Born on September 6, 1949, Rakesh Roshan embarked on his cinematic journey in 1967 and made his acting debut with Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani, which released in 1970. However, The film, which starred Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy and Om Prakash in lead roles, hadn't performed well at the Box Office.
In picture: Rakesh Roshan with Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor in 'Khel Khel Mein', one of Bollywood's best suspense thrillers.
Rakesh Roshan went on to entertain the audience as an actor with films like Khatta Meetha, Khel Khel Mein and Khoobsurat.
You will be surprised to know Rakesh Roshan appeared in 84 films throughout from 1970s to 1989.
As an actor, Rakesh Roshan was mostly known for his supporting roles in big-budget films, which mostly starred Sanjeev Kumar and Rajesh Khanna as its lead face.
Rakesh Roshan ventured into filmmaking with Khudgarz in 1987.
In picture: Roshan with Shah Rukh Khan and Johnny Lever on the sets of Karan Arjun.
Rakesh Roshan soon achieved fame for directing films with titles beginning with the letter 'K'. He directed Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Karan Arjun (1995), Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and the superhero Krrish franchise (2006—2013).
In picture: Rakesh with Hrithik and brother Rajesh.
Rakesh Roshan clocked in his 50th year in the industry, last year (2017). The filmmaker said that now he felt satisfied with how his life has turned out. He, who was in no hurry to churn out films year-after-year, chose instead to work at a leisurely pace, with the knowledge that he knew when it was time to 'move on'.
In picture: Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan on sets of one of his films.
In a candid chat with mid-day, Rakesh Roshan had told, "When I realised my films (as an actor) weren't working, I knew it's 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."
In picture: Rakesh Roshan in his trademark hat.
Eighteen years ago, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan launched his son, Hrithik Roshan, with Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, and the film, inarguably, turned him into a star overnight. Since then, the director has only made films with his son in the lead and insists that's how it will always be.
In picture: Rakesh and his music director brother Rajesh Roshan.
"It is impossible for me to visualise a film wihout Hrithik, because I always keep him in mind and write my stories. I also feel people will laugh that I have a superstar at home and I am working with somebody else. The best part of working with him is that if I tell him to be on set at 6 am, he will be there," Rakesh Roshan told mid-day in an interview.
In picture: The Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai trio: Rakesh, Hrithik and Ameesha Patel
Currently, Rakesh Rohan has been keeping away from the limelight and hitting the gym to shed excess weight.
In picture: Rakesh and son Hrithik
Rakesh Roshan's love for fitness, one might assume, is newfound. But, he credits his athletic upbringing for keeping health a priority.
In picture: Rakesh Roshan and Hrithik on the sets of Krrish 2
Speaking exclusively to mid-day, Rakesh Roshan had revealed that, "I have been exercising for many years. I stayed in a boarding school, where, I was into horse riding, hockey, swimming and basketball. I was always athletic."
In picture: Rakesh with Randhir Kapoor, Rekha and Jeetendra
Rakesh Roshan also spilled the beans on the culture practiced by his family, saying, "Today, my entire family focusses on being physically fit. In fact, all of us work out every day. Based on our schedule, we either train together, or separately with our individual trainers. We have a mini gym in the house and have a lot of fun working out together."
In picture: Rakesh with wife Pinky and Barbara Mori
Rakesh Roshan has no plans to return to the big screen, however, he wishes to act in a Hollywood venture. Said Roshan, "If I return to films, it will be with a Hollywood outing, because in the West, I can be signed on as a young hero and get paired opposite a pretty girl, but, in Bollywood, that won't happen."
In picture: Rakesh Roshan with son Hrithik Roshan and ex-daughter-in-law Sussanne Khan.
Let's take a look at few more candid pictures of Rakesh Roshan
Rakesh Roshan and Pinky Roshan hand-in-hand. Pinky comes from a filmy background. She is the daughter of popular filmmaker J. Om Prakash. The couple has a son, Hrithik Roshan and a daughter, Sunaina.
The Roshan family on the sets of Rendezvous with Simi Garewal
Rakesh with Hrithik and Barbara Mori at Cannes, during the release of their film Kites, which Roshan senior had produced. The film bombed at the Box Office.
Rakesh Roshan at an awards function in Macau
We wish Rakesh Roshan a very happy birthday!
P.S. We are waiting for Krrish 4!
As Rakesh Roshan turns 69, we look back at his Bollywood journey from being an actor to turning a filmmaker and other interesting facts that you might not know, through a collection of pictures!
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