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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 [2016]”. 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.

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