‘Kaho Na … Pyaar Hai’ is how Rakesh Roshan became a gangland target
New Delhi: Actor and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan was shot dead twice on January 21, 2000 by two sharpshooters in full view of the public at a time when the 1997 music composer Kulshan Kumar’s assassination was still fresh in public memory.
He produced the film ‘Kaho Na … Pyar Hai’ which became a superhit and started the life of his son Hrithik Roshan. Immediately after the incident, Hrithik, who was in London during the filming of ‘Kabi Kushi Kabi Gum’, said in an interview with American-British comedian and TV personality Ruby Vaux: “My father was in debt because we borrowed a lot of money to make the film – the film was a huge success – last It’s been a huge success in five or six years. “
The moment they got this Bollywood success story to the underworld, they felt the smell of money – Rakesh Roshan became their main target.
On the evening of January 21, 2000, the filmmaker was shot dead by two unidentified assailants near his office on Tilak Road, west of Santa Cruz, Mumbai.
One of the two bullets fired at him hit him in the left arm and the other in his chest. As Rakesh Roshan fell down, the two attackers fled from there.
The filmmaker recovered quickly. He got into his car and his driver Adish rushed him to the Santa Cruz police station. Police later took him to Nanavati Hospital, where Dr Sharad Pandey, father of Bollywood actor Chunky Pandey, successfully operated on him for an hour to remove the bullet.
Both Sunil Vittal Kejriwal and Sachin Kamble were later identified on the payroll of Ali Budesh, a Bahraini-based gang that became famous in the Mumbai underworld after Dawood took Ibrahim’s strength and joined UP’s Dawn. Subhash Singh Thakur. Rakesh Roshan is believed to be opposing the Ali Budesh gang’s demand for a share of the foreign revenue of ‘Kaho Na …’.
According to journalist Praveen Swamy, the attack on Rakesh Roshan was not carried out with the intention of killing him, but to send a signal that the Shiv Sena, which was voted in Maharashtra, can no longer defend Bollywood.
As Swami mentioned, sending this message is important because Paul Thackeray’s daughter – in – law Smita Thackeray (he married Jaidev Thackeray until the couple divorced in 2004). To the Mafia as a film financier.
Sunil Vittal Kejriwal, one of the two men who instigated Rakesh Roshan, was arrested on October 9, 2020 while wanted in 11 murder and seven attempted murder cases.