Rajesh Roshan - Career


Rajesh Roshan had a successful association with Basu Chatterjee, Dev Anand, Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. He shot to fame with the score for Julie for which he won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award. The first break for him was given by Mehmood. He is the first music director who made Amitabh Bachchan sing. He usually composes music for the films that his brother Rakesh Roshan either produced or directed, such as Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), Krrish (2006) and Kites (2010). He also composed the song "Jaane Tamanna" for the internationally acclaimed film Valley of Flowers (2006) by Pan Nalin.

Rajesh Roshan scored well in the big break given by Mehmood for Kunwara Baap (1974) and then by Dev Anand in three back to back hit films: Des Pardes, Man Pasand, and Lootmaar. Then he composed melodious tunes and made Kishore Kumar sing them in films like Doosra Aadmi, Muqaddar, Swami, Khatta Meetha,Baaton Baaton Mein, Yehi Hai Zindagi, Ek Hi Raasta, Swarg Narak, Inkaar, Do Aur Do Paanch followed by films with Rajesh Khanna like Nishaan, Babu and Aakhir Kyon?. However, since 1985 he has composed songs mostly for his brother's films. His hit song filmed on Helen, i.e. "Mungda...Mungada..." is still a landmark in cabaret songs in Bollywood.

In the 1990s, when even Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Bappi Lahiri gradually lost their bearings, Rajesh has endured through films like Jurm and Bahaar Aane Tak (1990) — and after another dull phase, Karan Arjun and Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Papa Kahte Hain (1996), Koyla (1997)], Daag, Kaun Sachaa Kaun Jhootha and Dastak (1996), and Dandnayak and Main Solah Baras Ki (1998).

Rajesh Roshan delivered several hit music scores pairing with his brother Rakesh, who had emerged as a director of great stature. The two worked on films like Kishan Kanhaiya, King Uncle, Karan Arjun, and Koyla. Rajesh scored the music for "Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai", the launch vehicle of Hrithik Roshan, and one of his brother's most ambitious projects. The film achieved significant success. The composer also won the Filmfare Award for Best Music. He has composed the music of several Hrthik-starring, Rakesh Roshan-directed films, such as Koi... Mil Gaya, Krrish, and Kites.

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