Mumbai: At a time when the 1997 killing of music mogul Gulshan Kumar was nonetheless recent in public reminiscence, actor and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan was confronted by two sharpshooters in full public view and shot twice on January 21, 2000.
He had simply made ‘Kaho Naa … Pyaar Hai’, which turned out to be superhit and launched the profession of his son, Hrithik Roshan. Recounting the incident quickly after it passed off, Hrithik, who was in London taking pictures for ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, stated in an interview with the American-British comic and TV character Ruby Wax: “My father was in debt as a result of we had borrowed some huge cash to make the movie. The movie struck large time — it was the most important hit prior to now five-six years.”
The second the underworld acquired a whiff of this Bollywood success story, they might odor cash — and Rakesh Roshan grew to become their prime goal.
On the night of January 21, 2000, the filmmaker was shot at by two unidentified assailants close to his workplace on Tilak Street at Santacruz West in Mumbai.
Of the 2 bullets geared toward him, one hit him on the left arm and the opposite grazed his chest. As Rakesh Roshan fell on the bottom subsequent to him, the 2 assailants fled the scene.
The filmmaker was fast to get well. He acquired into his automobile and his driver Aatish sped him to the Santacruz police station. The police then accompanied him to Nanavati Hospital, the place Dr Sharad Pandey, father of Bollywood actor Chunky Pandey, efficiently operated on him for an hour to take away the bullet.
The assailants have been later recognized as Sunil Vithal Gaikwad and Sachin Kamble, each on the payrolls of Ali Budesh, the Bahrain-based ganglord who rose to prominence in Mumbai’s underworld reportedly after he took on the may of Dawood Ibrahim and aligned with the UP don, Shubhash Singh Thakur. Rakesh Roshan is believed to have been resisting calls for from the Ali Budesh gang for a share of the abroad earnings of ‘Kaho Naa…’.
In accordance with the journalist Praveen Swami, the assault on Rakesh Roshan was not made with the intent of killing him, however to ship out the sign that the Shiv Sena, which had simply been voted out in Maharashtra, might now not shield Bollywood.
It was essential to ship this message out as a result of, as Swami famous, Bal Thackeray’s daughter-in-law, Smita Thackeray (she was married to Jaidev Thackeray until the couple acquired divorced in 2004), had emerged as a reputable and above-board different to the mafia as a movie financier.
Sunil Vithal Gaikwad, one of many two males who pulled the set off on Rakesh Roshan, was caught solely on October 9, 2020, by when he was wished in 11 instances of homicide and 7 of try and homicide.