rajesh roshan

Rajesh Roshan. (photo via IANS)

MUMBAI — Rajesh Roshan is over 120 films old. His first film was “Kunwara Baap” way back in 1974, was a strong competition to the reigning Laxmikant-Pyarelal, R.D. Burman and Kalyanji-Anandji then. The son of legendary composer Roshan and brother to Rakesh Roshan, he was the whiz behind scores as evergreen as “Julie,” “Doosara Aadmi,” “Khatta Meetha,” “Des Pardes,” “Mr. Natwarlal,” “Yaarana,” “Kaamchor, “ “Khudgarz,” “Karan Arjun” and “Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai.”

As he never believed in indiscriminate quantity, Roshan was unhappy with the market scenario after the 2000s and decided to concentrate on his brother’s productions, especially after nephew Hrithik Roshan became a super-star. Vikram Bhatt’s “Aetbaar” (2004), ghost-produced by late actor Sujit Kumar, was his last outside film, after which he restricted his work to his brother’s banner through “Krrish,” “Krazzy 4,” “Kites,” “Krrish 3” and “Kaabil.” He is now working on “Krrish 4.”

Some years ago, a Saawan Kumar film was to be done by him, which never took off. Well after “Aetbaar,” a whizkid director of comedies had also approached him for a movie for which he wanted all songs in a week, which Roshan refused.

But now, at last, he has signed his first outside film in 16 years—Vivek Oberoi’s co-production “Iti—Can You Solve Your Own Murder?”  directed by Vishal Mishra.

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