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‘We Slept On Gaddas’, Hrithik On How His Dad Once Couldn’t Even Afford To Pay Rent

‘We Slept On Gaddas’, Hrithik On How His Dad Once Couldn’t Even Afford To Pay Rent

Veteran actor and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, who turned 72 recently, has seen many ups and downs in his career. From being a struggling actor to facing financial difficulties to battling throat cancer, the man has had to fight many battles. 

In 2006, Rakesh Roshan’s son Hrithik Roshan and his ex-wife Sussanne Khan appeared on Simi Grewal’s chat show and spoke about Rakesh Roshan’s financial troubles and how there was a time when he wasn’t even able to pay house rent.

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He said, “Until the time my dad could earn enough money to buy another house. And then we shifted into another house which was barely just walls and floors. We slept on gaddas, these mats, and slowly got the furniture in.”  

The actor expressed that he was only 9 at that time. 

In 2017, Rakesh Roshan spoke about how he struggled when he was trying to make a career in acting. He said, “As an actor, I was not that successful but I kept trying. I never moved ahead in my career despite some of my movies doing well. So I started producing films and then moved in that direction. Now, when I look back I feel happy. Back then, I had no idea how I will get the money to run my house. I had two children, a wife, and a family to look after. But somehow we always managed. Maybe God had a plan for me to become a producer and director.”

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Rakesh Roshan further added, “He was always closer to his mom. I was struggling to make my mark at the time, so I could not spend much time with my children. But I would make sure we went on holiday. I would join them just for about three or four days. Growing up may have been tough for them because I could not give them everything as I couldn’t afford it. But I made sure I brought them up really nicely.” 

However, now the tables have turned for the Roshan family.