But after 14 years as a paraplegic, Ethan decides that he wants
to die and petitions a court for the right to commit suicide.
As he struggles through legal red tape, he decides to pass on
his magical knowledge to Omar Siddiqui (Aditya Roy Kapoor).
"Mercy killing in this film is from the point of view
of the character...that after doing so much, why did he want
to die? Till the time he was healthy, he was proudly living
his life, even though he couldn't move, he didn't complain.
But when he finds out that his body is going...liver, kidney,
lungs, all are failing then it strikes him," Hrithik said.
Hrithik, who has essayed a variety of roles in films as diverse
as "Mission Kashmir", "Lakshya", "Dhoom
2", "Koi Mil Gaya", "Krrish" and "Jodhaa
Akhbar", says playing Ethan changed his life.
"When I was reading the script, that was a time when the
doctors had said that my knee will not be okay. At that time,
I was already in a state of mind that helped me to identify
with the script. And the beauty of it is that after reading
the script, I wasn't depressed. I was depressed when I started
to read the script, but after reading it, I wasn't depressed
about my knee," the 36-year-old Hrithik said.
"It taught me something and I woke up with a smile. I
said whatever happens, knee or no knee, I will do this film.
I got that attitude and through this film, I want to spread
this across. I feel that every single human being, whether they
like films or they don't, they should see this film," he
Hrithik revelaed that he met a lot of patients to understand
his role better and get into the skin of his character.
"I used to spend six hours with the patients, initially
once a week and then once a month. I used to go to understand
what they go through, what they think, what their needs are.
They have taught me a lot of things. So if I have benefited
from this experience so much, I am sure that when people see
the film and understand the character, they will get a lot to
learn," he said.