Hrithik Roshan, the name is enough. As a performer, he is one of those few artistes in Bollywood who have always tried to indulge soul in every character they play. His dancing skills too are unmatched, and surely the film industry is incomplete without it. His perfect and unmatched steps and flexibility literally makes everyone’s jaw drop. Talking about his personality, he has earned the title of Greek God of Bollywood and rightly so. With the killer looks he has, there’s no doubt that he can leave women of all age groups drooling over him. Indeed, Hrithik Roshan is someone who is a bundle of talent. And this shining talent of his was spotted by none other than his grandfather and veteran filmmaker J Om Prakash, in Hrithik’s childhood only.
The filmmaker was the first person to direct him in a prominent acting role, in his film ‘Bhagwaan Dada’ (1986), as a child actor. Though, Hrithik first made an small appearance on big screen in ‘Aap Ke Deewane’ (1980), ‘Bhagwaan Dada’ was the first film in which he actually had dialogues and went on to deliver an praiseworthy performance. Little Hrithik was playing the role of superstar Rajinikanth’s adopted son Govinda. The film directed by his grandfather J Om Prakash starred Hrithik’s father Rakesh Roshan (also the producer of the film), Sridevi and Danny Denzongpa in the lead roles. Recently, we stumbled upon an old interview of Hrithik Roshan where he recalled that how he landed up the role in ‘Bhagwaan Dada’. (Also Read: When Hrithik Roshan almost drowned while shooting for ‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai’)
On Karan Thapar’s show ‘Face to Face’, it was while having a conversation about his first major role in ‘Bhagwan Dada’, when the host asked him as to what did he remember about the movie, as he was just 10 at that time. To which, Hrithik replied saying, “Yeah! I was 11 I think, 11 or 10. I remember that, of course. It was fun. Actually, you know my grandfather (J Om Prakash) was directing the film and he was looking for a boy and they had found a boy to play that part and what happened was, when the schedule came closer, the boy fell sick. He fell sick with jaundice or something and now they were just left in the lurch that ‘we need a boy’ ‘we need a boy’ quick and I was sitting there in the hall while my grandfather was thinking, my dad was there and they were all contemplating ‘who, who, who?’ and my grandfather turned to me and says ‘why not, you know let’s ask him, he’ll do it’.”
Further, on being asked whether he was excited about doing it, he replied, “I was a kid. Yes, I was very excited at that time. I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was fun, the cameras, my dad does it. I was fascinated by the whole thing.”
He even went on to share that at that point of time as a kid he was just having fun and wasn’t serious at all. He never thought he would get into it. Though he always knew that he would be an actor one day, at that time he was just fascinated by the whole thing. And what started as a fascination grew into a passion, and after understanding the art Hrithik totally fell in love with it.
Today being Children’s Day, what better day to share this sweet incident of his childhood, which ultimately launched him on our screens, and further in our hearts.
Check out the full interview of Hrithik Roshan below: