With blockbuster films like ‘Agneepath’, ‘Dhoom 2’, ‘Krissh’ series, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and many more to his credit, there is no denying that Hrithik Roshan holds a strong command over the audience. He is loved by all and has a stardom which is hard to achieve. But for some reason his last two films, ‘Bang Bang’ and ‘Mohenjo Daro’ tanked at the box office. But this does not mean that he cannot make it to Rs 100 and Rs 200 crore club like the Khans. Exhibitor and distributor, Akshaye Rathi has revealed about Hrithik’s power on the box office numbers.
Akshaye says, “He (Hrithik Roshan) is clearly someone with massive potential and that’s been shown to us with some of the huge hits that he has delivered. Right from his first film to the other films that he has done with his father to ‘Dhoom 2’ and ‘Agneepath’, he has showed us how much potential he has to earn well at the box office. While his last couple of films haven’t done well, it is not because of his performance not being up to the mark or his fan following not being big enough. It is unfortunately a few wrong choices that he has made, in terms of the films he has been doing. And I think by only changing that, his career can take an absolute U-turn for the better.”
“There is nothing missing in him. He has the looks, he has the ability to act, he is a phenomenal performer. So he has got everything working for him, except for his choices. The day that changes for the better, I don’t think there is going to be anything that can stop him. If you look at his career graph, he has always played this very ideal sort of hero in every film of his. If you look at all the other big superstars of this country, they have always had this onscreen ability to laugh at themselves or to let the audience laugh at them or the audience to laugh at their cost. And I think that is something that establishes a huge connect between the audience and a star. So I think that is one thing that Hrithik needs to do. Projecting this near perfect image is not always ideal. The day he drops his guard, he will have a massive connect with the audience. With the right kind of scripts and the right kind of films, I don’t think there is anything that can stop him from becoming the biggest superstar in the country,” Akshaye adds.
Talking about his potential, Akshaye says, “With the right kind of scripts, I think he is one of those superstars who can easily deliver those Rs 200 crore hits. There are two kinds of performers – actors and stars. An actor’s job is to deliver a great performance, while a star’s job is to sell tickets (and earn HUGE amounts of money). So he is currently a star trying to be an actor right now. If you look at his performances, they are phenomenal. But now he has to harness his potential at the box office as a star.”
Lastly, Akshaye shows trust in Hrithik’s upcoming film ‘Kaabil’ and says, “‘Kaabil’ is a very smartly budgeted movie. So I am pretty sure that the kind of returns that would come in, even though it is releasing with another big film like ‘Raees’, it will be enough to ensure that everyone associated with the film will make money. Then there is ‘Krrish 4’ and a couple of more, so I am sure it will be onward and upward for him. He has a good career ahead of him and he will continue to be a reigning superstar in the country.”
‘Kaabil’ releases on January 25, 2017.