With Fighter releasing this week, we turn our focus to Hrithik Roshan movies. The handsome hulk of a star has been a consistent performer since the turn of the century when he made a confident debut.

This compilation of some of his best movies is a subjective list. Some have been left out by choice, some due to their non-availability on OTT platforms in these parts.

Top 10 Hrithik Roshan Movies

Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000)

With his sculpted Greek go looks, Hrithik Roshan hit the star jackpot with his debut vehicle. He made it as an energy-filled dancing star. The film was also the launch pad for actress Ameesha Patel. 

The film, written, directed and produced by Hrithik’s dad, Rakesh Roshan, was a runaway hit as the film had everything — songs, dances, fights, romance and drama. It was a complete package just like Hrithik turned out to be in his career.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

The film was the mother of all casting coups. It had the biggest stars together in the cast. Directed by Karan Johar, this family saga had Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and, of course, Hrithik Roshan.

He was a newbie then. But he still held his own among the stalwarts. The film revolves around the theme of family bonds and reconciliation.  In a quest to reunite his fractured family, the younger son, played by Hrithik, embarks on a journey to find his estranged brother and bring him back into the fold.  Great fun, the film still is.

Koi Mil Gaya (2003)

Directed by his father, Rakesh Roshan, the movie featured Hrithik in a wholly distinctive persona. He portrayed the character of a mentally challenged individual with the emotional understanding of an 11-year-old.

Hrithik garnered numerous accolades for his portrayal of this character with developmental challenges. The story is about his friendship with an extraterrestrial being. This was an endearing sci-fi movie. The film also stars Preity Zinta, Rekha, Prem Chopra, and Johnny Lever. Two sequels, Krrish and Krrish 3, were released in 2006 and 2013, respectively.

Lakshya (2004)

This coming-of-age movie was Farhan Akhtar’s much-touted offer. The story is about an aimless and lazy guy from Delhi who joins the Indian Army and transforms himself into a soldier to make his girlfriend, Romila Dutta, proud of him.

Lakshya focuses on the inner demon within the hero before he becomes a battlefield hero. It stands as a classic example of patriotism changing lives for the better. A good movie on its own, the film can be watched just for Hrithik’s sensational dance for the song Main Aisa Kyun Hoon.

 

Dhoom 2 (2006)

It is a sequel to the 2004 film Dhoom and is the second instalment in the Dhoom series. Dhoom 2 was an action thriller that rode on the chiselled bodies of Hrithik, Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu.

This stylized heist movie, directed by Sanjay Gadhvi, was a big-budget movie of the times. The film also stars Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra. Dhoom 2 was the first major Hindi film to be shot in Brazil.  Abhishek and Udhay reprised their roles as buddy cops from the original. It is an enjoyable, over-the-top extravaganza.

Krrish (2006)

This is the second instalment of the superhero franchise that started with Koi… Mil Gaya. It had Hrithik Roshan in a dual role as father and son. The film had a good star cast in  Rekha, Priyanka Chopra, Sharat Saxena and Naseeruddin Shah.

The story takes off from the son of the previous film’s protagonists, who inherits his father’s superhuman abilities. He takes on the persona of ‘Krrish’ to keep his identity secret. He has to thwart the plans of the evil Dr. Arya, who has a connection to his (Krrish’s) father. A well done commercial entertainer and the film rides on Hrithik’s sure-footed portrayal of a difficult character.

Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

In this historical drama, Aishwarya portrayed Jodha Bai, the Rajput princess who marries Emperor Akbar, played by Hrithik Roshan.  The two leads’ performance was celebrated for its elegance, grace, and strength as they provided the film its grandeur.

Among Hrithik’s best performances on screen so far, he nails the body language of an emperor without being pretentious. The romance between him and Jodhaa and the songs of the film (music by A R Rahman) make it one of the iconic movies.  The direction by Ashutosh Gowariker was also spot on.

Guzaarish (2010)

Guzaarish had Hrithik play the role of a quadriplegic. It had  Aishwarya Rai as Hrithik’s nurse. The story is about a paralyzed magician-turned-radio jockey who files a petition in court seeking permission to end his life.

The film did not do well at the box office but established Hrithik’s acting ability. This handsome star, with a muscled body and dancing prowess, played the role of a near coma patient lying in bed was an act of courage and spunk. And Hrithik showed it plenty in this Sanjay Leela Bhansali venture.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

A cult movie now, this is another of those enjoyable coming-of-age movies that also includes strong bondage among guys and road movie tropes.

Hrithik’s role among the three friends (Abhay Deol and Farhan Ahktar being the other two) is easy to hate. He is that annoying guy on a trip who brings along his work- taking out his laptop and attending a call in between. He is condescending, too. But in the fullness of time, he matures and understands himself and others. Hrithik made that scene all his own after his scuba diving experience. This buddy movie is great fun and worth many repeat watches.

Agneepath

Agneepath, directed by debutant Karan Malhotra, was the remake of a 1990 film of the same name directed by Mukul S. Anand and starring Amitabh Bachchan. Hrithik reprised the role of Amitabh — the latter had won a National award for the same. The film also stars  Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Kanika Tiwari, Om Puri and Zarina Wahab. 

The story is about the now iconic Vijay Deenanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan), who sets out to avenge his father’s humiliation and murder at the hands of Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt). Though this didn’t get Hrithik the national award, many were of the opinion that Agneepath, in its remake, was superior to the original—a rarity in such attempts.

Balakumar Kuppuswamy
Balakumar Kuppuswamy

An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.

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