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08-08-2011, 01:54 PM #1
Hrithik Roshan cracks overseas market
Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan is riding high on the success of his latest release “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”. His upcoming “Krrish 2″ is fetching skyrocketing prices for its music and satellite rights much ahead of its shooting – and is expected to be high on the overseas market too.
A source close to the actor revealed that the music rights have been sold for Rs.6 crore and the satellite rights given out for Rs.38 crore. The price has surpassed superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming superhero flick “RA.One” which has been sold at a reported Rs.35 crore.
The bidding for the movie is expected to be high on overseas rights too, and Hrithik is elated.
“The overseas market is a hard one to crack because there’s no guarantee that a film that works in India will do well there. So, it’s heartening that five of my films (‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, ‘Dhoom 2′ ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, ‘Kites’ and ‘Zindagi…’) have conquered both markets. The breakthrough came with ‘Dhoom 2′,” Hrithik said in a press statement.
“Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” grossed Rs.22 crore from the overseas market within 10 days of its release, and Hrithik feels his popularity has also grown thanks to his statue in Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London.
“The statue at Madame Tussaud’s also got me a lot of attention and was symbolic of a decade-long journey that should inspire my sons to march ahead despite the hurdles,” added the actor, who unveiled his wax statue in London earlier this year.
However, the 37-year-old refuses to agree he is in competition with Bollywood’s Khans – Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir.
“I wouldn’t want to lump Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman together as the ‘Khans’ because they are distinct individuals who have seen maximum failures, and yet, risen to great heights.
“We don’t see ourselves as superheroes and walk around with crowns on our heads. We’re just actors doing what we know best. The advantage is that being the last link in the chain, we get all the eyeballs and praise,” he added.
Hrithik is currently shooting for the remake of “Agneepath”, and he would start work on “Krrish 2″ in November this year.