When the Hrithik Mania began…

Note: Old article first published on 17th September 2006, updated and republished on the 14th anniversary of Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai.

Exactly 14 years ago on this day, a new superstar was born. He took the nation by storm. The storm was named Hrithik Mania. The craze was unbelievable.

Here are a few facts of the historic movie Kaho Naa.. Pyar Hai.. which catapulted Hrithik Roshan to Super Stardom.

  • After the movie was released in January 2000, New Zealand became one of the most popular tourist destination for Indians. The number of applications for visas and permits for Indian students and tourists went up so much that the visa office had to be enlarged to the tune of US$500,000. Officials say the sudden rise was caused by the “Hrithik factor.”
  • Hrithik met his wife (Sussanne Khan) for the first time exactly the same way Rohit meets Sonia in the film, at a traffic signal.
  • It was the biggest Indian hit film of 2000, which turned the film’s lead star Hrithik Roshan (in his debut performance) into a superstar overnight and the craze of the nation.
  • Kareena Kapoor was first cast to play the role of Sonia, she walked out of the film a few days after the shoot started. Kareena was then replaced with newcomer Ameesha Patel who became a star overnight when the film became a box office blockbuster.
  • Ameesha Patel’s parents originally told her that she wasn’t allowed to do the film.
  • Hrithik Roshan used weight training to bulk up for his role. He was trained under the supervision of actor Salman Khan.
  • Has the record for winning most awards on all award ceremonies including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Music, Best Actor, Best Newcomers.
  • Pop singer turned actor Lucky Ali’s first debut for singing in a movie.
  • Coca-Cola was advertised throughout the film indirectly. After the movie became a smash hit the cola brand signed Hrithik Roshan as their new brand ambassador.
  • Hrithik Roshan has 6 fingers in his right hand. When he played Raj he tried to cover his 6th finger in every scene by using hand gloves and playing the character as left handed.
  • Due to the huge success of the movie Rakesh Roshan was targeted by the Mafia. For the foreign distribution rights of the film Rakesh Roshan was shot by the Mumbai underworld but survived.
  • Director Trademark: Rakesh Roshan’s movie title begins with the letter K. E.g Krrish, Koi Mil Gaya, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai
  • It was Hrithik’s idea to give spectacles / eyeglass for Raj’s character with a clean shaved persona. But Rakesh Roshan was against that, he wanted Raj and Rohit appearance to be exactly the same.
  • Actress who played Raj’s mother Asha Patel in the movie was the real life mother of Amisha Patel.
  • Before Hrithik started his acting career he was an assistant director under his father Rakesh Roshan. When Hrithik decided to portray the two characters with different physique he phoned Salman and was not sure whether he would remember him. But Salman recognised him, trained him and gave him quite a few important body building tips.
  • During the first few days of the filming for Kaho Na Pyaar Hai.. Hrithik was shy and confused while performing his dance steps. Choreographer Farah Khan gave him moral support  and he improved terrifically.
  • Rakesh Roshan had Shahrukh Khan in mind while scripting KNPH, but he couldn’t create a good enough ending to the film. Hrithik then told his dad that he has done enough movies with the Khans, and should pick somebody new. It was then that Roshan Sr decided it was time to launch his son. The duo have now worked in 4 films – KNPH, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish and Krrish 3 – every film has gone on to break box office records.




  • the Biggest Phenomenon that we ever Have . what a Epic Debut !! n yeah Hrithik is the One who Deserve to be Megastar .

  • @indicine: thanks u a lot. .
    @velocity: nice to see u.
    Proud to be a hrithikian. .hrithik is in our blood.happy hrithikians day.

  • The BEST actor of INDIA….HRITHIK the Superhero Roshan….Actine mein No.1, Dancing mein No.1, Looks meinNo.1, Physique mein No.1…The BAAP of all other actors…BANG BANg will easily cross 400 crores in India

    • When I saw the krrish in June 23 2006 first day first show in chennai . When I am 6 yrs old I was started loving hrithik since 16 yrs he is my one and only crush. I luv u hrithik so much

  • best look,best dancing skill,best acting,humbleness in nature,wish to learn from other actors all these factors make hrithik the superstar


    HATERS GONNA HATER, HRITHIK’S GONNA RULE !!!! Future is of Hrithik ! I am vry excited to see what’s hrithik has in store for all of us in coming years.


  • His debut was epic. He bagged both Best Actor Popular and Best Debut awards. His debut film KNPH released a week before SRK’s ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’ and a week after Aamir’s ‘Mela’, that was a tough date for a debut actor/actress, still it became a Blockbuster and begged 102 awards as whole, another record. He rose to super stardom overnight, you can’t ask for a better debut.

    Good update as well. Didn’t know about some of those facts like NZL’s craze, Ameesha’s real life mother and involvement with Coca Cola.

  • Dhoom 3 logic :1. If you Take Loan From Bank, andif banks asks for repayment…They’re wrong !!
    2. Chicago Police Department Thinks Mumbai Police has better knowledge of Chicago State
    3. Abhishek Bachan’s Auto Rickshaw Is The Ultimate Vehicle Ever.
    4. Aamir Khan’s BMW Bike can turn to anything…almost anything-Boat-aeroplane- Sub marine- tooth brush- cell phone- tv remote- etc…ANYTHING
    5. Abhishek Bachan Can have bike fallen on to him but still can get up and arrive at Crime Scene From Anywhere.
    6. Cop from Mumbai has better Knowledge of chicago roads than Chicago Police it self
    7. climex of the movie ab found aamir easily.
    8.uday & ab bike stunts,ab jump from the bike and beat the guy.

    d2 is the best……

  • All the best to KNPH anniversary and Hrithik Roshan!! but it will 30 more years for him to achieve the status that SRK achieved after two decades…

  • I remember i used to sing the whole Chaand sitaare song when i was small and also sang ek pal ka jeena in a function.
    Epic movie..one of my fav…

    And i don’t think anyone today can debut with such a blast…beating the likes of superstars like SRK,Salman,aamir..etc
    Salute HR..

  • @Kingkhan
    Hrithik defeated SRK with his debut movie only…
    Also his Mission Kashmir opened better than Mohabbatein…

  • KNPH as a film was a Babe Magnet- self explanatory so no need to say more.

    It was a perfect way to kickstart the new millennium. Ameeha charmed her way into the hearts of the nation and Hro danced each way into everyones soul and we all tried to dance like him at subsequent weddings without much joy it has to be said….! Lol

    Seriously there were good times indeed and the music was the best ever for a debut film with debutants seen for a very long time since maybe Aashiqui 1 or MNPK 1989… Great times and Thank you Hro and Papa Roshan very very much…! :-)

  • Best debut was salman khan in 1989 with mpk which become all time blockbuster. Knph col was less than raja hindustani.

  • In that time released SRK’s Fir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani & amir khan’s Mela was disaster. Proude to be a Hrithikians.

  • “Hrithik-Katrina starrer Bang Bang and Aamir-Anushka starrer P.K are the most awaited films of 2014!”
    Bollywood hungama.
    Bollywood Hungama conducted a poll to chart out what are likely to be the biggest blockbusters of 2014. The analysis was done in the form of a survey held in the month of December 2013 and conducted online amongst online surfers, spanning regions from UK, USA, UAE and India, wherein the user had to select his/her 10 most anticipated movies. To ensure complete transparency and accuracy, a two level authentication check with cookie validation and IP mapping was put into place.

    The results of the ‘Most Awaited Movies of 2014’ were compiled based on votes from 138 countries – countries which constitute about 99% of revenue towards Bollywood releases. Facebook users were also allowed to vote thereby increasing the total number of votes polled and creating a larger sample size across geographies.

  • ‘Like Hrithik Roshan – I trained him for a year and a half, but I never knew that he could dance. When I saw his film and I saw his dance in it, I told him ki tu mujhe pehle bata deta ki tu itna acha dance karta hai, toh main tujhse seekh leta yeh!’- Salman Khan

  • @disasterNew Year Put Your S**t To yourself. It’s No worth. You are Not fan of any actor. Just a confused Soul.

    And FYI, Salman’s Debuted in Biwi ho toh aisi as Supporting actor. And as per as Raja hindustani..I Can Say i’ll get my infos and get back to you.

  • @romance expiry Small talk from a small minded person…!

    Raja Hindustani grossed $14 million in 96, KNPH grossed $9.8 million in 2000 and HAHK grossed $22 million in 94… But if you want to go further back in time then Sholay grossed around $17 million in 1975 as per wiki source…! What your point is only you know (wishful thinking I know as you generally forget the rubbish you spout 90% of the time) but all 4 films have been (rightfully so) labelled ATBB… Digest that fact as if its the last thing you will ever do…

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