Rakesh Roshan: A Journey from Obscurity to Icon

Rakesh Roshan

Against All Odds: The Inspiring Success Story of Rakesh Roshan

Rakesh Roshan is an Indian actor, director, producer & screenwriter. He works for Hindi films. He has appeared in around 84 movies during his career. He was mostly known for his supporting roles in big-budget movies. Since 1987, he begins direction with the letter “K”.

As a film maker, his popular movies are such as Khudgarz, Khoon Bhari Maang, Kishen Kanaiya, Kaho Naa… Pyar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrsh etc. All these movies are commercially successful. He received the Filmfare Award for Best Film and Best Director for Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai and Koi… Mil Gaya.

Early and personal life

Roshan was born on 6th September 1949. He is the son of Indian music director Roshan & Indian Bengali singer Ira Roshan.

Roshan married to Pinky Roshan in 1970. Pinky Roshan was the adopted daughter of director J Om Prakash. A son Hrithik is a well-known Hindi film actor. And a daughter Sunaina Roshan.


After the untimely death of his father Roshan, Rakesh started his career as an assistant director to film-maker Mohan Kumar with the film Anjaana. From that film actor Rajendra Kumar referred him to some film-makers.

In 1970, he made his acting debut with the film Ghar Ghar Ki Kahai as a supporting actor. Later he did some more films like Paraya Dhan, Aankh Micholi, Khubsoorat, Kamchor, Aankhon Aankhon Mein, Nafrat, Hamari Bahu Alka etc. He was one of the part of few multi-star cast films like Devata, Shriman Shrimati, Hathkadi, Dil Aur Deewaar.

In 1980, he set up his own production company Filmkraft. Aap Ke Deewane was their first production. Kaamchor was his next venture. Even his Shubh Kamna was also hit. In 1986, he tried to re-launch himself as a lead hero with Bhagwaan Dada, but unfortunately it was flop.

In 1987, he made his directorial debut with the action drama Khudgarz with Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Govinda, Bhanupriya, Amrita Singh & Neelam. It was a huge commercial success.
Later in 1988, he directed Khoon Bhari Maang with Rekha, Kabir Bedi & Sonu Walia.

It was also a block buster hit. It earned Rekha her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress, in addition to Roshan’s first nominations for Best Film and Best Director. In 1990, he followed it up with Kishan Kanhaiya.

His next directorial venture was Karan Arjun in 1995 with Rakhee Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Mamta Kulkarni & Amrish Puri in lead roles. It was also a hit film.

He followed it up with the action comedy Kishen Kanhaiya in 1990, starring Anil Kapoor in a double role, alongside Madhuri Dixit and Shilpa Shirodkar. It earned Roshan his second nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Film and Best Director.

His next direction was the action thriller Koyla in 1997 starring Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit.
On 21 January 2000, Roshan was shot at by two Budesh gang members near his office on Tilak Road at Santacruz, Mumbai.

He launched his son Hrithik’s career as an actor with the musical romantic thriller Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai in 2000 alongside debutante Ameesha Patel. The film received positive reviews from critics upon release, and emerged as the second highest-grossing Indian film of the year.

It won Rakesh his first Filmfare Award for Best Film and Best Director, in addition to entering the Limca Book of Records for the most awards won by a Bollywood film.

In 2003, he directed his son again, alongside Rekha and Preity Zinta, in a science-fiction film Koi… Mil Gaya. It earned Rakesh his second consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Film and Best Director.

For the third time he directed his son for in its sequel, the science-fiction superhero film Krrish in 2006, alongside Priyanka Chopra, Rekha and Naseeruddin Shah.

The film received positive reviews upon release, and emerged as a trend-setter, bringing in Hindi cinema’s first superhero. Krrish earned Rakesh his fifth nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Film and Best Director.

In 2008, he produced the comedy thriller Krazzy 4. In 2010, he produced the Bollywood-meets-Hollywood crossover film titled Kites. It was directed by Anurag Basu and starring Hrithik alongside Mexican actress Bárbara Mori.

The film received mixed-to-negative reviews upon release, and emerged as a commercial failure at the box-office.

His next directorial was Krrish 3 in 2013, the third film of the Krrish franchise. With Hrithik and Chopra reprising their roles from the previous film, it also starred Vivek Oberoi and Kangana Ranaut.

Again the film received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics upon release and emerged as a major commercial success at the box-office, ranking as the third highest-grossing Indian film of the year.

In 2017, he directed the romantic action thriller Kaabil, starring Hrithik alongside Yami Gautam.
He is next set to direct Krrish 4, with Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra reprising their roles. However, the film has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


On 3rd December 2006, Rakesh was honoured during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji for his contribution to mainstream cinema.

On 11 December 2006, he was honoured during the Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA) for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema over the past 35 years.

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