By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Post the super success of Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish and Dhoom 2, Hritik Roshan is being extra conscious about the kind of projects he chooses. Though he has only one film currently on floor, Jodhaa Akbar; there is still uncertainty about its release this year.
Meanwhile he hasn't signed on any new project though whispers around the town indicate his multiple-film deals with corporate production houses or his special appearances for films made by friends. Also in the pipeline is the sequel to Krrish for which he is currently co-scripting with his father Rajesh Roshan; even as the film is expected to come on floors only next year.
All of this is happening in Bollywood where he has firmly established himself as one of the topmost star-actors in the current times. How about Hollywood? Much more than just whispers are being heard that he has already been invited by some of the top Hollywood film makers.
His international spokesperson from US confirms, "Yes, it's true that Hritik has already been invited by the best, the biggest and the most credible industry professionals. Now all Hritik has to do is ask, want and desire. I think that's why he can take his time and pick and choose what he likes."
How serious and practical is Hritik's foray into Hollywood? In the past as well as present, there have been number of actors who have tried their luck in the overseas without a positive outcome.
"I am aware about the fact that they have done projects. I also know that Bollywood stars have tried to break into the mainstream for many years now. But if you observe closely, none have really been successful in the true meaning of cross over", she says.
Reflecting on the sorry state of affairs when it comes to Indian actors attempting crossover to Hollywood, she adds, "It is also sad but true that some have been dropped by the biggest agencies in town. To make matters worse, some have starred in films that didn't do well at the box office or have been critically slammed with negative reviews."
How does Hollywood perceive Hritik in this case? Is he turning out to be different from the ilk? "As a publicist in Hollywood working with major motion picture studios, films and A-list stars, I have never seen an artist so close to perfect. Do I need to add anything more?" says Hritik's spokesperson confidently.
"The icing on the cake is the fact that West has woken up the powerhouse of talent that Hritik is after looking at the current crop of films he has done. Whilst Hollywood's most credible trades call him "The Bankable Hritik Roshan", A-List Agents of the American Cinema consider him to be "the Sun and the Moon by himself", which by itself shows yet again his reach and credibility", she reveals.
Since the going has been so great, when is an announcement expected in this regard? After all it will be an event in itself if Hritik truly gets a major role in a prestigious Hollywood project.
"Hritik is still keeping the standards high and tries to concentrate on the priorities and current projects", she reveals, "Hollywood Executives believe him to be the future of Western films and even though he has not made any attempts to star in a Hollywood film, he still gets offers. Just wait and watch!"
Do we see a space for Hritik in the top league which currently belongs to a Tom Cruise or a Brad Pitt? Laughs the lady, "Some say, he is the next Tom Cruise, some call him the new Brad Pitt while some compare his class and stature to George Clooney. But Hritik is all of the above and some more."
Turning serious, she declares, "Hritik will never get cast where Cruise should or in a role that belongs to Pitt. Hritik Roshan will star in a vehicle that is designed and produced only for him. Hritik Roshan will star in a Hritik Roshan film."