Indian native Subhash Ghai began his film career after completing his education at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, Maharashtra. His first picture to receive critical recognition was Kalicharan (1976). It told the story of a police officer who goes undercover to investigate a socially connected individual with ties to crime; the movie became one of the director’s biggest hits.
After forming Mukta Arts in 1982, Ghai won the National Award for Karma (1986), an action-adventure story that portrayed a man who unwittingly finds himself on the wrong side of a crime boss in a struggle to protect the welfare of his family, and exact revenge against the evil regime. It was hailed by India’s president as the best film on antiterrorism.
Pardes (1997) confronted the difficulties of Westernization, whereas Taal (1999) paired two unlikely lovers in a struggle to find personal and public acceptance of their bond, while fighting against the socially acceptable boundaries and expectations of their world. Both had international releases and were well received in the United States. Other popular films directed by Ghai include Saudagar (1991), which he also wrote, and Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005), which he cowrote.
Associated with exceptional grandeur and epic proportions, Ghai’s pictures became most successful in the 1990s, as he strove to outdo himself with each coming release, ultimately resulting in Pardes. Each of these films feature a song and-dance number placed near the climax. Ghai’s unique style and unwavering standard of excellence has earned him a place as one of the most successful and prolific Hindi directors and, although he is known for hyping his own epics, he remains”The Showman” of Bollywood.