Subhash Ghai is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and producer in the Bollywood film industry. He was born on 24th January 1945 to a family of Punjabis in Nagpur, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. He completed his Higher Secondary education in Delhi and also graduated with a commerce degree from Rohtak, in the state of Haryana. In the year 1963, he joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) by moving to Pune, Maharashtra. He got married in 1970 to Mukta Ghai. He stays with his wife and two daughters Muskaan Ghai and Meghna Ghai Puri in Mumbai.
Ghai’s Hindi cinema career started with minor roles in movies such as ‘Taqdeer (1967)’ and also ‘
’ in 1971. He played major roles in the films ‘Umang (1970)’ as well as in ‘Gumraah (1976)’ with
and Danny. He took on the role of director with a little help from
in 1975 and directed the film ‘Kalicharan’ which had become a blockbuster.
In 2004, Ghai stepped down from the role of directing and started producing films. Some of them being, ‘Iqbal’ released in 2005, ‘36 China Town’ and ‘Apna Sapna Money Money', both which came out in the year 2006. He established his film institute named Whistling Woods International in the year 2006 in Mumbai. The Institute specializes in training students in filmmaking, cinematography, direction and acting. He has received various National Film Awards. His film ‘Iqbal’ won The National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.
The Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay in 1998 went to Pardes. Ghai was the recipient of the Filmfare Award for Contribution to Indian Cinema in 2015. Mukta Arts, the production house was founded by Subhash Ghai on 24th October 1978. The production banner named after his wife Mukta completed 37 years of production in 2015. "
" was the first film produced by Mukta Arts starring
. Other famous films that came out of the production house include "
", "Khalnayak", "Pardes" and "