When Hrithik Roshan almost gave up in life

‘I see my entire journey as a very positive one. Take positively every single time you feel disempowered as it is an opportunity to learn and to grow,’ says the actor

For Hrithik Roshan, life has been the best teacher of lessons he now willingly shares with his wide fanbase. The actor says there have been instances when he almost gave up in life, but he overcame that feeling with a new learning everytime. The actor, who has come up with a video to motivate people to 'Keep Going' in life, 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," Hrithik said. He reminisced the multiple 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," Hrithik said. He remembers it as a "big blow" as he was even advised to rethink his career, which today he finds "foolish". "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 introspected that when something in life disheartens you or disillusions you, it also gives you an insight into the true 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 moved him.

"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 believing that there always is a way out," said the actor, who later even dealt with a brain surgery in 2013 for the removal of a clot."I see my entire journey as a very positive one. Even in something like my separation, which is emotionally the most disempowering situation, I could survive."
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