What’s with Hrithik Roshan and his latest trend of turning down Hollywood films? First he said no to Omkara director Vishal Bhadwaj’s script which was to star Uma Thurman in it, then the Pink Panther sequel with Steve Martin and now comes the news that the superstar has also said no to a role in Superman! It is believed that Hrithik received an offer to act in the latest installment of the film. “The producers of Superman had seen Hrithik’s work in Krrish and what a hit the film had become. Also, Hrithik definitely has the looks that would work in the West and therefore they approached him for the role,” says a close associate of the star.
Hrithik had earlier turned down a role in Pink Panther 2 which was then lapped up by Andy Garcia. But unlike in Pink Panther, Roshan failed to even ask for the script in the case of Superman! Hrithik is currently nursing an injured leg which has also put a stop to the completion of Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa Akbar following which Hrithik will begin on the scripting sessions for Krrish 2. “It’s not the Hrithik is not looking to do Hollywood films. He would love to but he isn’t going to jump at every script that comes his way,” says the source. Hrithik’s international looks, superb physique, dancing skills and good acting skills have helped him develop a major fan following amongst Asians and non-Asians alike in the West. He has already come into the notice of directors and production houses in Hollywood and has also featured in Hollywood publications such as the Los Angeles Times as well as the Hollywood Reporter. With so much popularity already in Hollywood one can’t help but wonder what could have prompted Hrithik to turn down a blockbuster like Superman. Could it be that he is giving greater importance to daddy Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 2 or that he doesn’t want to go from playing India’s numero uno superhero to a side kick to Hollywood’s number one superhero?