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Birthday Special….Rakesh Roshan On Son Hrithik Roshan

Subhash K . Jha

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“Hrithik Can Work With Other Directors, I Will Never Work With Any
Other Hero,” Doting Papa Rakesh Roshan Speaks About Hrithik On His
Birthday

 As Hrithik Roshan turns 41 on 10 January ,his father filmmaker and
one-time actor Rakesh Roshan turns emotional saying, “My wife and I
wantHrithik to be happy and at peace with himself, no matter what.”

   Rakesh also reminisced about Hrithik with little-known anecdotes .
“Hrithik was just 9 when he did my father-in-law’s film Bhagwan
Dada.Hrithik was not supposed to do the film. But the child actor who
had a pivotal role with Rajnikanth fell ill. My father-in-law director
J OmPrakash insisted, ‘Let’s take Duggu.’. I was against the idea.
‘Daddy, Duggu can’t act!’ I protested. I wanted Hrithik to focus on
his studies. We’d have never known there was  a brilliant actor
lurking in him if my father-in-law had not insisted.”

Rakesh Roshan vividly recalls 9-year old Hrithik’s first shot. “Since
along with Rajnikanth and Sridevi I also played the lead in Bhagwan
Dada I was there on the first day of shooting when Hrithik had to give
his first shot.It was with Sridevi. I  was so nervous and embarrassed
that I hid behind a pillar on the sets, just watching  my son quietly.
I could see him very quiet , not communicating with anybody. I thought
he was just not interested. But when he gave his first shot he was
perfect!!  Like Sridevi, my son transformed when the  camera was on.
That was the moment I realized my son had it in him to be an actor.We
already knew he was a natural-born dancer.Before that I thought of him
as quiet boy lost in his own world of  studies and school.But the way
he did his death scene in Bhagwan Dada left me stumped. How could a
9-year old boy who doesn’t even know about death, play dead so
convincingly?! That’s when we knew.”

  Hrithik had already decided he would be an actor. But his father
wanted him to finish his studies first.

Says Rakesh Roshan, “As per our deal Hrithik came to me after his
studies and said he wanted to assist me. I took him on as an assistant
for 5 of my films.I told him I won’t launch him until he was 24. He
joined acting classes and would come home and act out dramatic scenes
,like Raj Kapoor’s scene with Lalita Pawar in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s
Anari.The way he did that scene, I was highly impressed. That’s when
the idea forKaho Na…Pyar Hai came to my mind. I knew what he was
capable of, so I told a big step for him. I cast him in a double role.
I knew he could carry it off. I didn’t take Hrithik in Kaho Na…Pyar
Hai because he was my son. I took him because he was a potential star.
To this day I work with him because I know what he’s worth and not
because he is my son.”

Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan are friends. “We’re very close. And yes
,we’re friends. But there is still that respect in him for me .He can
never cross the line. If I enter a room while he is relaxing  he will
spring to his feet.”

Success, says Rakesh Roshan, has not changed hos son over the years.
“He is still the same hard-working boy who wraps his omelet in a
newspaper and rushes to his shooting in the morning.That kind of
dedication is very rare. Any director including me is lucky to have
him on board. He is fully with the director. He makes no distinction
between working with me and working with an outside director. He is
equally involved in both cases.”

Rakesh Roshan has enjoyed Hrithik’s films outside the family banner.

Says the proud father, “I liked his performance immensely in
Jodha-Akbar, Aganeepath, Guzaarish  and specially Zindagi Na Milegi
Dobarawhere he had to play a normal regular guy.That’s really
difficult to do. He  never let us feel a superstar was playing that
role.”

 Getting emotional Rakesh says, “He can work with outside
directors.But I’d never work with any other actor, unless I am making
an out-and-out heroine-oriented film like Khoon Bhari Maang. I might
be tempted to make a film with a female protagonist. But only  if
Hrithik is too busy to work with me. When I was an actor I could feel
a filmmaker lurking within me. But I was never satisfied as an actor.
I had a big hit like KaamChor .But that helped Jaya Prada’s career,
not mine. I knew God wanted me to be a director.Now I feel Hrithik who
is such a successful actor, far more than I ever could be,  has a
filmmaker lurking within him. He will hundred percent direct a film
some day.Mark my  words, he’ll be a very fine director.I am sure of
that.He may not be a good producer, but he’ll be a terrific director.”

Rakesh Roshan looks forward to launching Hrithik’s sons as heroes.
“Provided they want to be in films.I’d love to launch them.My
blessings are with Hrithik.Whatever he does in life my wife and I want
him to never change. He’s kind , helpful generous.He deserves
happiness.”

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