Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan's persistent knee injury problem had made him seriously think of giving up acting and he was planning to turn singer or director. But his knee improved after surgery and he was able to shoot for Kites.
"I worked on Kites only for seven months. Before that I was trying to treat my knee. For six months there was no sign of recovering from my knee pain. That time I thought either I will turn to singing or direct a film," Roshan said.
"I knew if I want to be an actor then I would be an actor and never compromise on my work. If I couldn't dance, if I couldn't jump, then I didn't want to be an actor. I was going through all those thoughts at that time."
Roshan's knee trouble began when he did some daring stunts in Krrish and Dhoom 2, and endured several injuries during the shooting of Kites.
"When I heard of Kites from Anurag Basu, I could imagine the scenes and could see my face in the character. His vision was so strong that it passed on to me. I was seeing myself doing all those things and at that time I said to myself that if I can see it in my head then it will manifest, somehow. I jumped up after that and said — ‘This is what I was looking for and I will do this film.'"
After completing Kites, Roshan says he feels all his movies in the past 10 years were like a preparation for him to play Jay, his character in the movie.
"Whatever film I did before Kites was a preparation for getting me ready for Kites. I call the phase before Koi… Mil Gaya as a reference phase of my life. I had seen somebody doing something and I wanted to do the same way. From Koi… Mil Gaya I started to enjoy the true flight of an actor."