Rakesh Roshan’s Early Life: He would bunk school to watch films

Rakesh Roshan, the ‘pioneer’ of superhero films in Indian Cinema, has been candid about his life in a recent interview with a leading daily. With his next film Krrish 3 about to release, the 64 year old film-maker talks about his early life and struggle period, he tells his journey from a school-bunking kid to the top notch film-maker that he is today. Let’s take a look at Rakesh Roshan’s early life.

“I was born and brought up in Mumbai. My father was Roshan Lal Nagrath, a music director. We lived in a small flat in Mumbai but because of my father and his skill, Dilip Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, etc used to come to our place. Seeing the ‘big’ actors of the time then, inspired me. I used to dress up like Shammi Kapoor and even talk like him,” says Rakesh Roshan. The Khoon Bhari Maang director was weak at studies and was put in a boarding school, where he taught his classmates how to jump a 15-foot wall to bunk school and watch movies at a theater six kilometers away.

In his initial days as an actor, he used to make Rs. 200 a month of which, he used to give Rs. 100 to his mother. His life became difficult after he had his children as he was not earning much. Later, he mortaged his very few remaining assets and became a producer. That was when he made the movie Khudgarz, which became a decent hit and a year later in 1988, he produced and directed another movie Khoon Bhari Maang, which was a major critical and commercial success. The lead actress of the movie Rekha, won the Filmfare award for the best actress for her role in the movie.

The rest, as they say, is history; as he made movies like Kaho Na… Pyaar Hai, which marked the debut of his son Hrithik Roshan. His movies off late have been major hits. The third installment Krrish 3 of the highly successful Koi…Mil Gaya franchise is about to release on November 1st. All that remains to be seen is whether this one will be a hit as well…

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