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Name: Subhash Ghai  
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Date of Birth: 24th January 1943
Place of Birth: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Profession: Director
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Subhash Ghai (born January 24, 1943/1945, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India) is an Indian director whose most notable films include Khal Nayak (1994), Pardes (1997) and Taal (1999).

Brief biography

Subhash graduated in commerce from Rohtak, Haryana and moved to Pune, Maharashtra to learn cinema at the Film and Television Institute of India. After attaining a diploma, he started working in the Indian film industry in 1970.


His directorial break was the film Kalicharan (1976) which was one of the biggest hits of its time. As of 2005, he has written and directed 15 movies out of which 13 were big hits. In 1986, he won the National Award for his movie Karma.

In 1982, he formed a company - Mukta Arts Private Limited which, in 2000, became a public company. Subhash Ghai is its chairman and managing director.

Pardes (Abroad) and Taal (The Beat) were released internationally and featured in the Top 20 movies in USA for several weeks.

Selected Filmography

  • Kalicharan (1976)
  • Karz (1980)
  • Hero (1983)
  • Karma (1986)
  • Ram Lakhan (1989)
  • Saudagar (1991)
  • Khal Nayak (1993)
  • Pardes (1997)
  • Taal (1999)
  • Yaadein (2001)
  • Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005)

Criticism of his films

His films tend to be very patriotic and very pro-Indian. He has been criticized for disparaging westerners and portraying them as liberal, immoral people. For example, in Pardes, there was a scene (set in California) where a disproprotionate number of people were smoking inside a club. Mahima Chaudhary objects to all of the smoking. This is very odd considering that in California, very few people actually smoke and the smoking rate is significantly higher in India than it is in California. Ghai also accusses the affluent, "westernized NRIs" of womanizing and not keeping up with traditional aspects of the Indian culture when, in fact, a lot of the very same stuff happens in Mumbai on a regular basis.

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