Rakesh Roshan (born Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath on 6 September 1949) is an Indian producer, director, screenwriter, editor, former actor and music director in Hindi films. He is the son of Roshanlal Nagrath, who was born in Gujranwala, Punjab. 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.
Roshan at the IIFA Awards in 2012
Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath
6 September 1949
Bombay, Bombay State, Dominion of India (present-day Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)
|Children||2, Sunaina Roshan and Hrithik Roshan|
|Parent(s)||Roshan and Aparna|
|Relatives||See Roshan family|
In January 2019, Roshan had been diagnosed with early-stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat.
After his father's untimely death, Roshan started his career as an assistant director to film maker Mohan Kumar in films like An jaana 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 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.
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 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 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 story line of Aradhana, starring Rajesh Khanna. 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, (fetching him the Filmfare award 2004 for best director), and its sequel, the science fiction superhero film Krrish (2006), both of which were also very successful at the box office. 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.
On 21 January 2000, Roshan was shot at by two Budesh gang members near his office on Tilak Road at Santacruz West. 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. 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.
- Roshan was honoured on 3 December 2006 during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji for his contribution to mainstream cinema.
- On 11 December 2006, Roshan was honoured during the Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA) for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema over the past 35 years.
|1970||Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani||Suresh|
|1972||Aankhon Aankhon Mein||Rakesh Rai|
|1973||Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara||Harish Bhatia|
|1975||Khel Khel Mein||Vikram aka Vicky|
|1975||Aakraman||Lieutenant Sunil Mehra|
|1976||Ginny Aur Johnny||Special Appearance|
|1977||Anand Ashram||Dr. Prakash|
|1977||Chalta Purza||Police Inspector Sunil Verma|
|1978||Dil Aur Deewaar||Chandu|
|1979||Ganga Aur Geeta||Friendly Appearance|
|1979||Jhoota Kahin Ka||Vijay Rai / Vikram|
|1979||Dhongee||Police Inspector Thapa|
|1979||Khandaan (1979 film)||Rakesh Dinanath|
|1979||Aangan Ki Kali||Anmol|
|1980||Aap Ke Deewane||Rahim|
|1981||Bhula Na Dena||Arun|
|1981||Khatta Meetha||Firoze Sethna|
|1981||Jeene Ki Arzoo||Ravi|
|1982||Hamari Bahu Alka||Pratapchand|
|1982||Begunaah Qaidi||Guest Role|
|1982||Jeevan Dhaara||Kanwal Pal Singh|
|1982||Shriman Shrimati||Rajesh Kumar|
|1982||Vakil Babu||Prem Oberoi|
|1982||Teesri Aankh (1982 film)||Anand Nath|
|1982||Waqt Waqt Ki Baat||Inspector Shankar|
|1984||Main Qatil Hoon||Guest Role|
|1984||Awaaz||Inspector Vijay Gupta|
|1984||Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye||Ashok|
|1984||Jaag Utha Insan||Brahmanand Chaturvedi (Nandu)|
|1985||Pyaase Honth||Guest Role|
|1985||Bahu Ki Awaaz||Vimal Srivastav|
|1985||Aakhir Kyon?||Kabir Suri|
|1985||Zulm Ka Badla||Inspector Anil Verma|
|1985||Kala Suraj||Police Officer Pratap Singh|
|1986||Khamosh Nigahen||Special Appearance|
|1986||Ek Aur Sikander||Boga Seth|
|1987||Mera Yaar Mera Dushman||Ashok|
|1987||Daku Hasina||S.P. Ranjit Saxena|
|1988||Ramkudi Jhamkudi||Special Appearance (Rajasthani Film)|
|1988||Be Lagaam||Special Appearance|
|1988||Khoon Bhari Maang||Vikram Saxena|
|1992||Khel||Tara Jaisingh's Manager|
|1995||Pyar Do Pyar Lo||Guest Role (Delayed film)|
|1995||Akele Hum Akele Tum||Paresh Kapoor|
|1996||Aurat Aurat Aurat||Rakesh "Guddu"|
|2000||Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai|
|2000||Karobaar: The Business of Love|
|2003||Koi... Mil Gaya||Sanjay Mehra (Rohit's Father)|
|2006||Krrish||Sanjay Mehra (In Dream Sequence)|
|2007||Om Shanti Om||Rakesh Roshan (Cameo)|
As a director, Roshan is known for making films with his son Hrithik 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'.
|2004||Koi Mil Gaya||National Film Awards||Best Film on Social Issues|
|2001||Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai||Filmfare Awards||Best Film|
|2004||Koi Mil Gaya||Best Film|
|2001||Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai||IIFA Awards||Best Film|
|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|
|2004||Koi Mil Gaya||Best Film|
|2004||Koi Mil Gaya||Apsara Awards||Best Film|
|2015||all his films||Lifetime Achievement Award|
|2001||Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai||Bollywood Movie Awards||Best Film|
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- "'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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