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This Ghai’s back in his element

Friday, January 23, 2015
By Rajesh V Gaur and Suneel V Gaur

Ace filmmaker Subhash Ghai, the man who gave us memorable films like 'Kallicharan', 'Karz', 'Ram Lakhan', 'Karma', 'Vidhaata', 'Pardes' and many more celebrates his birthday on January 24.

Ghai 'The Showman' who is known for launching new faces and big dramas is back in his element. “I directed 'Black & White' and 'Yuvraaj' in 2008. Then I got busy with my film school Whistling Woods. Now I am directing again.” Mukta arts, his production banner, will be launching three more films this year. One of them will be 'Ishq De Maare', which will star Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. A tale of bonded family of a father and two sons.

Subhash Ghai, whose two '80s hits 'Ram Lakhan' and 'Hero' are set to be remade, says while redoing a film one should make sure that it will be relevant with time.

'Ram Lakhan' will be remade by Karan Johar and Ghai while superstar Salman Khan is remaking 'Hero'.

“What happens generally is when a filmmaker does a remake, sometimes they are not able to justify it. Remakes should be significant with time and if its essence is not lost then they are always appreciated by the audience,” Ghai said at a recent press conference.

The 69-year-old director said films are not about entertainment only.

“Films are not only for entertainment. They plays an important role in bringing out several social issues. Films should be made to depict the culture and tradition of our country,” he said.

Ghai introduced a lot of fresh talent and groomed them, making their journey to stardom easier. That’s probably the reason Subhash Ghai set up Whistling Woods in 2006, an international quality film and television training institute. Sharing his thoughts Subhash Ghai insists that “we must share our knowledge and experience with the younger generation of filmmakers and keep learning from contemporary cinema to keep pace with time and values”.

The grandeur of Ghai’s endeavour and the delight he took in extravagant storytelling, has rightly earned Subhash Ghai the sobriquet ‘Showman.’

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