Superhero character inspires Hrithik

Actor Hrithik Roshan (left, with his father director-producer Rakesh Roshan) showing off his Krrish wristband, and as the superhero character in the 2006 movie that was filmed in Singapore.

Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan does not just play a superhero in the Krrish science-fiction film franchise, he feels unstoppable in real life too.

Even a double slipped disc sustained just before filming the upcoming second sequel in the series did not put him out of action for long.

Doctors had advised him against any action-related movements - he was even told not to jog. But he persisted, he said at a press conference here last Saturday to launch Krrish 3.

"My body is broken. I have all kinds of problems, I even have a hole in my head," he said, referring to the fact that he recently had a blood clot removed. "But what is most important in life is your spirit. And your attitude, and your perspective on your life."

So inspired is he by his on-screen superhero persona Krishna, a role he reprises in Krrish 3, that he wears the hero's emblem on his wrist.

Showing off a leather bracelet with a metal insignia to an applauding audience at the press conference here, the 39-year-old heart-throb said: "I believe a symbol is more powerful than any human being, any superhero because a symbol has the power to inspire more than any one person can.

"I am so inspired when I associate with that symbol that I feel unstoppable, unbreakable."

Roshan - who has two children with wife Suzanne, daughter of actor Sanjay Khan - wears Krrish's symbol because it is a reminder to keep pressing on, with a "spirit to conquer".

"It doesn't matter what breaks me, what puts me down, I'll keep rising back, and that's why I'll wear this."

The popular actor and his director- producer father Rakesh Roshan were in town over the weekend.

Krrish 3, which will be released worldwide during Deepavali in November, co-stars Bollywood It-girl Priyanka Chopra. It took three years to make.

The Krrish franchise started 10 years ago with Koi... Mil Gaya (I Found Someone, 2003) and expanded with the first sequel Krrish (2006), which was filmed in Singapore.

Hrithik spent 21/2 months filming Krrish here in 2005 and said his attachment to Singapore has been "part of the journey of Krrish".

While the Roshans were in town, they visited the Global Indian International School and the Singapore International Deepavali Shopping Festival at Singapore Expo. They also dined with guests at a gala dinner at Mandarin Oriental Singapore hotel last Saturday night.

Their visit here, as well as the shopping festival which ended on Sunday, was organised by Singapore Press Holdings' publications tabla! and Tamil Murasu, and event company De Ideaz.

The younger Roshan said: "I love the people, the food, the culture, it has always been such a pleasure to be here. As myself, and as Krrish, I love Singapore."

rltan@sph.com.sg


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