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Michael Jackson inspired my moves: Hrithik Roshan

Dubai: The last few months have not been good for Hrithik Roshan. He suffered a serious head injury and also separated from wife Suzanne. But now the Bollywood hunk is back in action. As he resumes shooting for Siddharth Anand’s Bang Bang, the actor talks about how he came to be such a great dancer, his upcoming movie, fashion line and tireless fitness regime. Excerpts from an interview:

How do you rate yourself as a dancer? How did it begin? Any plans for dance shows?

I have had a passion for dance for as long as I can remember. But I can’t deny that I’ve not been inspired. Watching Michael Jackson dance effortlessly fuelled that passion in me. But I don’t consider myself a great dancer which is the reason I practice a lot to achieve what you guys see on screen. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into it. I would love to get involved with dance stage shows, and hopefully that will happen soon.

You had a health check-up in the US recently? Is everything OK? Did it affect your new movies?

I have completed all my health check-ups and, by the grace of God, I am perfectly fine now. My film schedules are going as per plans and I’m currently shooting for Bang Bang opposite Katrina Kaif. Next I will be busy with Karan Johar’s movie Shuddhi in which I’m teaming up with Kareena Kapoor.

Tell us a bit about Bang Bang?

Bang Bang is India’s take on the Hollywood film Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The movie is set to be a rollercoaster of action and romance. It has great song and dance routines. I’m sure the audience will enjoy it.

What prompted you to launch your own fashion brand?

I always envisioned HRx [HR in the actor’s initials and x is extreme] to be a platform that could inspire people to bring out their best. My team took my philosophy and turned it into a brand. My range includes comfortable casuals, leisure sportswear and sports footwear for men.

What’s your fitness mantra? Any diet you follow? Any favourite foods?

I work out every day and ensure I exercise at least five to six times a week without fail. I eat sensibly and healthily. This doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge occasionally. But on the whole, I stick to a balanced diet comprising all food groups. To remain fit, you have to be mentally strong too, not just physically, and that for me, is the key. The workouts are a major release for me, it’s my way of relaxation. As far as food is concerned, I love Bengali fish curry.

Any thoughts about venturing into production or directing?

I actually began my career behind the camera, assisting my father [Rakesh], so venturing into producing and direction has always been on my mind. In fact,in Krrish 3, I was very much a part of the creative and production process.