Hithik's arrived. And how !The box office reports are here. Kaho Naa..Pyaar
Hai is the only sparkler this year amidst the swirling sea of mediocrity.And
what does the film boast of ?
Hrithik. Hrithik. Hrithik.
Consider this. A theatre in Delhi was running Hey!Ram in its regular
shows. During the interval, it chose to run the trailer of Kaho Naa..
Pyaar Hai. "Suddenly the hall - hitherto silent- was resounding
with oohs and aaahs, " says Aditya Khanna, exibitor. " I was
about to rush in and see if there was something amiss, when I was told
: Don't worry ! it's Hrithik," he adds.
Hrithik, with the light eyes, long face, bulging biceps, sinuous dance,
lithe figure and lost world charm. Yup ! Let's get this straight. What's
Hrithik got which the rest of the bratpack badshahs don't have ? "There
is this complete and absolute freshness about him which hasn't been
seen for long."says Tanuja Chandra,filmmaker.Chandra, who has cast
him against Ashwariya Rai in her next film- an adult love story - describes
him as an actor " who looks honest, who feels honest. Hence real.
There is a genuine quality about him which he is able to project on
screen too. He looks like somebody you can trust and have faith in -
that's his screen persona too," explains Tanuja.
Small wonder then, he has them all- kids,teeny-boopers,big brothers,
badi didis, aunts, uncles, middle aged matriarchs - roting for him in
surrounding cynicism. For, somewhere in his cute, clean clime. Aquality
which Amir Khan embodies in his screen personae too. But Aamir and Shahrukh
lack the brawn which Hrithik flaunts, enabling him to blend the hungry,
mean ,hunk look with the boy- next- door charisma.Salman's cute and
brawny too, and so can he dance. But Hrithik dances like a dream and
Salman's beefcake brawn is begnning to stale.And Sharukh's too edgy
at any point in the film,"as Khanna elucidates.
Nevertheless, it's too early for comparisons right now. "Sharukh
,Salman ,and Amir have proved themselves again and again Hrithik should
prove himself at least once more."say Khanna, while conceding he's
got at least one 'funda' right. He's selected right directors : Subhash
Ghai ,RajeevRai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. thereby assuring himself "
an insurance policy against bad films."
Hrithik is the new Entertainer with a bright future. Specially since
there are huge amounts of unexplored talent lying hidden in him. All
he needs is a good sculptor who could keep chipping into him to create
a piece of art."