In 1972 Gulzar made Koshish, a film about a deaf and mute couple played by Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri, finding happiness with each other until death do they part. Likewise in Kaabil, Hrithik Roshan is a visually impaired man besotted by his wife Yami Gautam, also blind, until she is killed.
Sanjeev Kumar’s performance had fetched him the National award for best actor. Hrithik’s performance too is worthy of a National award. He baulks and blushes at the compliment. “My God that’s too much to even consider. When people say this is the first time in Indian cinema that a movie has depicted a love story between two blind people and that has never been done in the history of our industry, I feel elated.”
The box office figures are showing an upward trend. On Wednesday when Kaabil opened it displayed an increase of 40 percent box office collection from the morning shows to the evening.
As the enthusiastic encomiums pour in from all ends praising Hrithik Roshan’s performance to the skies, it becomes apparent that Kaabil is poised for a successful innings. Says Hrithik happily, “More than box office numbers it is the appreciation that overwhelms me. Like I tell my sons, the gold is not important, but running and giving it your very best is crucial and imperative. Not giving it your best is the failure. Today Kaabil my third baby is running at its very best!”
Giving his best shot to every film is important to Hrithik. “Doing good work is extremely important to me. I am proud of the appreciation we are receiving. Numbers will follow. I’ll do whatever it takes to make my films as. It’s my joy. My hard work makes me a better person. It always keeps me humble to my vision because the vision is always bigger and greater than me.”
As for Kaabil, being his best Hrithik asserts, “There is no best in creativity. It’s so subjective. There is only the goal to do full justice to the script and vision. If you ask me my favourite performances from my own repertoire I’d say, none. Whenever I look back at my favourite it turns out not as good as I thought. I keep desiring that one performance which will last as a favourite. None have so far. Maybe Rohan Bhatnagar in Kaabil might. You’ll have to check with me 2 years later again though.”
What appealed to Hrithik Roshan was that the love story in Kaabil had never been tried before. “The uniqueness of the concept grabbed my undivided attention. I love doing concept films which are potentially path breaking.”