Hrithik's first major flop was Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002) where his first heroine, Amisha Patel was paired with him again. The expectations from the two were very high and the film just didn't deliver. His second film the same year- Naa Tum Jano Na Hum- opposite Esha Deol- also failed to impress the audience. Mujhse Dosti Karoge- also in that year was yet another dud despite him being paired opposite Kareena and Rani Mukherjee.
Hrithik's first release in 2003, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon- with Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor, continued the lukewarm response his last few films had got.