Rakesh had launched his son with the blockbuster "Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai". Later they worked together in the "Krrish" series. (Agencies)
Getting emotional, he said: "He can work with outside directors. But I'd never work with any other actor, unless I am making an out-and-out heroine-oriented film like 'Khoon Bhari Maang'. I might be tempted to make a film with a female protagonist, but only if Hrithik is too busy to work with me."
"When I was an actor, I could feel a filmmaker lurking within me. But I was never satisfied as an actor. I had a big hit like 'Kaamchor'. But that helped Jaya Prada's career, not mine. I knew god wanted me to be a director," he added.
Rakesh predicts that Hrithik too will direct a film some day.
"Now I feel Hrithik, who is such a successful actor, far more than I ever could be, has a filmmaker lurking within him. He will one hundred percent direct a film some day. Mark my words, he'll be a very fine director. I am sure of that. He may not be a good producer, but he'll be a terrific director," he said.
The father-son duo's recent hit was "Krrish 3".
Rakesh has enjoyed Hrithik's films outside the family banner.
"I liked his performance immensely in 'Jodhaa-Akbar', 'Agneepath', 'Guzaarish' and specially 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' in which he had to play a normal regular guy. That's really difficult to do. He never let us feel a superstar was playing that role," he said.
Recently, Hrithik announced that he and his wife Sussanne have parted ways after the latter decided to annul their marriage.
"My wife and I want Hrithik to be happy and at peace with himself, no matter what," said Rakesh who looks forward to launching Hrithik's sons - Hrehaan and Hridhaan - as heroes.
"Provided they want to be in films. I'd love to launch them. My blessings are with Hrithik. Whatever he does in life, my wife and I want him to never change. He's kind, helpful generous. He deserves happiness," he said.
Rakesh had launched his son with the blockbuster "Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai". Later they worked together in the "Krrish" series.