How ‘Kaho Na… Pyaar Hai’ made Rakesh Roshan a target of gangland

New Delhi: At a time when the 1997 murder of music mogul Gulshan Kumar was still fresh in public memory, actor and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan was publicly confronted by two sharpshooters and shot twice on January 21, 2000. .

He had just made ‘Kaho Na… Pyaar Hai’ which became a super hit and started the career of his son Hrithik Roshan. Recalling soon after the incident, Hrithik, who was shooting ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ in London, said in an interview with American-British comedian and TV personality Ruby Wax: “My father was in debt because we Borrowed a lot of money to make the film. The film was a big hit – it was the biggest hit in the last five-six years.”

As soon as the underworld realized this Bollywood success story, they could smell the money – and Rakesh Roshan became their main target.

On the evening of 21 January 2000, the filmmaker was shot dead by two unidentified assailants near his office on Tilak Road in Santa Cruz West in Mumbai.

Of the two bullets that hit him, one hit his left hand and the other hit his chest. When Rakesh Roshan fell on the ground next to him, both the attackers fled from the spot.

The filmmaker was in a hurry to recover. He got into his car and his driver Aatish took him to the Santa Cruz police station. The police then took him to Nanavati Hospital, where Dr Sharad Pandey, father of Bollywood actor Chunky Pandey, successfully operated for an hour to remove the bullet.

The attackers were later identified as Sunil Vithal Gaikwad and Sachin Kamble, both on the payroll of Bahrain gangster Ali Budesh, who rose to prominence in Mumbai’s underworld after allegedly taking Dawood Ibrahim’s power and forging an alliance with UP don. had grown from Subhash Singh Thakur is believed to have been opposing the Rakesh Roshan Ali Budesh gang’s demand for a share in the foreign earnings of ‘Kaho Na…’.

According to journalist Praveen Swamy, the attack on Rakesh Roshan was not done with the intention of killing him, but to signal that the Shiv Sena, which had just been voted out in Maharashtra, cannot protect Bollywood.

It was important to send this message out because, as Swamy said, Bal Thackeray’s daughter-in-law, Smita Thackeray (she was married to Jaydev Thackeray until the couple divorced in 2004), was a reliable and up-and-coming Boards emerged as an alternative. As a film financier to the mafia.

Sunil Vithal Gaikwad, one of the two men who pulled the trigger on Rakesh Roshan, was caught on October 9, 2020, when he was wanted in 11 counts of murder and seven of attempt to murder.

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