Companion - meant getting Hrithik Roshan to reflect on his career in the midst of an audience comprising film students (it will air on NDTV 24x7 on September 21, at 3 pm and 10 pm). The actor spoke passionately about the time when he had been written off, and how he dealt with the negativity.
Hrithik, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000) was a monster hit. It released on January 14, and a month later, on Valentine's Day, you received around 30,000 marriage proposals. But after mass hysteria, there was a twist in the tale. Your next few releases didn't do well. In 2002, one magazine story was titled 'Is Hrithik Roshan a one-trick pony?'. Another put you on the cover, which read 'Finished!'. It was not a question; they were declaring it. How did you process this? How do you go from being a superstar to a hasbeen in two years?
Man, I felt great that day. I remember seeing the blackand- white image on that cover and reading the word 'Finished!' It was amazing because someone was saying I can't do it, and that's exactly what I needed to feel charged up. I needed to feel like the underdog to be able to gain victory.
But it didn't break you in any way?
Not at all. My dad had prepared me for something like this. He used the negative vehicle to empower me, and at that point of time, it was what I needed. I felt powerful, unstoppable and amazing that day.