Rakesh Roshan

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Rakesh Roshan
Rakesh Roshan in February 2020.jpg
Roshan in February 2020
Born
Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath

(1949-09-06) 6 September 1949 (age 71)[1]
OccupationFilm producer, director, screenwriter, and actor
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Pinky Roshan
Children2, including Hrithik Roshan
Parent(s)Roshan and Aparna
RelativesSee Roshan family

Rakesh Roshan (born Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath on 6 September 1949) is an Indian film producer, director, screenwriter, and actor who works in Hindi films. He is the son of Indian music director Roshanlal Nagrath. He appeared in 84 films throughout the 1970s and 1980s till 1989. As an actor, he was mostly known for his supporting roles in big-budget films starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rajesh Khanna in the lead role. Later, he achieved fame for directing films with titles beginning with the letter "K" since 1987. As a filmmaker, his most notable work includes the drama Khudgarz (1987), the revenge drama Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), the comedy-drama Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), the crime thriller Karan Arjun (1995), the romance Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), the science fiction Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and the superhero Krrish film series (2006—2013). Roshan won the Filmfare Award for Best Director for directing the films; Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai and Koi... Mil Gaya. He is the father of actor Hrithik Roshan.

In January 2019, Roshan was diagnosed with early-stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat.[2]

Career[edit]

1970-1990[edit]

After his father's (Roshan Lal Nagrath) untimely death, Roshan started his career as an assistant director to film maker Mohan Kumar in films like Anjaana starring Rajendra Kumar and Babita. Actor Rajendra Kumar referred him to some film makers and thus he was signed by Soodesh Kumar for Man Mandir starring Sanjeev Kumar and Waheeda Rehman. But he made his entry 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 in more women-oriented films where the focus was more on the heroine, such as Paraya Dhan with Hema Malini, Aankh Micholi with Bharati, Khubsoorat with Rekha and Kaamchor with Jaya Prada. His few successful solo hero films, with the focus equally on both hero and heroine, were Aankhon Aankhon Mein with Rakhee, Nafrat with Yogita Bali, Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara with Leena Chandavarkar, Hamari Bahu Alka with Bindiya Goswami and Shubh Kaamna with Rati Agnihotri. J. Om Prakash produced Aankhon Aankhon Mein with Rakesh in the lead. Later, J. Om Prakash directed Aakraman, with Sanjeev Kumar in the lead, and had Rakesh in a supporting role, and then produced Aakhir Kyun?, with Rajesh Khanna in the lead and Rakesh in a supporting role. Rakesh played supporting roles in a few successful films such as Man Mandir with Sanjeev Kumar in the lead, Khel Khel Mein with Rishi Kapoor in the lead, Bullet with Dev Anand as the hero, Hatyara with Vinod Khanna in the lead, Dhongee with Randhir Kapoor, Khandaan with Jeetendra and Neeyat with Shashi Kapoor as the lead hero. He played supporting roles regularly in films with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role and of those, Chalta Purza was a failure and the other three were blockbusters - Dhanwan, Awaaz and Aakhir Kyon?. The few multi-star cast films he was part of as the lead hero that were successful between 1977 and 1986 were Devata, Shriman Shrimati and Haathkadi, all of which had Sanjeev Kumar as the main lead hero and Jaag Utha Insan and Ek Aur Sikander, which had Mithun Chakraborty in the main lead, and other hits such as Dil Aur Deewaar, Khatta Meetha, Unees-Bees (1980) and 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, also produced by him, which became a hit, but the success of this film was attributed to its music and the heroine. His next solo hero film Shubh Kaamna, directed by K. Vishwanath, was a hit. He tried to re-launch himself as a lead hero with Bhagwaan Dada (1986), directed by J. Om Prakash and starring Rajinikanth as the main lead and himself in the second lead. But Bhagwaan Dada was a flop. Between 1984 and 1990 he only got supporting roles, with the exception of Bahurani. The multi-star films where he was the second lead, such as 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, which was directed by Manik Chatterjee and released in 1989.

1990–present[edit]

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 the Shahrukh Khan 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 directing. 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 by the storyline of Aradhana, starring Rajesh Khanna.[3] This film, the highest grosser of 2000, entered the Limca Book of Records for the most awards won by a Bollywood film. He directed his son again in the 2003 science fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya, (fetching him the Filmfare award 2004 for best director),[4] and its sequel, the science fiction superhero film Krrish (2006), both of which were also very successful at the box office.[5] 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 25 Jan 2017. The film stars Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam, and it grossed over Rs. 100 Crores at the box office.

2000 Assassination Attempt[edit]

On 21 January 2000, Roshan was shot at by two Budesh gang members near his office on Tilak Road at Santacruz West.[6] 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.[7] 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 all-time blockbuster; Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai.[8]

Honors[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Producer Director Actor
1970 Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani Suresh
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1971 Seema
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Man Mandir Ramu
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Paraya Dhan Shankar
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1972 Aankhon Aankhon Mein Rakesh Rai
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Buniyaad Ajit Kumar
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Aankh Micholi Ravi
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1973 Nafrat Prakash Kumar
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Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara Harish Bhatia
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1974 Madhosh Goldie
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Trimurti Nandu
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Goonj Rakesh Kumar
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1975 Zakhmee Amar
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Khel Khel Mein Vikram aka Vicky
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Aakraman Lieutenant Sunil Mehra
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1976 Bullet Inspector Rajesh
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Ginny Aur Johnny Special Appearance
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Raeeszada Special Appearance
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1977 Anand Ashram Dr. Prakash
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Chalta Purza Police Inspector Sunil Verma
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Priyatama Rakesh
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Hatyara Inspector Prakash
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Haiwan Friendly Appearance
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1978 Dil Aur Deewaar Chandu
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Devata George
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Aahuti Bharat Prasad
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1979 Ganga Aur Geeta Friendly Appearance
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Jhoota Kahin Ka Vijay Rai / Vikram
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Dhongee Police Inspector Thapa
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Khandaan Rakesh Dinanath
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Prem Jaal Mahender
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Iqraar Hero
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Aangan Ki Kali Anmol
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1980 Aap Ke Deewane Rahim
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Unees-Bees Dev
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Neeyat Ajay
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Pyaara Dushman Raja
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Khoobsurat Inder Gupta
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1981 Bhula Na Dena Arun
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Naari
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Khatta Meetha Firoze Sethna
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Daasi Anoop
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Dhanwaan Anil
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Hotel Vijay
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Haqdaar Rakesh
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Jeene Ki Arzoo Ravi
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1982 Hamari Bahu Alka Pratapchand
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Haathkadi Baldev Mittal
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Begunaah Qaidi Guest Role
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Jeevan Dhaara Kanwal Pal Singh
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Shriman Shrimati Rajesh Kumar
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Vakil Babu Prem Oberoi
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Teesri Aankh (1982 film) Anand Nath
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Karwat Ashok
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Kaamchor Suraj
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Waqt Waqt Ki Baat Inspector Shankar
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Baawri Shyam Bhardwaj
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1983 Shubh Kaamna Ratan
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Jeet Hamaari Anand
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1984 Main Qatil Hoon Guest Role
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Hanste Khelte Rakesh
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Awaaz Inspector Vijay Gupta
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Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye Ashok
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Jaag Utha Insan Brahmanand Chaturvedi (Nandu)
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1985 Pyaase Honth Guest Role
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Bahu Ki Awaaz Vimal Srivastav
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Mahaguru Subhash
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Aakhir Kyon? Kabir Suri
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Zulm Ka Badla Inspector Anil Verma
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Patthar Dil Chander
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Kala Suraj Police Officer Pratap Singh
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Haveli Kumar Saxena
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1986 Maqaar Special Appearance
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Khamosh Nigahen Special Appearance
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Bhagwaan Dada Swaroop
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Ek Aur Sikander Boga Seth
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Anubhav Amit Kumar
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1987 Mera Yaar Mera Dushman Ashok
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Daku Hasina S.P. Ranjit Saxena
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Khudgarz
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1988 Ramkudi Jhamkudi Special Appearance (Rajasthani Film)
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Be Lagaam Special Appearance
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Paigham Naasir Khaan
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Khoon Bhari Maang Vikram Saxena
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1989 Bahurani Amit Chaudhary
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Kala Bazaar
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1990 Shararat Guest Role
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Kishen Kanhaiya
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1992 Khel Tara Jaisingh's Manager
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1993 King Uncle
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1995 Pyar Do Pyar Lo Guest Role (Delayed film)
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Karan Arjun
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Akele Hum Akele Tum Paresh Kapoor
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1996 Aurat Aurat Aurat Rakesh "Guddu"
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1997 Koyla
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1999 Mother Amar Khanna
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2000 Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
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Karobaar: The Business of Love
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2003 Koi... Mil Gaya Sanjay Mehra (Rohit's Father)
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2006 Krrish Sanjay Mehra (In Dream Sequence)
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2007 Om Shanti Om Rakesh Roshan (Cameo)
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2008 Krazzy 4
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2010 Kites
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2013 Krrish 3
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2017 Kaabil
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2021 Krrish 4
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Frequent collaborations[edit]

As a director, Roshan is known for making films with his son Hrithik Roshan and having music directed by his brother Rajesh Roshan. Other actors he has frequently collaborated with include Rekha, Anil Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Amrish Puri. As a director, his every film's name have starting with 'K'.

Awards[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inside Rakesh Roshan's 64th birthday bash". NDTV. 6 September 2013. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Rakesh Roshan diagnosed with early-stage throat cancer". Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ "GDPR". Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2004: Winners List". Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  6. ^ The stars and the dons Archived 28 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Hinduonnet.com (11 November 2000). Retrieved on 2016-07-03.
  7. ^ Rakesh Roshan shot at Archived 3 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Rediff.com (21 January 2000). Retrieved on 2016-07-03.
  8. ^ Swami, Praveen (June 2000). "Of politics and profit". Frontline. 17 (11). Archived from the original on 7 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Hrithik Roshan honoured at IFFI : Bollywood News". ApunKaChoice.Com. 3 December 2006. Archived from the original on 5 March 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  10. ^ "'Lage Raho Munnabhai' adjudged best film in Malaysia : Bollywood News". ApunKaChoice.Com. 11 December 2006. Archived from the original on 25 March 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.

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