Hrithik Roshan survives a 50-foot fall on the sets of Krrish
If a canopy hadn't come between him and certain death, Hrithik Roshan would have made for a funereal headline today. The near-fatal accident happened on Friday morning when the actor was shooting for his father Raakesh Roshan's 'Krrish' in Singapore.
An action shot of him dangling on a wire from a highrise was into its umpteenth retake when the wire, frayed at the edges with the strain, snapped. Hrithik went hurtling down—but to his good fortune, it was raining and canopies were out on the road.
"A canopy broke his fall," said Raakesh Roshan. "Otherwise it would've been fatal." A relieved Hrithik, who described the incident as "a freak accident", told TOI that no one was to blame. "I'm okay," he said. "God is great." The actor described how he was harnessed 50 feet above the Singapore streets and the wire snapped.
"I was skydiving to my death until I fell on a six-foot-long canopy of a shop that was out because of the slight drizzle. The canopy had iron rods. But I missed those rods too. What do I say? I guess the right word to describe the situation would be 'jadoo' (magic)."
Raakesh Roshan, who was ordering the shot from across the busy street in central Singapore, panicked when he saw his son fall and dashed across the busy street unmindful of the fast-moving traffic. "I almost got run over," he said. "I was so shaken, I just leaped across the road."
Hrithik was obviously in a daze. But he didn't need hospitalisation, and shooting resumed a little after the incident. 'Krrish', which is scheduled to hit theatres in June 2006, is inspired by the Hollywood hit 'Superman', which had the late Christopher Reeves in the lead.
The film, which is reported to have an action budget of Rs 15 crore, has internationally acclaimed action director Tony Ching ('House of Flying Daggers', 'Naked Weapon') helming the stunts.
Courtesy: Times Of India