Hrithik Roshan celebrates birthday - with song and dance

Mumbai, Jan 10 (IANS) Hrithik Roshan, who turned 35 Saturday, celebrated the occasion doing what he likes best: dancing - that too with Barbara Mori for a number choreographed by old friend Farah Khan.

Sighed Hrithik, "What more can I wish for? This birthday I can only wish for my wife Sussanne to be with me all my life. What else? I have everything else.

"So I don't need any other gifts except lots of love from everyone. The audience and fans have showered me with much more love than I deserve. A warm hug means more to me than anything that money can buy. I know my phone is going to be very busy on my birthday. That's the most special thing that happens on this day every year."

A special guest at Hrithik's birthday party was his "Kites" co-star, Mexican actress Barbara Mori.

While shooting a critical sequence in Santa Fe, Barbara made her shy co-star Hrithik discard his desi inhibitions to express love in one of its natural manifestations - the kiss.

After "Dhoom 2" and the absolutely aesthetic kiss with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik will be seen doing a number of lip-locks with Barbara in his next release, the much-anticipated "Kites".

When asked about it, Hrithik is amused.

"Why are we even talking about kissing? Is that such a big deal? Hasn't our cinema grown up? Yes, there're kissing scenes in the film. But nothing to make me squirm. In fact, I'd be more than happy and completely comfortable watching those kissing scenes with my wife, son and parents when the film is released."

On the need to look at lip-locking in Bollywood rationally Hrithik argues, "'Kites' is a love story. It's about people in love. And what do people in love do to express their mutual feelings? In fact, it was Barbara Mori who made me realise how silly we look on screen while shying away from expressing love naturally."

This happened while Hrithik and Barbara were shooting a tough and dangerous action sequence in Santa Fe.

"We were both supposed to jump off from a rooftop at an impossible height. Before we did so our director Anurag Basu suggested I kiss Barbara since we were doing something death-defying and dangerous and potentially lethal.

"I reached out and kissed her on the cheeks. Barbara turned around to ask why I had kissed her on the cheek. 'Given the same situation with your real-life wife Sussanne, would you kiss her on the cheek?'

"I was floored by her logic."

The take was repeated. "And this time I kissed her the way real-life couples would in the situation - on the lips," says Hrithik with matter-of-fact directness.

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