His acting career was not as impressive as his second innings as a director-producer but Rakesh Roshan said he never stopped trying and would often call people to ask for work when he was struggling. The year 2017 marks the golden jubilee for Roshan in the Hindi film industry and the actor-filmmaker believes that despite the initial struggle God had better plans for him.   Born to noted music director Roshanlal Nagrath, Roshan worked as an assistant director for four years before making his acting debut in 1970 with ‘Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani’. In an interview with , he said, “As an actor, I was not that successful but I kept trying. I never moved ahead in my career despite some of my movies doing well. So I started producing films and then moved to direction.”  “Now, when I look back I feel happy. Back then, I had no idea how I will get the money to run my house. I had two children, a wife and a family to look after. But somehow we always managed. Maybe God had a plan for me to become a producer and director.”  Roshan got solo hero roles but mostly in women-centric films like ‘Paraya Dhan’ with Hema Malini, ‘Aankh Micholi’ with Bharati and ‘Khubsoorat’ opposite Rekha. He played supporting roles in films with superstar Rajesh Khanna, Sanjeev Kumar and others. But his acting career took a dip between 1973 and 1990, when his films did not do well at the box office.  The 67-year-old producer says he did not fall under the bracket of “top stars” for whom filmmakers would queue up but that did not deter him from trying. “I used to get films because of my good relations with filmmakers… I would call them up asking for roles, it’s not that they used to call and offer me roles. I feel there is no shame in asking for work. I used to know everyone’s number by heart and I would ring up all my producers and directors.”  He reveals that there were only two filmmakers who wanted to work with him, while some of the popular actresses of his time were not keen to feature in a movie with him. “The only two phone calls I got was from Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee, they wanted to meet me (for work).”  The Times  of  India : 1st. July,17


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