Since Jodha Akbar released on February 15th, the compliments for Hrithik Roshan hasn’t stopped pouring in. Hrithik’s performance in Jodha Akbar has received immense praise.. The audience, critics and even the Bollywood film industry have unanimously hailed the performance. The list includes Aamir Khan, Yash Chopra, Karan Johar, Kamal Hassan, Manoj Bajpai, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Tabu… the list is endless..
But the best compliment came from the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. On seeing Hrithik’s trance dance during the qawaali Khwaja Mere Khwaja, the Big B observed that not since Stanley Kubrick’s legendary sci-fi 2001: A Space Odyssey has there been such an apocalyptic moment in a film!
Hrithik says “That compliment (from Amitabh) just blew my mind. Portraying Akbar wasn’t easy for me. That dance in a trance was especially difficult. When Ashutosh Gowariker (the director) explained the situation I just didn’t know how to go about it! In that moment of spiritual ecstasy what does my character experience? I was completely puzzled. Then I was told that it was a moment when Akbar connects with divinity. I joined the qawaali singers to dance with one hand pointing towards heaven which was receiving the divine gift, while my other hand pointed to the ground which meant I was connecting the gift received from divinity to people down below. I was the medium, the recipient of divine communication.”
Truly a legendary performance which deserves nothing less than a Oscar!