Names of directors like Yash Chopra, Manmohan Desai, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, David Dhawan, Subhash Ghai and more recently, Rohit Shetty often pops up when we discuss about few of the most successful commercial directors of the Hindi Film Industry. But seldom would we see people mentioning Rakesh Roshan in the bracket of the most successful Hindi Film Director. Statistically, Rakesh Roshan has a solid track-record as a director. Having directed 13 films in his career, 8 of them have proved to be extremely successful at the Box-Office.
After a not so promising acting career, Rakesh Roshan ventured into the technical aspect of film-making with Khudgarz. His directorial debut starring Shatrugun Sinha and Jeetendra proved to be immensely successful at the Box-Office and with the film, Roshan made a statement that he is here to stay as a director. As a follow up to Khudgarz, Rakesh Roshan directed Khoon Bhari Mang starring Rekha in lead. The film was the official adaptation of Australian Mini-Series, Return to Eden and was touted as the comeback film for Rekha. While the trade wasn’t too excited about the film, it surprised one and all as it did not just win critical acclaim, but also proved to be a commercial success at the ticket window.
The success of the above-mentioned films cemented Rakesh Roshan’s space as a director in the industry and from hereon, it wasn’t too difficult for him to approach the big-stars for his films. Next after Khoon Bhari Mang was Kaala Bazaar featuring two of the biggest stars of that era, Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff in lead. The trade was excited about the film, given the fact that it marked the teaming up for Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff after the humongous success of Ram Lakhan, however the film failed to live onto the hype and tumbled after a promising start at the box-office.
The director didn’t lose his hopes after that one failure and came back stronger with Kishen Kanhaiya. The film starring Anil Kapoor in a double role, which was the official remake of Ram Aur Shyam, proved to be a smash hit. However, after Kishen Kanhaiya, Roshan delivered two unsuccessful films in the form of Khel and King Uncle. None the less, Roshan had seen much bigger failure before in his acting career, and he made a strong comeback with Karan Arjun featuring two of the biggest superstars of 90’s, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. The film marked the teaming up of the gen-next superstars for the first time in their career and the film emerged one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. After Karan Arjun, there was no looking back for Rakesh Roshan. Yes, he did face a minor hiccup in the form of Koyla in 1997, however apart from Koyla, all his films post the release of Karan Arjun starred his son, Hrithik Roshan in lead and proved to be blockbusters of epic proportion.
Very few in the industry till date have utilized the stardom and screen presence of Hrithik Roshan in the right way, and Rakesh Roshan is one of those rare directors who has never failed to present his son in the avatar audience like to see him in. Roshan has directed Hrithik in four films i.e. Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish, Krrish 3 and all of them won over the audience. The films didn’t just act as a showreel glorifying the stardom of Hrithik Roshan, but also had ample of scope as far as performance is concerned. While Kaho Na Pyaar Hai established Hrithik as the boy next door, Koi Mil Gaya saw a 360-degree transformation of Hrithik Roshan as a specially abled child. With Krrish and Krrish 3, Rakesh Roshan made the first superhero film of India and passed with flying colours.
The veteran director is currently busy with the pre-production of Krrish 4, which is expected to go on floors next year. As he gears up for his 14th Directorial, here is a glance at successful films directed by him:
Krrish 3: Blockbuster
Koi Mil Gaya: Super Hit
Kaho Na Pyaar Hai: Blockbuster
Karan Arjun: Blockbuster
Kishen Kanhaiya: Super Hit
Khoon Bhari Mang: Super Hit
PS: While Koyla was an average grosser, Rakesh Roshan’s Karobaar was stuck in production for over 8 years before it finally released in 2000. The film eventually flopped at the Box-Office. Objectively speaking, if we exclude Karobaar, out of the 12 films directed by Rakesh Roshan, 8 of them are clean hits, whereas one is an average grosser. Merely, 3 films by the veteran director have flopped at the ticket window.