Happy Birthday Hrithik! 26 Reasons I Love You

Happy 43rd Birthday Hrithik!  This is an UPDATED post from last year, 26 for your age when you were launched.  And maybe this year I can resist posting that photo of you as a teenager with the Khans. (Spoiler: Most of my reasons are dances)

1.1. I love you because you were an industry brat on both sides, your maternal grandfather being a producer and your father being a failed actor-turned director

2. I love you because you made your unofficial “debut” at age 8, when you spontaneously started dancing while visiting your grandfather on set during a song sequence, and he turned the camera on you to capture it.

3. I love you because you made your official child debut just a few years later, playing a child’s role in one of your father’s films

4. I love you because you spent years preparing for your adult debut, including dance lessons, work outs with Salman, and waiting for your Dad to create the perfect film and your uncle to write the perfect songs, instead of just taking the first chance that came along.

5. I love you because your face is so perfect it looks fake

6. I love you because your hand is so imperfect it looks fake, and yet you have never been tempted to fix it.

7. I love you because you put your son in Bang Bang in the cutest Friendly Appearance ever! (He was the little boy in the bus who helps during the car chase)

8. I love you because you are the best dancer in India (non-Prabhudeva division) and in the world (non-Prabhudeva division)

9. I love you because every dance number you do is amazing, even the less famous ones.  Like this, from epic flop Aap Mujhe Lagna Laage.

10.  Or this, from Mission Kashmir, which did well but is not generally known for songs.  Plus, you are playing a terrorist, but for some reason your character is also an excellent dancer!

11.  Or this, from Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (terrible movie).  Not that much dancing, but the chemistry is off the charts (explaining the Kareena affair rumors)

12. And of course, she is also his Soniya.

13.  Although sometimes he prefers Rani.  And creates a massive multi-dancer show including perfectly recreating the original dance steps from dozens of different classic songs.  And then Blowing Your Mind by doing a song from one of his own films to end it all up.  In this universe, is there a famous actor Hrithik Roshan who happens to look just like the character in the film who is imitating his famous actor dance?

14.  You make me believe I can understand Spanish (and then I realize it is half Hindi).

15.  You aren’t afraid to use your body to get a woman.  And to make it the best part of the movie, and even the production house knows it.  Last year I was able to post a youtube video of the whole scene.  This year, although the other sword fights, the songs, and the love scenes are all still up on youtube, UTV has pulled every version of the sword practice.  Because they know it is the one thing that will get people to buy the movie if they can’t see it for free.

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16.  You did a cameo that makes no sense but is still delightful in Don 2

17.  This song, which still makes me smile so big my face hurts every time I see it, even though I have watched it at least a thousand times in the past year.

18.  Even in a bad movie, like your big release of last year, somehow your grace is almost enough to rescue the film.

19.  And while nothing could rescue Krrish 3 from being TERRIBLE, I appreciate that you had the business sense to trust your father’s judgement and make it, and sure enough, it turned out to be your biggest hit.

20.  I also love you for being one of the first young stars to slow down and do fewer films at a time.  A path Aamir was already on, but which the younger actors feared.

21.  I love you for being the first young star to truly challenge the Khan domination.  And ultimately prove that the industry had enough space for multiple stars in multiple films.

22. On a more personal note, I love you for bucking the accepted wisdom and marrying the woman you loved even as you hit your heart throb peak.

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23. I love you for being an involved and hands on father to your sons.

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24. I love you for working with your now ex-wife Suzanne to provide India with a vision of happy and respectful co-parenting post-divorce.

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25.  I love you for giving an epic emotional interview about one of the most interesting stories to come out of the Hindi film industry in years.

26.  And finally I love you the original, and still the best, Hrithik hit.

(PS Nope, can’t resist after all.  Sorry Hrithik, maybe I’ll manage to skip it next year!  Your arms are just so long and skinny!)




7 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Hrithik! 26 Reasons I Love You

  1. Posts about Hrithik make me a little sad. He’ll always be one of my first big favorites (and essentially the reason I started watching Hindi films) and I totally agree that he is handling his personal life the best that he can. However, as you know, I’m constantly lamenting his film choices, especially his loyalty to his father’s poor career advice and productions. Here’s hoping that his future films get back to the things we love about him displayed in some of his best films…his dancer’s grace and style, his cool sexiness, and his emotional vulnerability.


    • I have this vague hope that his personal issues, which are now on the way to resolution, were part of his terrible film choices. Certainly absolutely it seems to be way he didn’t sign anything after Kaabil, knowing this huge personal story was going to come out and would derail any film promotion he was doing.

      Anyway, he’s due for another resurgance! He had KHNPH in 200, then a bunch of films that didn’t quite work, and then he had Lakshya in 2004, Dhoom 2 in 2006, and Jodha Akbar in 2008, then horrible stuff for 3 years (excepting the Luck By Chance cameo), and then Agneepath, ZNMD, Krrish 3 (which I hated, but it was a pretty good Hrithik role), and Bang Bang. It’s been 3 years since bang bang, so if the pattern holds, he is done with horrible stuff again and ready for another career resurgence.

      On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 8:51 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. Happy Birthday Hrithik! My first big crush on a Bollywood actor. I remember watching the trailer of Kaho na pyaar hai and thinking here comes another star son (umm the year before was the disastrous much hyped debut of Fardeen Khan). I thought he was far less good looking than FK and didn’t stand a chance.(🤦🏽‍♀️) He’s going to “burn his fingers” is the phrase I thought (why do I remember this?)
    So then there was this coke ad of his that I loved. Then KNPH was huge, I saw it and was literally one of the millions of girls head over heels. I have never felt anything like that before or since. It’s embarrassing how I would cut out pictures from newspapers and magazines and paste it in a book. I was also very fond of suzzane. Ok I’ll stop this ridiculous fangirl drivel.
    He did Fiza and Mission Kashmir and my Love was solidified. Because it helped me survive the first bout of horrible movies. I didn’t miss any. Even watching aap mujhe ache lagne lage in the theatre. I was starting to get frustrated. Magazines were writing “Finished” as their headline for his articles. Then came koi mil gaya. I was relieved. He did well, I enjoyed the movie, the movie did well. Then of course there was one of my fav performances in Lakshya. Good times. Dhoom 2 which is my fav dhoom and a guilty pleasure to boot. Krish 2 which I loved for reasons unknown. Jodha Akbar which is a movie I loved and couldn’t understand why everybody else didn’t? 😂 I enjoyed that cameo in luck by chance.
    In the recent times ZNMD is the only movie I really liked. Was glad he took up a character that was so self centered and dislikable on the face of it.
    I just wish he’d do better movies though? I mean I want to see him in a good movie working with a good script, good directors and good actresses. Can we have that? Please? My Birthday wish is just that.


    • I just checked the rumor mill, and there are 4 films rumored that Hrithik might be doing next.

      A YRF film with Tiger Shroff, directed by Siddharth Anand. YRF is a good sign, they do high quality work always. Tiger Shroff is a terrible sign, although it will satisfy me by proving once and for all that Hrithik is the better dancer. Siddharth Anand is a great sign, I think Bang Bang was the perfect Hrithik role and a lot of that was the direction

      Krrish 4, to which I say NOOOOOOOOOOOO. Those movies get worse and worse with everyone, Krrish 3 was already pretty bad, I don’t even want to think what Krrish 4 will be like.

      Super 30, supposed Hrithik is playing Anand Kumar, the guy who started training camps for underprivileged kids to get into IIT. Which could be a disaster of a movie, or could be really interesting. The director is Vikas Bahl, who made Queen and Shaandar, so quite the range of film styles and I’m not sure where he would land. But I am hoping that he will go for something kind of understated, when Hrithik has the right director (Agneepath, Jodha-Akbar), he can be really effective while underplaying.

      Raykesh Omprakesh Mehra’s sports biopic. I am kind of sick of sports biopics, but I like Omprakesh Mehra. And Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was really well done, plus had great song sequences. Also, I have been waiting for someone to cast Hrithik as an athlete, he is so physical it seems like it would be obvious.

      On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 9:10 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • The Anand film with Tiger could be another Munna Michael, but I also trust that director and I haven’t completely closed the door to appreciating a Tiger film, but it’s only open a sliver…that guy creeps me out somehow and his idol love of Hrithik is one of those things that doesn’t help.

        Krrish 4 will be so bad…unless they do something interesting where he really loses his powers and starts to age, like Hugh Jackman in Logan…but that will never happen.

        The Super 30 movie has potential if his performance is understated, otherwise it could be incredibly cloying. I’m not a big Aamir fan but I did like that movie where he played a teacher, Taare Zameen something. He could pull off that kind of role but I’m not sure Hrithik doing math will be very convincing but Hrithik does not seem like the sharpest knife in the drawer in general.

        Yes, a sports biopic would be an interesting choice, but I am also very much over all biopics right now (except for the news that Vidya has the rights to an Indira Ghandi bio which would be a perfect project).


        • I think he could pull off Super 30. If it focuses less on “mathematical genius!” and more on “responsible person who made a difference”. I’m thinking like his Akbar performance, quietly dignified and hard to read. Or Shahrukh’s Chak De performance, where you were never quite sure exactly what his motivation was, but it was fascinating to watch.

          On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:06 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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