In 2000, when Hrithik had visited Siri Fort auditorium in Delhi to promote his debut film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, a young lad, Surjeet, waited for hours together to meet the star. However, due to the huge chaos at the venue, the police had to turn the fans away. "Mujhe wahan se dande maarke bhagaya gaya tha (I was beaten up and thrown out of the place)," he recalls.
Surjeet revealed that he was not interested in dance until 2000, when Hrithik made a debut in Bollywood. "He has always been an inspiration to me. In fact, I learnt to dance by watching him on TV and copying his steps," said the young dancer, who has now set his journey with a career in dancing.
Surjeet told that he was so crazy about the actor that he named his niece after Hrithik's name as 'Hrithika'. "When my brother's daughter was born, I wanted her name somehow to be related to Hrithik, so I convinced everyone to name her Hrithika. I feel I have a special connection with him because even my own daughter was born on the same day as he January 10," Surjeet said.
"When I met him and performed in front of him, it was seriously like a dream come true. I call him 'Sirji' and he too calls me 'Surjeet sirji'," the participant told.