Hrithik Roshan’s father Rakesh Roshan was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Star Guild Awards 2015. The legendary filmmaker succeeded as a director only after facing a lot of rejections as an actor.
In his own words “I wasn’t keen to act in my own films. When others didn’t want me in their films, why push myself in mine? Direction was the last chance to prove myself.”
His directorial debut, Khudgarz, was make or break for Roshan. He drove to the premiere of his film in his Mercedes, telling his wife that if the film flops, it would be the last time they’d be sitting in the car.
“We drove to the film’s premiere at Metro in my Mercedes. I told my wife Pinky ‘If the film flops this would be the last time we’d be sitting in the car. As an actor my career is over. As a producer my last film Bhagwan Dada didn’t work. If Khudgarz fails, I won’t get another chance to prove myself’. My wife started crying. But my life changed after the premiere.” he said.
Post the success of Khudgarz, Roshan went on to direct films like ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’, ‘Kishen Kanhaiya’, ‘King Uncle’, ‘Karan Arjun’ and ‘Koyla’. While ‘King Uncle’ and ‘Koyla’ failed, the other three films did well at the box office.
The failure of ‘Koyla’ was a huge setback too, as he didn’t have money to produce Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai. He mortgaged his house for the film.
January 15 2000, exactly 15 years ago, was the biggest turning point in Rakesh Roshan’s career, as his son Hrithik Roshan made his acting debut in Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai. Since then, the Roshans haven’t looked back. All their films together – Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish and Krrish 3 – have been hugely successful at the box office.
Check out pictures of Rakesh Roshan receiving the lifetime achievement award from Jeetendra, the lead actor of his directorial debut Khudgarz. Hrithik was also on stage.