He rejected three scripts for Krissh 3 before agreeing on the fourth. Instead of blindly banking on the popularity of the superhero he had created, Rakesh Roshan was looking for a story that would justify the need for a superhero in a film. “I am a meticulous producer and a hardworking director. A lot of money and manpower is at stake when one goes out and shoots. So I wanted to make sure I had an extraordinary idea for Krissh 3,” explains Rakesh, who even made storyboards and an animated feature before he began shooting the movie.
Perhaps, it is this passion for filmmaking and a quest for perfection that has fuelled Rakesh’s 25-year-long career as a director, and helped him succeed on several occasions. “I stand by my vision, no matter how bleak it might sound to other people. On most occasions, I have been proven right. And even when things haven’t gone as planned, at least I have had the satisfaction of attempting something different, for instance Kites,” he says Rakesh’s tryst with films began when he was all of 16. After his dad, music composer Roshan, passed away, he had two options — to either join the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, or work as an assistant director. Rakesh chose the latter, as this would allow him to continue staying with his mother and younger brother Rajesh (a popular music composer now).
As an assistant director for four years, he learnt the nuances of the trade. Rakesh was preparing for a plunge into the technical aspects of filmmaking when he got his first break as an actor in the Balraj Sahani-Nirupa Roy starrer Ghar Ghar Ki Kahaani (1970). “But my acting career saw more downs than ups. I tried time and again but things didn’t fall into place,” he recalls.
So, it was important for him to consider alternatives and he chose to turn producer in 1980, with the Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim-starrer Aap Ke Deewane. He also played a parallel lead in the movie. His production house, Filmkraft, backed Kaamchor in 1982, with him in the lead. The film turned out to be one of the biggest hits that year. “I thought the success would take my acting career forward. Instead, it boosted leading lady Jaya Prada’s career and left me to fend for myself,” he says with a laugh.
As a producer,