'Too big' Krrish 2 worries dad Roshan!

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By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, Aug. 5 -- Krrish 2 goes on the floors in November. Action director Tony Ching Sui Tung has flown down from Hong Kong and is spending six hours a day with the Roshans, Rakesh and Hrithik, brainstorming on the stunts. The producer-director and his actor-son will soon sit with SFX supervisors to design the visual effects. "We're planning something that's never been attempted on the Indian screen before. If we can pull it off, it will be phenomenal," says Hrithik.

He admits, however, that his dad wakes up every morning, saying, "Maybe I shouldn't make this movie, it's just too big and difficult." Hrithik assures him that this is why they are making Krrish 2. He says, "The conversation lasts a minute but it takes place everyday."

The superhero sequel has already raised huge expectations and is fetching skyrocketing prices. The music rights went for R 6 crore and the satellite rights for R 38 crore, surpassing RA.One's R 35 crore sale. Bidding is expected to be high on the overseas rights too.

In the last decade, five of Hrithik's films - Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2001), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Koi.. Mil Gaya (2003), Dhoom 2 (2005) and Krrish (2006) have been in the top grosser list. The non-Khan has also cracked the market abroad.

His recent release, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD), is the year's biggest hit overseas, racing to the $5 million mark. In North America, with a flying start, it has taken the No. 10 spot.

The star is upbeat, "The overseas market is a hard one to crack because there's no guarantee that a film that works in India will do well there. So, it's heartening that five of my films (K3G, Dhoom 2 and 2008's Jodhaa Akbar, Kites and ZNMD) have conquered both markets. The breakthrough came with Dhoom 2. The statue at Madame Tussauds also got me a lot of attention and was symbolic of a decade-long journey that should inspire my sons to march ahead despite the hurdles."

Quiz him on entering the league of the Khans, who have ruled the overseas territory for the last 20 years, and he says, "I wouldn't want to lump Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman together as the 'Khans' because they are distinct individuals who've seen maximum failures, and yet, risen to great heights. We don't see ourselves as superheroes and walk around with crowns on our heads. We're just actors doing what we know best. The advantage is that being the last link in the chain, we get all the eyeballs and praise."