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IN THE NEWS: ‘Kites' stars Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori in Kolkata on Monday.
IN THE NEWS: ‘Kites' stars Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori in Kolkata on Monday.

Kolkata: Bollywood super star Hrithik Roshan has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late. The actor, who had an altercation with media persons in Shirdi and was roughed up by an over-eager Noida crowd on Sunday, says he doesn't want to be in the news all the time.

“Each individual has his own personality. I may be a bit more shy than others, but that's it. And I don't feel like being in the news all the time for no reasons, or to just push my image of a super star,” Hrithik said here on Monday.

Tiff with media

The 36-year-old actor, whose much-hyped Kites opened to mixed reviews but made impressive box office collections this past Friday, had allegedly behaved roughly with some media persons when they tried to click pictures of his family during their visit to the Shirdi shrine last week.

He had refused to pose for pictures after entering the temple complex with his father Rakesh Roshan, mother Pinky Roshan and wife Suzanne claiming an invasion of privacy. “I am a little sad about the Press. But then it is about those five individuals who were present then. I cannot generalise and blame the entire media,” Hrithik said on Monday.

Recalling the incident, he said the scribes refused to heed his request to let the family pray without any hindrance. “I told them to give me just 35 seconds to pray and then I would talk to them. But they did not listen. The situation had then moved beyond words,” he said.

His father, meanwhile, has hit out at the film's critics, saying that despite poor reviews the film has grossed over Rs.60 crore within the first three days of its release. “On the first day, the movie grossed Rs.21 crore. On Saturday, it earned Rs.20 crore and then on Sunday the collections increased by another Rs.21 crore,” producer Rakesh Roshan told reporters here on Monday. The total three-day box office collections, therefore, stand at Rs.62 crore.

“There has been no drop in collections. Going by the kind of reviews which we have got, the film should have been flopped by now,” he said hitting out at the film critics for rejecting the movie.

International version

The film, directed by Anurag Basu and starring Mexican beauty Barbara Mori in the lead role, got the widest release with over 2,000 screens in India and 500 screens overseas on its worldwide release on Friday. Its international version, edited by top Hollywood director Brett Ratner of X-Men and Rush Hour 3fame, will hit theatres worldwide next Friday.

He refuted media reports that the film, being sold as India's first international project, was made at a budget of Rs.150 crore. “Rs.150 crore is a very big amount. That is not what Kitesis made up of. The budget has been wrongly estimated by the media,” the veteran director-producer said. - PTI


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