Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath, born September 6, 1949 is an Indian producer, director, screenwriter, editor and former actor in Bollywood. He is the son of Indian music director Roshanlal Nagrath. Roshan’s career started after the untimely death of his father, when he became an assistant director to filmmaker Mohan Kumar in films like Anjaana starring Rajendra Kumar and Babita. It was actor Rajendra Kumar who referred Rakesh Roshan to some film makers and thus got him signed by Soodesh Kumar for Man Mandir starring Sanjeev Kumar and Waheeda Rehman. Later, he went on to make his entry as an actor with his debut film in 1970 Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani, in which he got a supporting role. He got very few roles as a solo hero in his career. The solo roles that he did get were in more women-oriented films where the focus was more on the heroine, such as the films, Paraya Dhan with Hema Malini, Aank Micholi with Bharati, Khubsoorat with Rekha and Kaamchor with Jaya Prada. His few successful solo hero films, with the focus equally on hero and heroine were, Aankhon Aankhon Mein with Rakhee, Nafrat with Yogita Bali, etc. Roshan also 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 in films with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role often. Some of these films included Chalta Purza which was a failure, and Dhanwan, and Awaazand Aakhir Kyon?, both of which were blockbusters. Most of Rakesh Roshan’s other films as second lead hero or solo hero films between 1973 and 1990 were box office flops. Thus, Roshan moved on and set up his own production company, Filmkraft in 1980. Their first production was Aap Ke Deewane, which was a box office flop. HIs next venture was Kaamchor, which became a hit, but the success of the film was attributed to its music and the heroine. Along with his production company, Rakesh Roshan went on to produce several films and also tried to re-launch himself as the lead hero but flopped. Later, he achieved fame for directing films with titles beginning with the letter “K” since 1987. He soon launched his son Hrithik Roshan to stardom and directed his hit movie series Krrish.
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