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 1990. 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.Born in a Punjabi family, 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 and directed Aakraman with Rakesh in the lead and then produced Aakhir Kyun, with Rakesh in supporting role. He played supporting roles in few successful films like Man Mandir, Khel Khel Main, Bullet, Hatyara, Dhongee, Khandaan, Neeyat.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.
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