Hours after actor Hrithik Roshan took to social media to reveal that his father, actor-director Rakesh Roshan, had been diagnosed with early-stage 'squamous cell carcinoma of the throat' and was set to undergo a surgery, recovery wishes started pouring in for the film-maker, including one from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Replying to the 44-year-old actor's tweet, PM Modi wrote, 'Dear Hrithik, praying for the good health of Shri Rakesh Roshan Ji. He is a fighter and I am sure he will face this challenge with utmost courage.' Rakesh's actor son Hrithik shared the news via social media on Tuesday morning, before his father was going in for a surgery.
'Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew he wouldn't miss gym on surgery day. He is probably the strongest man I know.
'Got diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago, but he is in full spirits today as he proceeds to battle it. As a family we are fortunate and blessed to have a leader like him,' Hrithik captioned the picture in which the father-son duo have struck the same pose.
Roshan started out as an actor with films such as Kaamchor and Khoobsurat, among others but later went into filmmaking and sporadic guest appearances. Rakesh Roshan is known for directing films like Kishen Kanhaiya, Karan Arjun, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, Koi... Mil Gaya and the superhero Krrish film series.