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Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath, better known as Rakesh Roshan, is an Indian actor, producer, director, screenwriter, and music director who works in the Hindi film industry. He started his career as an assistant director to filmmaker Mohan Kumar and then made his acting debut in 1970 in the movie Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani.
Rakesh was signed up mostly for supporting roles and received few roles in which he played the lead. From 1970 to 2020, he featured in almost 100 movies, produced almost 20 films, and directed over 10. He is also a recipient of numerous awards, among them the National Film Award and the Filmfare Awards.
After making his debut in 1970, Rakesh went on to feature in three movies in 1971, namely, Seema, Man Mandir, and Paraya Dhan. They were followed by Aankhon Aankhon Mein (Lead Role), Buniyaad, and Aankh Micholi in 1972. In 1973, he starred in Nafrat (Lead Role), and Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara, followed by Madhosh, Trimurti, and Goonj in 1974, and Zakhmee, Khel Khel Mein, and Aakraman in 1975. In 1976, he featured in Bullet, Ginny Aur Johnny (Special Appearance), and Raeeszada (Special Appearance).
In 1977, Rakesh featured in five movies, namely, Anand Ashram, Chalta Purza, Priyatama, Hatyara, and Haiwan (Cameo). In 1978, he starred in Dil Aur Deewaar, Devata, Khatta Meetha, and Aahuti, followed by Ganga Aur Geeta (Cameo), Jhoota Kahin Ka, Dhongee (Guest Appearance), Khandaan, Prem Jaal, Iqraar, and Aangan Ki Kali (Lead Role) in 1979.
Rakesh first tried his hand at production in 1980 in the movie Aap Ke Deewane of which he was also an actor. The same year he starred in movies Unees-Bees, Neeyat, Pyaara Dushman, and Khubsoorat. In 1981, he starred in the movies Bhula Na Dena (Lead Role), Dhanwan (Nominated for Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor), Haqdaar (Lead Role), and Jeene Ki Arzoo. In 1982 in Hamari Bahu Alka (Lead Role), Haathkadi, Jeevan Dhaara, Shriman Shrimati, Vakil Babu (Lead Role), Teesri Aankh, Karwat, Kaamchor (Lead Actor/Producer), and Baawri.
From 1983 to 1988, Rakesh featured in Shubh Kaamna (1983), Jeet Hamaari (1983), Awaaz (1984), Jaag Utha Insan (Actor/Producer-1984), Mahaguru (1985), Aakhir Kyon? (1985), Zulm Ka Badla (1985), Kala Suraj (1985), Khamosh Nigahen (Lead Actor-1986), Ek Aur Sikander (1986), Anubhav (Cameo-1986), and Daku Hasina (Lead Actor-1987). The year 1987 also marked his debut as a director, with him not only directing but producing the movie Khudgarz.
Rakesh, who began to take on the role of producer and director more, in 1988, produced and directed the movie Khoon Bhari Maang, which became a critical and commercial success. He had made a guest appearance in the movie. In 1989, he starred in Bahurani, and directed the movie Kala Bazaar, and in 1990, he directed and produced the movie Kishen Kanhaiya. Then in 1992, he directed the movie Khel, followed by the movie King Uncle in 1993 which he directed and produced. In 1995, he produced and directed Karan Arjun, then starred in Akele Hum Akele Tum.
In 1996, Rakesh starred in the movie Aurat Aurat Aurat, and in 1997 he produced and directed the movie Koyla. In 1999 he starred in the movie Mother, and then produced and directed movie Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in 2000, and the same year directed movie Karobaar: The Business of Love. In 2003 he acted, produced and directed movie Koi... Mil Gaya, and repeated the same in 2006 movie Krrish.
Rakesh had a cameo role in the movie Om Shanti Om in 2007, and then as a producer, he produced the movie Krazzy 4 in 2008, Kites in 2010, Krrish 3 in 2013 as well as directed it, and produced the movie Kaabil under his banner FilmKraft Productions.
Rakesh Roshan was born on September 6, 1949 in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra to Roshanlal Nagrath and Ira Roshan and he has one brother. He studied at the Sainik School, Satar and later at the Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune. He is married to Pinky Roshan and has one son, actor Hrithik Roshan, and one daughter, Sunaina Roshan. In January 2019, Rakesh was diagnosed with early-stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat.
On January 21, 2000, Rakesh was shot at by two Budesh gang members near his office on Tilak Road at Santacruz West. The reason given was that he 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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