The times have been tough for Hrithik Roshan and his family. While his home life has been disrupted by his sister’s troubled life, and the shadow of the ‘K’ factor that continues to haunt him, Hrithik’s career has not been in the pink of health either. He has been making awful choices, some right ones too. And some where he got away by the scruff of his neck. His last film Kaabil didn’t exactly work its magic at the box office.
Last year’s biggest disaster, and the one films that ranks as the most colossal failure of Yashraj Films’ production, Thugs Of Hindostan was first offered to Hrithik. He wasn’t sure of the script. And he told producer Aditya Chopra what he felt. For example, he felt the heroine’s role was not fully fleshed. Rather than pay heed to it, Adi allegedly quickly sold the idea of Thugs Of Hindostan to Aamir Khan. Unfortunately for Aditya Chopra, the film was critically and commercially panned.
Hrithik got away from that one. But what about Mohenjo Daro, his second costume drama with director Ashutosh Gowariker after Jodha Akbar, and what a climb-down! In fact, Hrithik knew he had a made a mistake. Apparently, days before the film’s release, he had confessed to select journalists that the film would flop. But he stood by the director and the film. Sometimes, things go horribly off-track for a project. Who would think that Mohenjo Daro, Thugs Of Hindustan and Kalank would end up being among the biggest fiascos in recent times?
Hrithik’s last film Kaabil did reasonably well at the boxoffice. But in hindsight, it was way too gruesome and lurid for Hrithik’s young fans. Kids liked him in Kaho Na…Pyar Hai, Krissh, Koi Mil Gaya and even the extremely mediocre Bang Bang. Perhaps that’s why his latest film is so important. His fan base will love him Super 30. Hrithik’s physical transformation may not be as perfect as Taron Egerton’s Elton John act in Rocketman. But Hrithik goes beyond the physicality of Anand Kumar and touches the philanthropic mathematician’s soul.
Why does a man sacrifice his own happiness and comforts to look out for the underprivileged? What impels Anand Kumar to give his life to educating talented young students without a care in the world?
I think Hrithik knows the answer. This is his most honest performance to date, and one that will make his fans forget his recent feeble films. Super 30 is a strong film. It comes at a time when the actor needed to assert himself strongly against negative forces that seemed determined to bring him down. Here’s what Hrithik Roshan wants his fans to know. He is aware of the expectations. So let’s not get ‘Judgementall’ about his abilities.
Read the review of Super 30 here.