Rakesh Roshan

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Rakesh Roshan
Rakesh Roshan returns from IIFA 2012 10.jpg
Roshan in 2012
Born (1949-09-06) 6 September 1949 (age 67)[1]
Bombay, Bombay State, India
(now Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, producer, actor, screen writer, editor
Years active 1970–present
Notable work
Home town Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Spouse(s) Pinky Roshan
Children Hrithik Roshan
Sunaina Roshan
Parent(s) Roshan
Relatives Rajesh Roshan (brother);J. Om Prakash (father-in-law)

Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath, better known as Rakesh Roshan, (born 6 September 1949) is an Indian producer, director and former actor in Bollywood films. He appeared in 84 films throughout the 1970s, 1980s till 1989. As an actor, he was mostly known for his supporting roles in big budget films starring Sanjeev Kumar or Rajesh Khanna in the lead role. Later he achieved fame for directing films with titles beginning with the letter "K" since 1987. He is the father of actor Hrithik Roshan. His most notable works are Khudgarz, Khoon Bhari Maang, Kishen Kanhaiya, Karan Arjun, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, Koi... Mil Gaya and Krrish (film series). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Director for Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai and Koi... Mil Gaya.

Early life[edit]

Born in a Punjabi family,[3] Roshan's father was the Bollywood music director Roshan, and his younger brother Rajesh Roshan is also a music director. Rakesh is married to Pinky, daughter of director J. Om Prakash. His son, Hrithik Roshan, is an actor. He also has a daughter, Sunaina. He studied in Sainik School, Satara, Maharashtra.



Roshan started his career as an actor making his debut in the 1970 film Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani in which he got a supporting role. He got very few solo hero films in his career. He got solo hero roles as a hero in more women-oriented films where the focus would be more on the heroine like Paraya Dhan with Hema Malini, Aankh Micholi with Bharati, Khubsoorat with Rekha, Kaamchor with Jaya Prada. His few successful solo hero films, with focus equal on both hero and heroine were Aankhon Aankhon Mein with Rakhee, Nafrat with Yogita Bali, Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara with Leena Chandaravarkar, Hamari Bahu Alka with Bindiya Goswami, Shubh Kaamna with Rati Agnihotri. J.Omprakash produced Ankhon Ankhon Mein with Rakesh in the lead. Later J.Omprakash directed Aakraman with Sanjeev Kumar in the lead and had Rakesh Roshan in supporting role and then produced Aakhir Kyun, with Rajesh Khanna in the lead and Rakesh in supporting role. Rakesh played supporting roles in few successful films like Man Mandir with Sanjeev Kumar in the lead, Khel Khel Mein with Rishi Kapoor in the lead, Bullet (1976 film) with Devanand as the hero, Hatyara with Vinod Khanna in lead role, Dhongee with Randhir Kapoor, Khandaan with Jeetendra, Neeyat with Shashi Kapoor as the lead hero. He played supporting roles regularly in films with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role and of them Chalta Purza was a failure and other three were blockbusters- Dhanwan (1981 film), Awaaz and Aakhir Kyon?. The few multi-star cast films he was part of as the lead hero to be successful between 1977–1986 were Devata, Shriman Shrimati and Hathkadi, all of which had Sanjeev Kumar as the main lead hero and Jaag Utha Insan and Ek Aur Sikander, which had Mithun Chakrborthy in main lead and other hits like Dil Aur Deewaar, Khatta Meetha (1978 film), Unees-Bees (1980), Maqaar (1986). Most of his other films as second lead hero or solo hero films between 1973 and 1990 were box office flops.

Roshan set up his own production company Filmkraft in 1980 and their first production was Aap Ke Deewane (1980), which was a box office flop. His next venture was Kaamchor, which was produced by him, which became a hit but success of this film was attributed to its music and the heroine. His next solo hero film Shubkaamna directed by K. Vishwanath was a hit. He tried to re-launch himself as lead hero with Bhagwan Dada (1986), directed by J. Om Prakash and starring Rajnikanth as the main lead and himself in second lead. But Bhagwan Dada was a flop. Between 1984–1990 he only got supporting roles with exception of Bahurani. The multi star films where he was the second lead like Maqaar and Ek Aur Sikander were successful. His last film as a leading hero was Bahurani, which was a woman oriented film starring Rekha in the lead directed by Manik Chatterjee and released in 1989.


Roshan with his son Hrithik Roshan and Thakur Doultani

He made his directorial debut with Khudgarz (1987) and went on to direct box office hits such as Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Karan Arjun (1995), and Madhuri Dixit starrer Koyla (1997). However his other directorial ventures flopped. During this time from 1990–1999 he only acted occasionally in films making guest appearances and focused mostly on direction. He launched his son Hrithik's career as an actor with Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000). Rakesh Roshan later revealed that this film was inspired from storyline of Aradhana starring Rajesh Khanna. [4] This film, the highest grosser of 2000, entered the Limca Book of Records for the most number of awards won by a Bollywood film. He directed his son again in the 2003 science fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya, which fetched him the Filmfare award 2004 for best director,[5] and its sequel, the science fiction superhero film Krrish (2006) both of which were also very successful at the box office.[6] In 2008 he produced the film Krazzy 4. In 2010 he released a Bollywood meets Hollywood crossover film titled Kites. Another version of this film was released internationally, and known as Brett Ratner presents Kites: The Remix. This version was shorter, and mainly toned down the amount of musical numbers. His latest film as producer was Kaabil, which released on 25th Jan 2017. The film stars "Hrithik Roshan" and "Yami Gautam" and it grossed over Rs. 100 Crores at box office.


On 21 January 2000, Roshan was shot at by two Budesh gang members near his office on Tilak Road at Santacruz West.[7] The assailants fired two bullets at him, one of which hit him on the left arm while the other grazed his chest. As the director fell to the ground, the assailants fled the scene.[8] The assailants were later identified as Sunil Vithal Gaikwad and Sachin Kamble. The attack on Roshan was not undertaken with the intent to kill, but to signal that the Shiv Sena could no longer protect its clients. Roshan had stonewalled demands from Budesh for a percentage of the profits from the overseas sale of the Hindi blockbuster, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai.[9]


Selected filmography[edit]

As an actor[edit]

As a director[edit]

As a producer[edit]

Roshan has produced films under the banner Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd.[12][13]


Year Award Category Film
2004 National Film Awards Best Film on Social Issues Koi Mil Gaya
2001 Filmfare Awards Best Film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai
Best Director
2004 Best Film Koi Mil Gaya
Best Director
2001 IIFA Awards Best Film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai
Best Director
2004 Koi Mil Gaya
2007 Creative Person of the Year Krrish
2009 Golden Decade Honour for Best Director Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya
2001 Zee Cine Awards Best Film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai
Best Director
2004 Best Film Koi Mil Gaya
Best Director
2004 Apsara Awards Best Film Koi Mil Gaya
Best Director
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award all his film
2001 Bollywood Movie Awards Best Film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai
Best Director


  1. ^ "Inside Rakesh Roshan's 64th birthday bash". NDTV. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "What I don't like about Hrithik is that he trusts everybody: Rakesh Roshan". The Times Of India. 
  3. ^ What I don’t like about Hrithik is that he trusts everybody: Rakesh Roshan – Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (17 October 2013). Retrieved on 2016-07-03.
  4. ^ https://mdaily.bhaskar.com/news/ENT-BOW-roshan-kaabil-interview-5497798-NOR.html
  5. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2004: Winners List". Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  7. ^ The stars and the dons. Hinduonnet.com (11 November 2000). Retrieved on 2016-07-03.
  8. ^ Rakesh Roshan shot at. Rediff.com (21 January 2000). Retrieved on 2016-07-03.
  9. ^ Swami, Praveen (June 2000). "Of politics and profit". Frontline. 17 (11). 
  10. ^ "Hrithik Roshan honoured at IFFI : Bollywood News". ApunKaChoice.Com. 3 December 2006. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "'Lage Raho Munnabhai' adjudged best film in Malaysia : Bollywood News". ApunKaChoice.Com. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Filmkraft Productions (India) Pvt Ltd | Box Office India : India's premier film trade magazine". Box Office India. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Graphic India and Filmkraft launch Krrish comics | Business Standard News". Business-standard.com. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 

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