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Will Hrithik Roshan rise after a tough four years personally and professionally?


Hrithik has been through a lot in the last four years — brain surgery, divorce, a public spat with Kangana and flops. Will 2017 turn things around for him?

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Suparna Thombare

Hrithik Roshan's last big hit was Krrish 3 in 2013, and since then things have gone down hill for the star personally and professionally. While his action flick Bang Bang (2014) recieved a lukewarm response, he didn't have a release in 2015 and his big budget movie with Ashutosh Gowariker, Mohenjo Daro, which released in 2016, turned out to be a disaster. It has now led to doubts whether Hrithik can grow as an actor and sustain his stardom at this stage of his career.

On the personal front too, things have been really tough for the actor. He separated from his wife Sussane in 2013 and got officially divorced from her, after a 13-year marriage, in 2014. The actor also went through a major brain surgery in July 2013. He had to remove blood clots that had developed due to head injuries suffered during the filming of Krrish 3. Hrithik had been suffering from headaches for months before he was diagnosed with subacute subdural haematoma, a condition commonly seen in those above the age of 65.

Just when things had started to settle for the actor, in late 2015, his spat with Kangana Ranaut came out in the media and since then the two have fought a very public and legal battle against each other. While Ranaut claimed that Hrithik was an ex-boyfriend, Hrithik, who has tried to make minimal statements on the issue to the media, refused to accept that he had any romantic relationship with his co-star from Krrish 3 (2013) and Kites (2010).

Despite all the upheavals in his life, the star has always looked positive through it all and has maintained his calm in the eye of the storm. He has tried to keep his balance despite things not going right on both personal and professional fronts. 

In a recent interview with film journalist Anupama Chopra, Hrithik said that he doesn't really know how he has managed to do it. "I guess by keeping it simple. If your intellect can guide you to the simplest path to peace and make you ask the simplest questions and get the right answers... like what can I do right now to make me feel at peace," said Hrithik.

Speaking about how he dealt with the failure of his films, he said, "If I have ever been proved wrong or my results have been a failure, I have grown my maximum through those. Those have been my access points.

"I am the kind of person who will accept my mistakes with as much ferocity as my convictions when I made them. I am willing to learn, break myself and build myself again. I am willing to learn. I am not afraid of both [mistakes and convictions]," he said.

Hrithik has a lot of rebuilding to do for sure. 

A lot rides on his next release Kaabil (produced by his father Rakesh Roshan), which is slated to release on 25 January, as Hrithik hasn't had a hit for over three years now. To make matters difficult, his release will be clashing with Shah Rukh Khan's Raees, making its chances of earning blockbuster status rather bleak.

Hrithik is yet to announce his next film after Kaabil and we doubt if he will have another release this year. So it makes it even more important that Kaabil makes a mark.

Will Hrithik manage to turn things around with a great performance and a good box-office result? We will know in less than a week.