Actor Hrithik Roshan compares the director of Mohenjo Daro, Ashutosh Gowariker, to a walking encyclopedia on history The lead actor of the period drama Mohenjo Daro says he didn’t have to read anything from history books to prepare himself for the role. The easy reference was his director.
“I didn’t have to read anything about the subject because we have with us our director who is like a textbook and whenever I used to have any confusion about the subject, I used to refer to him,” said Roshan in an interview.
Hrithik, along with the leading actress Pooja Hegde, was in New Delhi to promote the movie which is his first release after Bang Bang in 2014.
Explaining his two-year break, Roshan said the detailing required to present Mohenjo Daro led to such a gap.
“Ashutosh has a penchant for detail. His need to be perfect in factual representation took more time than we had planned. And my duty as an actor was to support his vision and support his process so it took a long time,” said Roshan who paired up with Ashutosh for the second time after the success of Jodha Akbar, another film based on history.
The actor, however, asserted that he was never very interested in history as a subject but he understands its importance. “I was okay in history in school. But I do understand the importance of history now as we should know where we came from and how this world came into existence. Now I know about powerful men in history and how they stayed powerful,” said Roshan.
He also rejected the criticism over the factual inaccuracies being pointed by the historians, saying he faced the same condemnation during the release of Jodhaa Akbar. “I dealt with historians this time exactly the same way I dealt with them during Jodhaa Akbar. I was then told by many how could I play Akbar who was just 1.7-metre tall, didn’t have light eyes and how it’s all inaccurate and wrong. But after the film came out, who is asking these question now? We are doing films to entertain people, not to pass a test on literature. It’s not a documentary. If the film is good and people are satisfied and they are going through an emotional journey through the characters, then it will be a big contribution,” said Roshan, who completed 16 years in the industry this year. – CINEWS