Veteran filmmaker Rakesh Roshan has been diagnosed with early stage throat cancer.

The troubling news was confirmed by his son, Hrithik in a heartfelt Instagram post:

The caption read: “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. Love you Dad.”

Rakesh started his career as an actor but eventually gravitated more towards directing. He launched Hrithik with his 2000 film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and the father-son duo have also worked together in Koi Mil Gaya and the Krrish series. Rakesh last produced Kaabil starring Hrithik Roshan and his next project is Krrish 4, again with Hrithik.