Where is Hrithik Roshan?

Every time we think about who the superstar of today is or who is ruling Bollywood these days, a few names run through our minds. Abhishek Bachchan comes to mind first. Then, John Abraham with movies like Taxi No. 9211, the multi-starers Salaam-E-Ishq and Baabul in his pocket. After that, perhaps, Emraan Hashmi, who seems to be surviving amid the big-shots of Bollywood. But what is bothering is the absence of Hrithik Roshan in this list.
Despite proving himself in the past with hit films like Kaho Naa Pyar Hai and Koi Mil Gaya, his name doesn’t spark up as the obvious contender for the post of the ruling actor of today. Hrithik can easily be considered as an all-rounder of Bollywood. He knows how to act and this is clearly evident from his performances in Fiza, Koi Mil Gaya, Lakshya and some other films. He can dance exceptionally well and we know this because of his brilliant performance is songs like Ek Pal Ka Jeena, Main Aisa Kyun Hoon, Idhar Chala, It’s Magic. He can do a variety of roles, doing justice to each one of them. He can be Macho and soft, in the same film. He is hard-working and this shows from his excellent dance moves and a well worked-on body.

He is an actor of a lot of caliber. Then why isn’t he included in the brigade of the top stars of today? Well, one reason could be because he’s afraid to experiment. He has had a few flops in his acting career and after Lakshya he gave a statement that he will choose his future films very carefully and would do only selective movies. That’s a nice thing to do, but Hrithik is being a little too selective. Accepting failure would be a better thing to do that running away from it. Even though his films have flopped at the box-office, critics and reviewers have always applauded his performances. So, instead of hiding in a bill and being protected, he should come out and experiment more. We last saw him in 2004 and will next see him in 2006. A gap of two years is a big one, especially at a time when there are superb actors competing with one another.

If Hrithik would’ve continued to experiment with films that came his way after Lakshya (maybe not all of them, but some), he would most likely still be among the top actors today. But now, due the loss of his presence in the actual film industry, it’s difficult to see him as a leader of the industry, which certainly a lot of people want to see. It almost seems like he’s lost somewhere.

Hopefully, Hrithik’s fans and everyone who is fond of him, find him in 2006 and not only find him, but find him to be appealing and powerful. With his forthcoming performances in Krrish, Dhoom 2 and Jodha-Akbar, Hrithik should be able to restore his position as a superstar and the “next big thing.” But would that be possible with great actors like Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham in the film industry? Let’s wait and find out. Until then, good luck, Hrithik!