Happy Birthday Rakesh Roshan! For Your Birthday, a Song Fest!

It’s Rakesh Roshan’s birthday, yaaaaaaaaaaaay! He made some fun movies, and some bad movies, but overall I am glad he is around.

Rakesh Roshan! Son of a film composer who died when he was very young, Rakesh went out and found work to support his family at age 21. He started as just sort of a miscellanous in the film industry, assistant director, occasional actor, whatever he could turn his hand to. And then he married the daughter of a producer and started working with his father-in-law, eventually finding his place in the industry as a successful producer/director. His most successful production of course is his son Hrithik Roshan, but some of his films have been pretty fun too!

King Uncle, an unauthorized remake of Little Orphan Annie starting Jackie Shroff as Daddy Warbucks and Shahrukh as his estranged younger brother who Annie helps bring together again.

Karan-Arjun, one of Shahrukh and Salman’s rare co-starrers, which featured multiple excellent songs:

Koyla, my favorite Shahrukh-Madhuri movie

Kaho Na Pyar Hai, of course

And finally, Koi Mil Gaya (because it is his birthday and I am politely pretending the Krrish films don’t exist)


I think my favorite of all your movies is Koyla. And my favorite of all your songs from all your movies is “Ek Pal Ka Jeena” because I’m basic.

8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Rakesh Roshan! For Your Birthday, a Song Fest!

  1. Kaho na pyar hai feels cringey these days,but it was the rage in its time.
    Arjun and Malaika tested COVID19 positive,among 86,000+new cases today(more than the entire caseload of some countries,but nobody seems bothered).


    • A request-please delete my comments from your blog.(I have commented as Aglet on most posts).I don’t mind it if you don’t,in case it requires you to manually do it with each comment.There are some things that I don’t agree with here.Granted they were your older posts,and I am just saying we have a difference of opinions so you can delete my comments.The blog wasn’t exactly what I hoped,unfortunately,but I did enjoy most of your content.Most,if not all.


      • I am sorry you weren’t able to enjoy as much as you hoped here, I hope you can still come back and enjoy the parts you did like.

        I’m always happy to delete a comment shortly after it is posted if someone has a change of mind, but I’m not really comfortable going back and removing comments from long past, which would also remove my responses and everyone else’s responses.


  2. I’m a sucker for Annie and I’ve been trying to figure out where King Uncle can be found. And Kaho Na Pyar Hai holds a special place in my heart because I watched it in total confusion last spring because I wasn’t used to some of the double role tricks that are used in Indian cinema. I kept waiting for the ‘gotcha, he was a rich jerk this whole time!’ or that he was the secret half brother/twin/etc of NZ!Hrithik. But no, he’s just a totally separate, normal character, no gotchas beyond the one front & center. I picked it up for…obvious reasons…but I love it because it was the first movie where some of the cinema short-hand started to click for me. There are probably better movies where you could introduce someone to all the short-hand used in Indian films, to show how it differs from Hollywood movies are put together, but this was the one where I had some major lightbulb moments.

    That and Hrithik and his double role and his double (triple?) hat/glasses changes in that song that he will never live down if he lives to be 90, I can’t give those up. ❤


    • This is supposed to be King Uncle with subtitles, don’t know if it will work or not:

      And I was also super confused by KHNP the first time I saw it! Luckily I was watching with friends who could explain it to me 🙂

      On Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 2:15 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  3. Thank you for politely pretending the Krish films don’t exist! And after watching all the song videos, and reading your other post, I suppose I should see Koyla again.


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