Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, featuring Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol in the lead, completed 10 years of its release on Thursday. The Zoya Akhtar film traced the journey of three friends while they take a road trip to Spain to celebrate Kabir's (Abhay Deol’s on-screen character) bachelorette. The journey changes their lives. Hrithik, in conversation with Etimes, said his father's friends thought doing this movie was a big mistake.
The actor revealed they thought it was his biggest mistake for not opting for a movie, where he plays the solo lead. He said, “I would love to do another film like this where it’s with friends and it’s an ensemble. I remember when I signed this film on, a lot of my father’s friends were very concerned about me, out of sheer love for me. They thought I was making a big mistake, because I was playing one of the parts among three characters and it was certainly not the central character.”
Speaking about neither of them being the central character of the film, it just helped him empower himself as he believed in the story. “It wasn’t like I was the hero of the film and Farhan and Abhay were small parts of the film. The general rule at that time was that you have to uphold the star status, and I knew this film was talking about exactly the opposite. It kind of empowered me because it’s a story that I believed in, and I thought, 'to hell with the status', which is merely something that people give you,” added Hrithik Roshan.
Further expressing his love for doing multi-hero films, Hrithik added, “The work that you do is something that comes out of your own desire. That’s where another seed got planted in my mind about ensemble films. It’s what we don’t get to see much. Not being confined by my position in the film, or the need to remain protected, here letting go was such a beautiful feeling. I think that seed grew into me wanting to do other such films when other actors were hesitant. I love doing two-hero, three-hero, four-hero films… the more, the merrier.” ALSO READ: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara To Have A Female-Led Spin-Off Starring Alia Bhatt? Here’s The TRUTH - EXCLUSIVE
Hrithik Roshan also recalled how Zoya Akhtar had roped him for Luck By Chance for a small role, and he loved being part of it. “I think the place where I come from makes other actors feel very secure because I’m not trying to grab more footage or impose. From my perspective, movies are bigger than stars. Look at what Zoya made me do in Luck By Chance! It was a small part and I loved doing it. He wasn’t even a hero, he was such a grey character but look at the feedback, the reactions that it got. I thoroughly enjoyed doing that, because it was so human and real,” he shared. ALSO READ: Farhan Akhtar Shares An Epic Roadtrip Mashup Clip Of His Films Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Gully Boy And Others; Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif Approve
Director Zoya Akhtar also celebrated 10 years of her venture, and dropped a picture of the blue convertible car -- one of the highlights in the movie -- in her Instagram post. She wrote in her Instagram caption, “Time To Take The Car Out Again #znmd #10years #blueconvertible #spanishsky #ontheroad #onlyhappymemories #wheredidthetimego Thank You to the best Cast and Crew EVAH!” ALSO READ: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara 2: Alia Bhatt To Star In The Female Version Of ZNMD?
Image Source: Instagram/hrithikroshan/amazon