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Subhash Ghai – A Predominant Director & Khalnayak of Bollywood


Subhash Ghai

Quick Facts

  • Name: Subhash Ghai
  • Famous As: Film Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Birth Date: 24 January 1945 (Nagpur, Maharashtra)
  • Awards: Filmfare Award for Best Director (1992), Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay (1998), National Film Award (2007), IIFA Award (2015)


Early Life

Subhash Ghai is a well-known director, producer, and screenwriter in Bollywood industry. He was born on 24 January 1945 in Nagpur, India. In Delhi, his father was a dentist. Subhash Ghai completed his higher secondary education from Delhi and then graduated from Rohtak, India in Commerce. He decided to join the Film and Television Institute of India located in Pune so as to pursue his future. He started his married life in 1970 when he married a girl named Rehana Alias Mukta from Pune, Maharashtra. He has two daughters (Meghna Ghai Puri and Muskaan Ghai).


Earlier, Subhash Ghai worked as a side hero in films like Taqdeer in 1967 and Aradhana (1971). After these small roles, he got a chance and become a lead actor in 1970’s Umang and Gumraah (1976). But this was only the starting point in his prestigious career because after sometimes with the recommendation of Shatrughan Sinha, he directed his first film Kalicharan in 1976. After that, he has not taken his step back. Since then he has written and directed a total of 16 blockbuster films. He also worked with Dilip Kumar and along with him, he directed so many blockbuster films like Vidhaata in 1982, Karma in 1986 and Saudagar in 1991. He was also awarded by the Filmfare for his tremendous work in Saudagar. In Hero (1983), he launched the Jackie Shroff as the leading actor and also help the Anil Kapoor to establish his career with Meri Jung in 1985.

Subhash Ghai – Indian Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter

An Array of Blockbusters

After that, he went to regularly work with Jackie and Anil, he also cast them together in many films like Karma (1986), Trimurti (1995) and Ram Lakhan (1989). These movies are the blockbuster movies of that time. Subhash Ghai also starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff in his movie Khalnayak which was launched in 1993 and this movie also introduced the hit song “Nayak Nahin Khalnayak Hu Main” along with the controversial song “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai”. He worked quite superbly but his biggest blockbuster is Pardes and Taal which were the super hit movies at the box office and also gain so much popularity in International Cinema. He also worked with Shahrukh Khan, Mahima Chaudhry and Apoorva Agnihotri in his film Pardes.

Ups and Downs in Bollywood

In 1999, he directed Taal in which he cast Akshaye Khanna, Aishwarya Rai and also Anil Kapoor. But as we all know, in every profession there are also some downfalls so, after his blockbuster movies he directed films like Yaadein in 2001 and Kisna in 2005 and these movies were the box office flops. After Yaadein and Kisna, he took a break from directing and became a producer. As a producer, he created films like Aitraaz in 2004, Iqbal in 2015, 36 China Town in 2006 and Apna Sapna Money Money in 2006. In 2006, He also started his own film institute named as Whistling Woods International in Mumbai.

This institute trains the students professionally and provides them with the information about the filmmaking, direction, production, cinematography, acting, and animation. Since 1970, he has been contributing to the Indian Cinema with his magnificent work. After the huge break from directing, Ghai returned in the Bollywood Industry with his film named as Black and White which was released on 7 March 2008 and later he released Yuvvraaj in November 2008 which didn’t perform well in the Indian Cinema.

Subhash Ghai


He got the Filmfare Award for Best Director in 1992 for his movie Saudagar. In 1998, he got the Filmfare award for Best Screenplay for the movie Pardes. He also received the National Film Award for Best Film on other social issues in 2007 for his brilliant film Iqbal. In 2015, he also awarded by the IIFA for his outstanding Contribution to international Cinema.

Quotes by Subhash Ghai

“I see the world around me and write stories that I feel will inspire.”

“Film making is a democratic art. Like we have different faces, we have different sensibilities, which come across in our films.”

“My process of movie making is through observation.”

“I want to make films the way I have made them all my life.”


Written By: Milan Bhardwaj


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