Hrithik's dilemma: Gowariker or Bhansali?
Post the success of Koi Mil Gaya, Hrithik Roshan is seeing good times ahead, having already signed on two big projects — Krrish and Dhoom 2. Now, Roshan has two more projects in hand with celebrated directors, but the catch lies in the fact that he can choose only one.
While Ashutosh Gowariker wants Hrithik to play Akbar in Akbar-Jodha, Sanjay Leela Bhansali wants him as the male lead in his next film, Alipur. Both Bhansali and Gowariker want to kick off their projects in
March 2006, putting Hrithik in a quandary.
Akbar-Jodha is a historical movie based on Emperor Akbar and Jodhabai, while Alipur is a love story set in the 1940s. Sources say Roshan liked Akbar-Jodha so much that he immediately said yes. Others say Hrithik has fallen for Alipur as well, saying yes to Bhansali too.
Though the Alipur offer came after Akbar-Jodha, Hrithik is more inclined towards Alipur, and there is every possibility that he will choose Bhansali over Gowariker.
When contacted, Gowariker refused to elaborate. “Nothing is fixed about whether Hrithik is doing my film or not.”
And Bhansali was not forthcoming at all. Clearly shocked by the fact that the cat was out of the bag, he quipped, “It’s early days. I don’t wish to talk about this.”
Hrithik is presently shooting with Rekha and Priyanka Chopra in Manali for his home production Krissh (a sequel to Koi Mil Gaya). Repeated calls to his mobile were picked by his Man Friday, who said the actor was busy in a long meeting with his father.
Finally, Hrithik’s secretary Ashok Vasodia offered, “Let me give you the run-down. Hrithik is busy with Krrish till December 2005. As for Dhoom, that will be done by March 2006.”
But what about Gowariker’s flick? “Hrithik is coming back to Mumbai on May 1. He is yet to speak about the money aspect with Gowariker. Only then will he take a call on Akbar-Jodha,” Vasodia said.
And what about the clash between Gowariker and Bhansali? “I spoke to Hrithik in Manali. There is no clash between Gowariker and Bhansali. Post Koi Mil Gaya, the whole industry wants to sign Hrithik. Why single out Bhansali’?” Vasodia averred.
It may be recalled that Roshan refused Swades, after which Gowariker signed on SRK for the lead. According to reliable sources, a little before Hrithik verbally committed to him, Gowariker was also in talks with Salman Khan to play Akbar’s role. Will Hrithik choose Bhansali’s Alipur, once again putting down Gowariker?