ROSHAN – THE CLASSICAL KING!
Roshan, (full name, Roshanlal Nagrath) was a famous music director in the 1960’s. He was the father of actor and director, Rakesh Roshan, music director Rajesh Roshan and grand father of Hrithik Roshan. Music ran in the Roshan family and Roshan made his mark with his film ‘Baawre Nain’ released in 1950. Roshan’s music combined Hindustani classical music with folk music and therefore gave his final musical effort a very strong ethnic touch. His career was cut short when he suddenly died of a massive heart attack in 1967 at the age of 50 years. Like other music directors, for example, Madan Mohan, Jaidev etc, Roshan was a trifle unlucky as the films for which he gave music did not always hit the jackpot. The quality of his music, however, remains and it is appropriate that T3 recalls his contribution to the Hindi film music industry in this issue. Also, none of Roshan’s tunes is copied or inspired.