Perhaps, it is this passion for filmmaking and a quest for perfection that has fuelled Rakesh’s 25-year-long career as a director, and helped him succeed on several occasions. “I stand by my vision, no matter how bleak it might sound to other people. On most occasions, I have been proven right. And even when things haven’t gone as planned, at least I have had the satisfaction of attempting something different, for instance Kites,” he says
Rakesh’s tryst with films began when he was all of 16. After his dad, music composer Roshan, passed away, he had two options — to either join the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, or work as an assistant director. Rakesh chose the latter, as this would allow him to continue staying with his mother and younger brother Rajesh (a popular music composer now).
As an assistant director for four years, he learnt the nuances of the
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