Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan is statuesque and all muscle when his shirt is off. At a recent press conference in The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, the only giveaway of his excellent physique was his bulging arms under his casual hoodie.
But this macho physique has also been whipped by injuries.
“My body is broken. I have all kinds of problems. I even have a hole in my head,” the popular movie star said in reference to a brain surgery he had a few months ago to remove a blood clot.
He was in Singapore with his director father Rakesh Roshan to promote the superhero movie ‘Krrish 3’. The Deepavali blockbuster started screening 1 November in Singapore in line with a worldwide release.
Hrithik confessed that the movie almost did not get made because of his health problems. “In fact before we started, I had a double slipped disc in my back, and all the doctors had refused (to let) me (do) anything pertaining to action, even a slight jog,” he recalled.
Everything was set up and they were about to start filming. “That was the day when my dad came to my room and said, 'I am not going to make this film. You rest for eight months, and we’ll see when we’ll make this film after a year or two'."
Hrithik was still determined to start working sooner than later. "Humpty Dumpty had to be put together again. Two months later, I found a way,” he said of how he did "research" and "used whatever resources I had" to bounce back.
His superhero character ended up motivating him and he practically willed himself to shoot the movie regardless, addng that after filming action sequences for 85 days, "I felt like an 18-year-old".
“I have been so inspired by my journey with Krrish, that I wear his symbol,” he said, flashing his black wristband with the "K" symbol on it. “I feel unstoppable, I feel unbreakable,” he declared.
The first two movies in the series, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ and ‘Krrish’ drew huge turnouts at the box office. All three movies were directed by Rakesh Roshan.
Singapore has special meaning to the series. Several scenes in the second movie, ‘Krrish’ were shot in the city.
Hrithik said: “The first time that I ever donned the cape of Krrish and the mask, it was with the people here. The first buildings that Krrish jumped across were the buildings of Singapore, so my attachment with Singapore has been a part of the journey of Krrish.”
In this latest edition, Krrish battles mutants, played by Vivek Oberoi and Kangana Ranaut. Priyanka Chopra returns as the superhero's love interest, Priya.
Priyanka Chopra plays Krrish's love interest in the film.
Unlike superhero action movies that are based on comic books or animated television series, Krrish works the other way.
Rakesh said: "We’re making films, and then animation films and then comic books.”
An animated series, 'Kid Krrish', was launched with Cartoon Network recently.
When asked what set Krrish apart from other superheroes, Hrithik said the go-gooder "has values and culture embedded in his DNA".
"As Indians, we are musical people. We love to sing and dance. We hold values of family very, very high. That is what makes Krrish more vulnerable, more identifiable," he said. "I believe that there’s a Krrish in all of us."
In Bollywood, you get superhero movies with song-and-dance sequences. The song 'Raghupati Raghav' from 'Krrish 3'.
Watch the trailer:
‘Krrish 3’ is now showing at Golden Village cinemas