Rakesh Roshan diagnosed with early stage cancer, son Hrithik salutes his spirit

File image of Hrithik Roshan and Rakesh Roshan. Photograph:( DNA )

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Jan 08, 2019, 12.15 PM (IST)

Filmmaker-actor Rakesh Roshan has been diagnosed with "early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat", his son, actor Hrithik Roshan revealed on Tuesday. Hrithik made the revelation on Instagram, adding his father is set to undergo 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," the actor wrote.

Hrithik shared a picture with his 69-year-old father standing side-by-side in a gym.

Cell carcinoma of throat is a primary type of throat cancer that affects the flat cells lining the throat. 

The father-son duo has worked together in Hrithik's launch vehicle 'Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai', 'Koi... Mil Gaya', 'Krrish' series and 'Kaabil'.

Roshan's daughter Sunanina was diagnosed with cervical cancer a few years ago but emerged a survivor.

Roshan started out as an actor with films such as 'Kaamchor' and 'Khoobsurat', among others but later went to shift gears into filmmaking and sporadic guest appearances.

Some of his notable directorial works include 'Khudgarz', 'Khoon Bhari Maang', 'Karan Arjun' and 'Koyla'.

(With PTI inputs)