Rakesh Roshan, who will be completing five decades in the film industry, talks about Bollywood and his plans for India’s most famous superhero Krrish.
Born: 6 September 1949 . Zodiac/Star Sign: Virgo . Nickname: Guddu . Hobbies: Cooking
Son of Bollywood music director Roshan, Rakesh Roshan is one director who makes movies at his own leisurely pace. After completing almost 50 years in the industry Rakesh is content with life and also happy with his decision to ‘move on’ at the right time.
“When I realised my films [as an actor] weren’t working, I knew it was time to move over to the other side. I started off as a producer and went on to direct films. There has been no looking back ever since,” Rakesh Roshan.
Rajesh started his acting career in the 1970 film Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani. Rajesh Roshan set up his own production company in 1980 and produced a few films before making his directorial debut with the film Khudgarz (1987). Since then there has been no looking back. He went on to direct films like Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Karan Arjun (1995), Koyla (1997). Rajesh launched his son Hrithik with Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), worked with him again in Koi Mil Gaya (2003), followed by the Krissh franchise.
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In 2000, Roshan was shot at by unidentified assailants 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. Rajesh was taken to the Nanavati hospital where Dr. Sharad Pandey, father of Chunkey Pandey, successfully operated on him. Roshan had rejected demands from Budesh (gangster) for a percentage of the profits from the overseas sale of the Hindi blockbuster, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. 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 is currently working on Krrish 4, and promises to take the tech game in India one notch above.
“In terms of technology, we will make sure Krrish 4 is a breakthrough sci-fi film. Once we have a story in place, we will reach out to the best stunt directors and VFX teams to make it a world-class film. But unlike a Hollywood superhero film which wows with technology alone, Krrish is a mystical, magical figure, whose power people should believe in. I am looking for the emotional hook to pivot the narrative. People are always in such a hurry to make their films. What’s the rush?”
Watch: Krrish battling the deadly mutants in Krrish 3