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Subhash Ghai

Subhash Ghai
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Born (1945-01-24) 24 January 1945 (age 71)
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, known for his works predominantly in Hindi cinema. 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), Taal (1999), and Black & White (2008). In 1982, he started Mukta Arts Private Limited which, in 2000, became a public company, with Subhash Ghai as its executive chairman. In 2006, he received the National Film Award, for producing the social problem film Iqbal.[2]

Early life

Subhash Ghai was born in Nagpur in a Punjabi family. His father was a dentist who practised in Delhi. Subhash did his higher secondary in Delhi and thereafter graduated in Commerce from Rohtak,[3] Haryana. In 1963, he moved to Pune, Maharashtra, to join the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). In 1970, he married a girl from Pune named Rehana alias Mukta. Today, he lives in Mumbai with his wife, Mukta Ghai and daughters, Meghna Ghai Puri ans Muskaan Ghai. Meghna Ghai Puri is the President of Whistling Woods International, film and media institution in Mumbai set up by Subhash Ghai in 2006.


Ghai started his career in Hindi cinema as an actor with small roles in films including Taqdeer (1967) and Aradhana (1971). He was the male lead in the 1970s Umang, and Gumraah (1976).[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 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.[citation needed] He introduced Jackie Shroff 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[citation needed] . He went onto frequently work with Shroff and Anil Kapoor, icasting 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 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 . His following films were Yaadein (2001) and Kisna (2005).

He then took a break from directing and turned producer with films including Aitraaz (2004), Iqbal (2005), 36 China Town (2006) and Apna Sapna Money Money (2006). In 2006, he set up his own film institute Whistling Woods International in Mumbai.[4] The institute trains students in filmmaking: production, direction, cinematography, acting, animation. Ghai has done 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.[5] A. R. Rahman stated in an interview that Ghai had asked him to use the words "Jai Ho" in a song.[6]


National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards

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Year Film Role
1969 Aradhana
1972 Bharat Ke Shaheed
1976 Kalicharan
1978 Vishwanath
1979 Gautam Govinda
1980 Karz
1981 Krodhi
1982 Vidhaata
1983 Hero
1985 Meri Jung
1986 Karma
1989 Ram Lakhan
1991 Saudagar
1993 Khalnayak
1995 Trimurti As a Producer
1997 Pardes
1999 Taal
2001 Yaadein
2003 Joggers' Park As a Producer
2003 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah As a Producer
2004 Aitraaz As a Producer
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet
2005 Iqbal As a Producer
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
2013 Nimbehuli As Producer
2013 Samhita As Producer
2014 Double Di Trouble As Producer
2014 Kaanchi: The Unbreakable


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