The fitness enthusiast in him idolises Sylvester Stallone. Other names cited include Raj Kapoor “his vulnerability struck me”; Jerry Lewis “in my childhood, I used to watch him every day” and of course Michael Jackson. “I feel such a deep sense of respect and gratitude for these artists who have inspired me,” adds Roshan. Most will see 2016 as a lamentable year for Roshan, who found himself making headlines for all the worng reasons. Mohenjo Daro, his solitary release, failed to live up to the epic expectations attached to it, becoming one of the biggest duds this year. Then there was the legal quagmire with Kangana Ranaut that Roshan found himself engulfed in and that kept the tabloids busy with umpteen stories of He Said, She Said. You’d think that Roshan wouldn’t look back fondly at the year, cited by TV host John Oliver, and rightly so, as one of the worst in recent times. “The chaos in life actually is cathartic to find your centre,” he says. “The film business has the potential to be very turbulent. There are no guarantees here.” But Roshan isn’t uneasy. “I would go one step bit too far and say that I think I have cracked it. I am really feeling a sense of so much contentment and peace, and feeling great about who I am, what I am doing, where I am and where I am going.” This awareness Roshan says came “just within this year ”. What happened to lead to it? “I don’t know...Probably it is inner evolution or whatever you call it. May be it is also failure or the extra chaos
that removes the layers and you can actually find yourself.” Roshan and his fans will hope that 2017 is better. The actor will be busy from the get go with Kaabil releasing on January 25, a film produced by his family banner, Filmkraft. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, Kaabil sees Roshan play a visuallyimpaired man with revenge on his mind after a personal tragedy. “I see Kaabil as a small film with a large heart,” he says. It will be competing with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees for eyeballs, a scenario Roshan admits would hurt the financial prospects of both films. But Roshan isn’t the sort to sit back and think about what could have been. He is assured, calm and collected. “In my entire life I don’t think there has been a single moment that something has impacted me and it has not had the same effect on other people,” he says showing faith in his forthcoming release’s merits. “Which is why I have never been disappointed in my life. I always make peace with the results of my creative process.” There’s another
potential quote for the wall.
You are sitting next to a beautiful female co-star in a flight. The plane hits turbulence and she suddenly pukes on your pants. You come home from outside and open your door to discover that your cook is watching porn. You and your girlfriend are held at gunpoint on a lonely road by a group of robbers. One of them is stroking your girlfriend’s leg. Your five-year-old child has a new puppy. You wake up to find both of them eating from the same plate.