‘DIF­FER­ENTLY-ABLED SHOULD BE AT THE MOVIES TOO’

Hrithik Roshan says mul­ti­plexes should have bet­ter ac­ces­si­bil­ity for the dif­fer­ently-abled; wants to work to­wards achiev­ing this goal

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

Ear­lier this year, Hrithik Roshan got much crit­i­cal ac­claim for his out­ing as a vi­su­al­ly­chal­lenged man in San­jay Gupta’s, Kaa­bil. Around that time, the ac­tor went on record to say that thanks to his part, he has de­vel­oped a deeper sense of un­der­stand­ing about dif­fer­ently-abled peo­ple.

Now, we have learnt that the ac­tor wants to pro­mote bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture so that dif­fer­ently-abled peo­ple can have greater ac­ces­si­bil­ity in pub­lic places. Speak­ing about the is­sue, Hrithik says, “Through my film’s char­ac­ters, I have ac­quired a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges that dif­fer­entlyabled peo­ple face. One thing that has been play­ing on my mind is the need for our pub­lic places to be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to these peo­ple. It is a larger thought, but it is sur­pris­ing that it hasn’t hap­pened yet, even with over 20 mil­lion dif­fer­ently-abled peo­ple in In­dia.”

On his part, Hrithik is ap­peal­ing to mul­ti­plex chains to im­ple­ment bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture, and he is will­ing to help them with it. “Com­ing from the film fra­ter­nity, I would like to ap­peal to the mul­ti­plex chains to take them (dif­fer­ently-abled peo­ple) into con­sid­er­a­tion and work to­wards ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture — so that they aren’t de­prived of the big screen ex­pe­ri­ence of a film, and won’t have to think twice be­fore step­ping out for some­thing as small as watch­ing a movie,” he says.

At the time of Kaa­bil’s re­lease in Jan­uary, Hrithik had said, “I per­haps re­alised for the first time that the phrase ‘dif­fer­ently-abled’ is not just a po­lite word for dis­abled peo­ple. They are ac­tu­ally dif­fer­ently-abled… How I look at them has changed for­ever.”

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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