Fenil and Bollywood

Hrithik delivers 5 1/2 min monologue in one take

Posted on: December 10, 2009

Hrithik Roshan, who used to stammer, delivered a five-and-a-half minute monologue for Guzaarish, compelling Sanjay Leela Bhansali to bracket him in the same league as Amitabh Bachchan

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 05, 2009)


Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to be demanding director, but he gives credit where it’s due. According to an eye-witness Hrithik had to recently deliver a five-and-a-half minute-long monologue while shooting for a crucial turning point scene in Guzaarish

It had been broken up into three parts to ease the pressure on Hrithik. As the star launched into it, Bhansali was ready to call for a cut after two minutes. To his astonishment, Hrithik did not stop and delivered the entire monologue in one fluid take.

(L): Hrithik Roshan (R):Sanjay Leela Bhansali

This amazed not only the entire crew, but the director as well. The monologue has Hrithik remembering a woman from his past, before he becomes wheelchair-bound. The intensity stunned everyone on the sets, as it was obvious that Hrithik had worked hard to memorise the part and rehearse it before reaching the sets. Bhansali walked up to the actor and said, ‘What can I say?’

A wary Hrithik thought that he had messed up. Bhansali then gave him the greatest compliment an actor can hope to hear from his director. He said to Hrithik, ‘You are in Bachchan’s league.’ Remember Amitabh Bachchan’s monologue in the climax of Baghban?

This is indeed an accomplishment for a man who used to stammer. Hrithik’s speech problem is known, but he did not let that deter him from delivering the extraordinarily lengthy monologue without fumbling.

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