No one says no to King Khan. Dead tired and fighting off a viral attack, Hrithik had no choice but to drive down to Mannat. Shahrukh and Hrithik discussed Guzaarish and Hrithik's performance until 2 am.
Says a source, "Shahrukh had asked for a print of Guzaarish because he's very fond of Hrithik. Also because Shahrukh had played a physically challenged character in My Name Is Khan. He was curious to see how Hrithik had approached the character of a physically disabled hero. What started as profession inquisitiveness, turned into a complete involvement with the on-screen goings-on.
“Shahrukh felt Hrithik in Guzaarish out-excelled his own performance in My Name Is Khan. Shahrukh also feels Guzaarish was way superior to what the director Sanjay Bhansali had achieved with Shahrukh in Devdas."
Half-way through the film, Shahrukh rang up Hrithik and asked him to come home immediately. The two are close friends and their wives are even closer. Says Hrithik, "In fact, Sussanne was already at Mannat. When Shahrukh wanted me to go over I had no choice. He's always very generous," says Hrithik.
It is rare for a colleague to be so generous towards another colleague's stand-out performance, especially when he has given an equally riveting performance in the same genre during the same year.
Says a source, "Shahrukh in My Name Is Khan and Hrithik in Guzaarish portraying two inspirational protagonists suffering from a crippling disability, will be the two top contenders for the best-actor nominations this year. By so generously acknowledging Hrithik's performance, Shahrukh has dissolved the competitive edge between two superstars."