Celebrating Hrithik Roshan’s Birthday: Top 5 Outstanding Performances from Jodhaa Akbar to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Hrithik Roshan

“Hrithik Roshan remains an enigma in an industry quick to categorize leading men. A mainstream hero? Check. A reliable actor? Check. Dance skills? Out of this world. Yet, somehow, Hrithik Roshan checks all the boxes while choosing to exist in the shadows of the limelight, both as an actor and a star who effortlessly stands out in any role or genre. Let’s delve into five of his career-defining roles that showcase his versatile talent. (Also read: Fighter song Heer Aasmani: Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and the gang all set to take flight. Watch)”

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara

Character name: Arjun Saluja

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Director: Zoya Akhtar

Release date: 15 July 2011


In Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Hrithik Roshan’s portrayal of Arjun Saluja encapsulates the archetype of the individual on the trip who intertwines work with leisure—constantly glued to his laptop and taking calls intermittently. Initially perceived as annoying and somewhat condescending, Arjun appears too drained for any extra words. However, as the narrative unfolds, Hrithik Roshan’s character undergoes a gradual transformation into a man discovering a new way of seeing, feeling, and experiencing things.

The pivotal moment arrives post a scuba-diving escapade, where the actor skillfully conveys the thrill and awe not through dialogue but solely through his expressive eyes. This nuanced performance showcases Hrithik Roshan’s ability to convey profound character development and emotions, making Arjun Saluja’s journey a memorable and integral part of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

Krrish (2006)

Director: Rakesh Roshan

Release Date: June 23, 2006

In the realm of Hindi Cinema, has any other mainstream actor embodied a character like Krrish with the finesse displayed by Hrithik Roshan? Even years after its release, Hrithik’s enchanting presence continues to imbue the screen with an unparalleled blend of texture and joy. The role is no easy feat—portraying an innocent village boy who not only discovers his extraordinary abilities but also learns to navigate the harsh realities of the world. Yet, on the shoulders of the adept actor, Krrish consistently emerges as a character that is both believable and sure-footed, showcasing Hrithik Roshan’s ability to breathe life into complex roles with conviction and charm.

Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Character Name: Emperor Akbar

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker

Release Date: February 15, 2008

In Ashutosh Gowariker’s magnum opus, Hrithik Roshan assumes the role of Emperor Akbar in the rare historical drama executed with perfection. Hrithik’s portrayal is nothing short of incredible as he embodies the man behind the grandeur and lavishness of the Mughal empire, creating a character rooted in deep devotion and honesty to the best interests of his kingdom.

Hrithik’s mastery extends to his portrayal of Akbar’s body language, capturing the regality and poise befitting the character. Particularly noteworthy is the first half of the film, where the actor delicately portrays Akbar’s gradual descent into love with his wife, Jodhaa, rendering it beautifully tender and restrained. “Jodhaa Akbar” stands as a testament to Hrithik Roshan’s finest hour on screen, showcasing his ability to breathe life into historical characters with depth and authenticity.

Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000)

Character Name: Rohit and Raj Chopra

Director: Rakesh Roshan

Release Date: 14 January 2000

Hrithik Roshan’s debut role in “Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai” catapulted him to overnight stardom. While it was undoubtedly a dream debut, it also presented a significant challenge for a first-time actor. Playing a double role in the elaborate theatrics of the film could easily risk coming off as hammy or one-note. However, Hrithik’s performance made every aspect of it not only convincing but also unforgettable.

From portraying the contrasting characters of Rohit and Raj Chopra to delivering hall-of-fame dance moves in “Ek Pal Ka Jeena,” Hrithik showcased an incredible range of talent and charisma. His ability to bring depth and authenticity to the characters, coupled with his mesmerizing dance skills, left an indelible mark, setting the stage for a stellar career in the Indian film industry.

Dhoom 2 (2006)

Character Name: Aryan Singh (Mr. A)

Director: Sanjay Gadhvi

Release Date: 24 November 2006

Let’s not pretend that anyone came close to achieving what Hrithik Roshan did in “Dhoom 2.” This installment in the franchise predates his arrival, yet he not only took the series to new heights but also contributed to its enduring success with another sequel following. Hrithik, in the role of Aryan Singh, aka Mr. A, portrayed a conman with unparalleled style and ease. He accomplished the rare feat of turning an antagonist into a character we couldn’t help but root for. Only Hrithik could have executed the role with such natural charisma and effortlessness, leaving an indelible mark on the franchise and establishing himself as an iconic antagonist in Bollywood.