HRITHIK ROSHAN'S BIOGRAPHY
September 3, 2006 11:34am CST
One of the top adored actors, Hrithik's first movie role was as a child artist when he was six years old in the 1980 movie Aasha, where he played an extra as a dancing boy. He then appeared in Aap Ki Deewane in the same year. However his best remembered performance as a child star was in Bhagwan Dada, with Sridevi and Rajnikanth in 1986. Many years later he worked behind the camera, supporting his director father in films such as Karan Arjun and Koyla. While he was working on the movie Karan Arjun, the film's lead, Salman Khan, urged Hrithik to try his hand at acting. It is said that Salman gave Hrithik lessons in body-building and acting. Hrithik achieved fame when he debuted in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai opposite debutante starlet Amisha Patel in 2000. The film was directed by his father and catapaulted him to the top of Bollywood with Hrithik-mania. It was the highest grossing film of 2000 and winner of the Filmfare Best Movie Award. Hrithik's performance earned him the Filmfare Best Debut Award and the Filmfare Best Actor Award. That year, Hrithik also starred in Fiza and Mission Kashmir. Though they were not as successful in the box office, both were highly acclaimed by critics. Hrithik was nominated for Best Actor in Fiza and Mission Kashmir was nominated for Best Film at Filmfare. In 2001, Hrithik appeared in two films. Yaadein was his first critical/commercial flop. But Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was a massive hit due to its ensemble cast which included Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan. Despite the all-star cast, Hrithik came away with the best reviews (along with Kajol). Hrithik had a tough year in 2002. All three of his releases were box office failures, including the much-hyped Na Tum Jaano Na Hum and Mujhse Dosti Karoge!. The actor made a major comeback in 2003. Koi Mil Gaya, Hrithik's first film directed by his father since his debut, was the highest grosser of the year. The film won every major award for Best Film and Hrithik was awarded with his second Filmfare Best Actor Award. The actor had only one release in 2004, in a highly lauded performance in Lakshya, directed by good friend Farhan Akhtar. Lakshya did not do as well at the box office as expected but Hrithik's performance was critically acclaimed. Hrithik took a two-year break from acting before resurfacing with Krrish  which released in June 2006. The movie, which is the sequel to his 2003 hit Koi... Mil Gaya, also stars Priyanka Chopra and Naseeruddin Shah and is once again directed by his father Rakesh Roshan. At the box office, Krrish has also been hugely successful. Like many other actors, Hrithik tours in Bollywood stage shows. His first stage appearance was at the Lux Zee Cine Awards in 2001. Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2 (2006)He is currently filming for Dhoom 2, a sequel to the 2004 hit Dhoom in which he plays a villain role for the first time. The film is due for release in November 2006.