24 November, 2020

Kaho Na Star Hai

Success has come easily to him, but Hrithik Roshan isn’t about to let it go to his head

Kaho Na Star Hai

Afew weeks ago, Hrithik Roshan was himself distributing his mobile number among film pros, requesting that they fix up a few interviews. And just a few days ago, after Kaho Naa Pyar Hai raised rabble and rave reviews, he’d acquired a secretary, was ducking calls. A sign that harked the birth of a star. The one that has hysterical college-kids, profiteering black ticket-sellers, hopeful film-makers appending the prefix ‘super’ to him, hoisting hope in an industry that’s been hitting the trough lately.

Weeks after Kaho’s release, the advance-booking queues still snake sinuously long outside theatres; black rates stand still at Rs 500 a ticket; trade reports continue to gush (the first week drew 99.87 per cent returns from ticket sales, the second kept up the tempo at 99.69 per cent and even the third didn’t slacken at 99.18 per cent in Mumbai-at par with a hit like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai); two lakh Hrithik photographs have been distributed outside cinema halls among delirious teenagers. Of course, there was also the shootout at his father, film-maker...



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