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He was a shy kid: Rakesh Roshan opens up on son, Hrithik Roshan

Rakesh Roshan sure is a proud father. After all, his son Hrithik Roshan is one of the biggest stars in the country and is globally recognised. “Even as a six-year-old, Hrithik used to dance beautifully. Whatever else he engaged in, be it cycling or any other activity, he’d give it his 100 per cent. That quality has been present since childhood. He was a bright student and managed to do well without tuition. But he was a shy kid. He was around 10-11 when my father-in-law (the late J Om Prakash) cast him in Bhagwaan Dada (1986). I told him, ‘Why are you taking him? He won’t speak a line in front of the camera.’ But to my pleasant surprise, he was a different boy when the camera rolled,” Rakesh Roshan told ETimes in an interview.

After the movie was released, the family faced a difficult time because Rakesh Roshan was shot at by assailants. The filmmaker also opened up about that episode in the interview. “I have no idea what Hrithik felt at that time. He was constantly at my bedside. I was in the hospital for four to five days. But the biggest booster was the success of the film, which inspired me. It gave birth to a desire to live again for the sake of my son. Getting good news about the film, hearing favourable reviews about Hrithik… all that was heartening,” he said.

The filmmaker was also quizzed about them forming a lucky team due to the success of all their joint ventures. “It’s not like that. It’s rather because we both give every film our 100 per cent. Yes, we gel being father-son and director-actor. Some directors are not able to explain what they require from the actor. I being an actor tell him, ‘Don’t copy me but this is what I want’. Hrithik understands me perfectly. When I was an actor, often directors would say, ‘Cut cut cut! You didn’t get it.’ I’d ask what was lacking but they wouldn’t be able to elaborate. But some directors, who were also actors, could explain with ease. Being an actor, it works to my advantage while directing,” Rakesh Roshan said.

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