Happy Birthday Hrithik: Unknown facts about the superstar!

Hrithik Roshan celebrates his 40th birthday today and the year that has gone by, hasn’t been great for the superstar. On the professional front, it’s been great, what with Krrish 3 going on to be the highest grosser of all time. But his personal life hit an all-time low with the actor injuring his head while shooting for an action sequence for his upcoming film ‘Bang Bang’. Even as he was struggling with headaches, news broke out that Hrithik had split with the love of his life Sussanne.

Hrithik celebrates his birthday with his son

Hrithik celebrates his birthday with his son

From the entire Indicine Team, we wish Hrithik a very happy birthday and hope that the new year brings him peace, happiness and good health.

To celebrate his 40th birthday, we have 25 unknown facts about the superstar.

  • Hrithik’s first pay check was Rs 100 which his grandfather J Om Prakash gifted for dancing in the 1980 film Aasha
  • Hrithik is known for his perfect dialogue delivery in films, but did you know he had a speech disorder as a child? He used to stammer so badly that he would bunk school during oral tests
  • In his own words, the name Hrithik refers to “the purity of the soul that is attained by all those who perform havan. It has a spiritual connotation.”
  • Hrithik was the first actor to win both the Filmfare Best Debut and Best Actor award in the same year for his performance in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai
  • He was also the first actor to win the Filmfare Best Actor Popular and Critics award for the same film – Koi Mil Gaya in 2003.
  • In the year that he made his debut, Hrithik received 30,000 marriage proposals. However, he married Sussanne in the same year.
  • At the age of 21, he was diagnosed with scoliosis, a curvature of the back. Doctors had told him that he’d never be able to dance or perform action scenes. Half a decade later, when Kaho Na Pyaar Hai released, he was hailed as the best dancer, actor and action hero of the country!!
  • Hrithik loves photography!
  • He made his debut in the same year as Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor. The hype in 2000 was clearly with the Kapoor and Bachchan scions, but they were completely out shined by Hrithik’s spectacular debut.
  • Hrithik’s best friend in the industry is Uday Chopra.
  • Rakesh Roshan had initially approached Shahrukh Khan to play the lead in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, but later decided to cast his son Hrithik. The rest is history.
  • Hrithik has lent his voice to songs in two films – Kites and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
  • He was the first choice to play Akshaye Khanna’s role in Dil Chahta Hai.
  • He was also the first choice for the Don remake (later went to Shahrukh), play Sidharth’s character in Rang De Basanti and Shahrukh’s role in Swades.
  • Hrithik quit smoking after reading Allen Carr’s Easy way to Stop Smoking – a book that he gifted to quite a few of his friends in the industry
  • Hrithik is actively involved in charity. In fact, he has gifted several school buses and funded surgeries for heart patients.
  • He has launched his own fashion brand called HRx
  • Hrithik’s debut film KNPH entered the Limca Book of Records for winning the most number of awards won by any Bollywood film – a total of 102 awards.
  • His nickname Duggu was given to him by his grandmother.
  • He appeared in the remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Agneepath, which was a failure when it released in 1990. However, the remake was a super hit at the box office.
  • Hrithik’s leading lady in KNPH was supposed to be Kareena Kapoor! However, things didn’t work out and Ameesha Patel was signed.
  • Hrithik has co-starred with Kareena in the most number of films – total of 4. None of them worked, except Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The duo will return more than 12 years later in 2015’s Shuddhi.
  • He was the assistant director in films like Karan Arjun and Koyla.
  • The title of Yash Chopra’s Darr starring Shahrukh Khan was suggested by Hrithik – Read Full Story
  • Hrithik was the 5th Indian celebrity to be immortalised at the Madame Tussauds – after Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan.

Once again, Happy Birthday Hrithik. Hope you have a great year ahead.



  • Great wishes to Hrithik and papa Roshan especially. His papa singlehandedly carried Hrithik’s all big hits.
    Hope Hrithik starts giving blockbusters without his papa…

  • One more fact which u missed out :

    Hrithik was mentored by Salman Khan for building his body.
    And after 10 years, Hrithik replied strongly against Salman’s point of view regarding Guzarish.
    He is a sincere student.

  • Happy Birthday Hr,
    @indicine finally you update for HR birthday and with a superb post, good facts given by you.
    personally speaking HR shines with his first film and i think will definitely be remain popular as an Lead hero in next 10-15 years. I think it was great choice if HR would do “Don” remake as i found his acting in Agneepath remake too great.
    most of the facts given here i already know but don’t know about Don,Dil Chahata h and RDB roles approaches.

  • frankly speaking KNPH got 102 awards in the same year and its a record, it is definitely a slap for bollywood if we couldn’t prodcued better movie in 2000, KNPH is routine love story combine good music and HR superb debut, but i don’t find anything so special in the movie neither when it released not when i seen on tv, no offense to Roshan but is that movie is even standing anywhere for even HR movies like ZNMD,KMG & furthur series,Jodha Akbar,Agneepath. being a debut movie its solid start but as a movie don’t know why it was so big.
    India people somehow made a ordinary movies to big hit:
    1. Raja Hindustani
    2. Kaho naa pyar hai
    3. Kuch Kuch hota hai.
    4. Ready, Bodyguard.
    5. K3G
    and many more….

  • Happy Birthday Hrithik….!

    I have fond memories of your earlier films as I was courting alot during those heydays and the girls…. Well they loved you and I along with many others loved the ladies so I had to go where the girls went and that usually was to theatres to watch a Hrithik movie- My GF was a big fan I remember but seriously some good work there Hrithik and Im glad I went because you did shine through as an actor during 1 or 2 poor films but not your fault I may add. Loved KNPH immensely and saw it again this past weekend with family and it brings back alot of good memories….!
    Have a great year.

  • @g.one first of all change ur failed id name and then talk about hrithik & his career.. Atleast u had wished him happy birthday today.. But u didn’t irritating fan of show off.. G. One..

  • @sanjay:what do u mean? ?salman put such a disgusting comment on guzaarish like “even a dog didn’t go to watch that film”! How rubbish! It collected 30 crores. But what about his own Marigole and yuvraaj which are biggest disaster of bollywood. Hrithik never puts bad comments on others like so called “mentor” in your language.

  • @aeeyy,ya bro,of course he is better actor than tingu khan.I liked his performance in films like fiza,mission kashmir,agneepath-2,dhoom2.

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