Ashok Thakeria is a well-known Indian Movie Producer who was born in East Africa’s region of Tanzania. He did his Bachelor’s from the Bombay University in the area of Commerce. After completing his graduation, Ashok went on to launch his own production company with his partner
. They launched the company in 1983 under the name of “Maruti International”. Belonging to a non-filmy background, Ashok produced his first movie in 1985 titled “Mohabbat”. Mohabbat starred big Bollywood names like
, etc. It was directed by Bapu.
Ashok’s next project as a producer was 1988 movie “Kasam” which again had a great acting talent in stars like Poonam Dhillon, Aruna Irani, , etc. It was produced under the direction of Umesh Mehra. Both the movies were a success at the box office, which prompted Ashok to do his next production of movie “Dil” in 1990. “Dil” was a raving success at the box office due to its young star cast of
, etc. and its youth-oriented story line. This movie was a direction project of Ashok’s partner Indra Kumar.
After this movie, there was no looking back for Ashok, and he went on to produce many successful films for the Bollywood film industry. He went on to produce “
” in 1995, “Beta” in 1992, “Mann” in 1999, “
” in 2002, and so on. He produced a film named “Masti” in 2004 that went on to become a franchise of its own with sequels like “
” in 2013 and “
Great Grand Masti
” in 2016. The story of this franchise mostly revolves around three friends and their married life. They all belong to the Adult Comedy Genre.
In 2006, he produced a movie “Payare Mohan” which stared
and Vivek Oberoi as lead actors opposite Esha Deol and
. Another directorial project of Indra Kumar that Ashok produced was a 2007 movie “Dhamaal” starring
, Arshad Warsi, Ritesh Deshmukh, Aashish Chaudhary in lead roles. This film went on to have its sequel “
” in 2011 with Ritesh Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt reoccurring in lead roles.
In 2014, Indra Kumar directed another film titled “
” that was a comeback movie for the very talented yesterday’s actress Rekha in the lead role of a Nani. This was produced by Ashok. It also had
” fame as a lead. Ashok Thakeria was married to actress Poonam Dhillon in 1988 and got divorced in 1997. They have two kids together, a son named Anmol Thakeria and a daughter named Paloma Thakeria.
In 2019, Ashok produced the movie,
directed by Indra Kumar. The film featured
, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. In 2020, Ashok’s super hit film Raja starring Madhuri Dixit and
celebrated its 25 years. It was one of the successful movies not only for Ashok but for Madhuri and Sanjay. Yes, the film ran for 50 weeks at the box office and registered its Golden Jubilee with super hit songs. Ashok arranged for the golden jubilee celebration in 1995 and Ajay Devgan was present at the celebration and appreciated the team for their effort. While the movie celebrated its 25 years, the heroine of the movie Madhuri Dixit turned nostalgic and thanked the director and the production team for offering her the lead role and made it memorable.