Duggu opens up about Giving up on life

Bollywood actor says his many setbacks have taught him how to ‘learn and grow’

For Hrithik Roshan, life has been the best teacher of lessons that he now shares with his wide fan base. The actor says there have been instances when he almost gave up in life, but he overcame that feeling. The actor, who has come up with a video to motivate people, says he credits “all the adverse moments” in his life — including his separation from Sussanne Khan — for where he is today.

“If you just look at it objectively and without attaching it to being a ‘Hrithik Roshan story’ and view it just as a journey, I think there’s a lot to learn. Do not feel disempowered by the situations in your life. They are there to serve a purpose, they are there to teach you something,” Roshan said.

He reminisced about the times he faced adversity to come out stronger.

“I was 21-years-old and presumably the best doctor of the country was sitting in front of me, telling me that I did not have the genetics that would allow me to do the kind of things an actor needed to do in a Hindi film — things like dancing, jumping, falling, twisting, break dance and all of that,” Roshan said.

He remembers it as a “big blow” as he was even advised to rethink his career.

“What I learnt from then on is that you must arm yourself with enough information and not confine yourself to one person’s point of view.”

The second life-changing moment, he says, was when his father Rakesh Roshan was shot at in 2000.

“It was so disempowering to see him in the hospital with blood on the white sheets. It took away all meaning from what I was doing… From being an actor, doing a dance, doing a comedy scene,” said the 43-year-old.

He says it was then that he reflected on the idea that when something in life disheartens you, it also gives you insight into the reasons why you should be doing something.

“Take positively every single time you feel disempowered as it is an opportunity to learn and to grow,” advised the father-of-two, whose knee injury during the Jodhaa Akbar shoot also gave him reason to think.

“I was doing the climax sequence of Jodhaa Akbar and my knee just gave way.” He had got arthritis in the knee, but he says his belief was stronger than any science.

“It is my belief that there is always a way out if you just keep holding on and walk an extra mile. Never stop seeking and never stop believing that there is and will and can be a way out,” said the actor, who later even dealt with a brain surgery in 2013 for the removal of a clot.

“The brain surgery had a devastating effect again on my future — as in what I could do and what I could not, but by then I was so solid in my head. I felt like there was no stop to my career and the possibilities. So when I look back and join all the dots, every single time that my life seemed that it was over or it seemed like I could not keep going, it was only giving me fodder and information so that one day I could build the HRX [clothing] brand.”

Concluding, the actor shared: “I see my entire journey as a very positive one. Even in something like my separation, which is emotionally the most disempowering situation to be in, I could survive.”

So there’s never a point where we give up if we wish to accomplish our dreams. Adversity and challenges are only part of the journey and it is in our control to overcome them.

Or we could call it a day and conclude defeat.

Source : GN

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