Subhash Ghai

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Subhash Ghai
Subhash Ghai 2007 - still 27030.jpg
Born (1945-01-24) 24 January 1945 (age 69)
Nagpur, Central Provinces and Berar, British India
(Now in Maharashtra, India)[1]
Occupation Film director, producer, Actor, screenwriter
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Mukta Ghai

Subhash Ghai (born 24 January 1945) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. His most notable films include Kalicharan (1976), Karz (1980), Hero (1983), Meri Jung (1985), Karma (1986), Ram Lakhan (1989), Saudagar (1991), Khalnayak (1993), Pardes (1997) and Taal (1999). He launched Mukta Arts, a film production company in 1982, and is known as the "showman" of Hindi cinema, for making epic films that portray grandeur and very rich themes.

Early life[edit]

Subhash Ghai was born to a dentist father who practised in Delhi, Subhash did his higher secondary in Delhi and thereafter graduated in Commerce from Rohtak, Haryana.[1] Next he moved to Pune, Maharashtra to join the Film and Television Institute of India, Law College Road (FTII). After attaining a diploma, he started working in the Indian film industry in 1970.


He started his career in Hindi cinema as an actor with small roles in six films, like Taqdeer (1967) and Aradhana (1971). He was the male lead in the 1970s Umang, and Gumraah (1976) with Reena Roy and Danny.[1] His directorial debut was the film Kalicharan (1976) which he obtained through a recommendation by Shatrughan Sinha. As of 2005, he had written and directed 15 movies. In 1982, he started Mukta Arts Private Limited which, in 2000, became a public company, with Subhash Ghai as its chairman and managing director.

At the peak of his directorial career in the 1980s and 1990s, he formed a collaboration with Dilip Kumar whom he directed in Vidhaata (1982), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991), the latter for which he won the Filmfare Best Director Award. He helped establish the careers of Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor, introducing Jackie as a leading actor in Hero (1983) and directed Kapoor in Meri Jung (1985) for which he was nominated for a Filmfare Best Actor Award. He went onto frequently work with both actors casting them together in the films Karma (1986), Ram Lakhan (1989) and Trimurti (1995) which he had produced and was directed by Mukul S. Anand. His 1993 release Khalnayak starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Shroff featured the controversial song "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai".

In 1997 he directed Pardes which starred Shahrukh Khan and introduced Mahima Chaudhry and Apoorva Agnihotri. In 1999 he directed Taal which starred Akshaye Khanna, Aishwarya Rai and Anil Kapoor. Both Pardes and Taal were released internationally and featured in the top 20 movies in the U.S. box office charts for several weeks. His following films were Yaadein (2001) and Kisna (2005).

He then took a break from directing and turned producer with films such as Aitraaz (2004), Iqbal (film) (2005), 36 China Town (2006) and Apna Sapna Money Money (2006). However, all his films as a Producer were flops except Iqbal (film) which was brilliantly written by Vipul K Rawal and superbly directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and Aitraaz which won Priyanka Chopra the Filmfare Award for best actor in a Negative role and was a successful movie.

In 2006, he set up his own state-of-the-art film institute Whistling Woods International in Mumbai.[2] The institute trains students in filmmaking: production, direction, cinematography, acting, animation, etc. Like Alfred Hitchcock he is known to give brief cameos in his directorial ventures.

After a three-year hiatus from directing, he returned in 2008 with Black and White released on 7 March 2008 and, later Yuvvraaj released in November 2008. Incidentally the song "Jai Ho" was to be part of this film, but Ghai felt it was unsuitable for the actor Zayed Khan to perform onscreen;[3] later it was used in Slumdog Millionaire. After his Oscar win, A. R. Rahman revealed in an interview that it was Ghai who had asked him to use the words "Jai Ho" in a song.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ghai is married to (Rehana Farooqui) Mukta Ghai after whom he named his company Mukta Arts. He has two daughters; the elder Meghna looks after his dream project Whistling Woods International Institute for Films, Media, Animation and Media Arts.


National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards


Year Film Notes
1969 Aradhana As an Actor
Cameo appearance as Prakash
1972 Bharat Ke Shaheed As an Actor
as Vijay
1976 Kalicharan
1978 Vishwanath
1979 Gautam Govinda
1980 Karz
1981 Krodhi
1982 Vidhaata
1983 Hero
1985 Meri Jung
1986 Karma
1989 Ram Lakhan Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film
1991 Saudagar Filmfare Best Director Award
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film
1993 Khalnayak Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film
1995 Trimurti As a Producer
1997 Pardes Filmfare Best Screenplay Award
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film
1999 Taal Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film
2001 Yaadein
2003 Joggers' Park As a Producer
2004 Aitraaz As a Producer
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet
2005 Iqbal As a Producer
National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues
2006 36 China Town As a Producer
2006 Shaadi Se Pehle As an Executive Producer
2006 Apna Sapna Money Money As a Producer
2007 Good Boy, Bad Boy As a Producer
2008 Black & White
2008 Yuvvraaj
2014 Kaanchi Post-production
2013 Nimbehuli As Producer
2013 Samhita As Producer
2014 Double de trouble 1st Punjabi film as Producer
2014 Hero As music composer


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