Subhash Ghai Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Subhash Ghai

Nickname(s)Showman, Dream Merchant
Profession(s)Film Director, Producer, Actor, Screenwriter, Music Director
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 85 kg
in pounds- 185 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 January 1945 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2024)79 Years
BirthplaceNagpur, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
SignatureSubhash Ghai's Signature
HometownKanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
College/UniversityFilm and Television Institute of India
Educational QualificationGraduation In Commerce From Rohtak, Haryana
DebutFilm (Director): Kalicharan (1976)
Subhash Ghai's Debut (Director) Kalicharan
Film (Producer): Aitraaz (2004)
Subhash Ghai's Debut (Producer) Aitraaz
Film (Actor; Supporting Role): Taqdeer (1967)
Subhash Ghai's Debut (Actor) Taqdeer
HobbiesReading, Writing, Listening to Music
Awards, Honours, Achievements 1998: Filmfare Award: Best Screenplay for Pardes
2006: National Film Award for Best Film On Other Social Issues: Producer for Iqbal
2013: Skill Tree Education Evangelist of India
2015: IIFA Award for outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema
Controversies• In 1993, the controversial song "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai" of his directorial movie "Khalnayak," was criticized over the central theme of the lyrics of the song which was being considered as vulgar and socially absurd.
• After the shooting of Saudagar starring Manisha Koirala (her launching pad in Bollywood), Dilip Kumar, and Raj Kumar, Manisha's mother Sushma Koirala revealed in an interview that Subhash Ghai made derogatory advances towards her daughter. She also told that he would daily have a one-hour discussion with Manisha in her vanity van in her absence. Although Manisha did not make any comment on these allegations, the star did not work with Subhai Ghai after that. Subhash refuted these allegations stating that Sushma Koirala wanted her daughter to become popular in a very short period and that's the only motive behind those allegations.
• In 2010, Israel based model Rina Golan who released her book "Dear Mister Bollywood: How I Fell in Love with India, Bollywood and Shah Rukh Khan" revealing the bitter truth about casting couch in Bollywood. Subhash Ghai's name was among the few names she had mentioned in the book whom she met during her struggle in Bollywood. She claimed that starting her discussion with Subhash Ghai in the living room was gradually shifting to his bedroom. Subhash Ghai denied the rumours claiming that he could not even recall if he ever met Rina Golan or ever read her book.
• In an interview, Salman Khan on being asked that if he ever hit his ex-girlfriends "Katrina Kaif & Aishwarya Rai", he revealed that he never hit the two actresses, and the only time he raised his hand was on director Subhash Ghai. Though he apologized to Subhash the very next day. Salman revealed that he smashed Ghai only after Ghai's provocation “There are times when you do get out of control. That person hit me with a spoon, almost broke a plate on my face, pissed on my shoes and grabbed me by the neck. I could not control myself. And see what happened. Next day, I had to go and apologize.”
• In 2018, during the MeToo campaign, an anonymous woman alleged that he had drugged and raped him. Kate Sharma, an actress, and model also alleged that he molested her by forcefully trying to kiss and hug her.
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date1970
Wife/SpouseRehana alias Mukta Ghai
Subhash Ghai' With His Wife
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter(s)- Meghna Ghai Puri (President of Whistling Woods International Institute), Muskaan Ghai
Subhash Ghai's With His Daughters
ParentsFather- K.D Ghai (Dentist)
Mother- Subhadra Ghai
Subhash Ghai's Parents
SiblingsBrother- Ashok Ghai
Subhash Ghai's Brother
Sister- None
Favourite Things
Favourite Director(s)Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt
Favourite Actor(s)Dilip Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt
Favourite ActressesAishwarya Rai, Alia Bhatt
Favourite SingerAsha Bhosle, A. R. Rahman
Style Quotient
Car CollectionAudi A4
Subhash Ghai's Car
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)₹144 Crore

Subhash Ghai

Some Lesser Known Facts About Subhash Ghai

  • Does Subhash Ghai smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Subhash Ghai drink alcohol?: Yes Subhash Ghai Drinking
  • He was born in Nagpur and did his schooling from Delhi and completed his graduation from Rohtak, Haryana. He went to Pune and joined Film and Television Institute of India.
  • His career started in Bollywood as an actor, playing minuscule roles in movies such as “Taqdeer” (1967) and “Aradhana” (1971).
  • In Umang and Gumraah, he played the male lead role.
  • In 1982, he launched ‘Mukta Arts’, his film production company and has produced many movies under its banner since then. Subhash Ghai's Production House (Mukta Arts)
  • He made his directorial debut with “Kalicharan starring Shatrughan Sinha.
  • In the 1980s and 1990s, his collaboration with Dilip Kumar whom he directed in “Vidhaata” (1982), “Karma” (1986), and “Saudagar” (1991), was a success. Later, Ghai won the Filmfare Best Director Award for Saudagar.
  • He also introduced Jackie Shroff; making him the lead actor in “Hero” (1983) and assisted actors like Anil Kapoor in uplifting their career.
  • Later on, he cast Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor together in Karma (1986), Ram Lakhan (1989), and Trimurti (1995).

  • In 1991, with 42 Bollywood stars, 250 dancers, and 200 musicians, he organized and directed a Magnum Audi Visual stage show ‘CINEMA CINEMA’ to celebrate 100 years of world cinema at NSCI Mumbai.
  • In 1993, two of the songs “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai” and “Nayak Nahin Khalnayak Hu Main” of his movie “Khalnayak” starring Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, and Jackie Shroff became very popular because of the controversial lyrics they had.

  • In the 90s, the media gave him the title “Showman.”
  • He was the first in the film industry to introduce insurance policy with his movie “Taal” and also took the initiative of banks to finance movies.
  • He took a  break from the industry when his movies (Yaadein in 2001 and Kisna in 2005) failed at the box office.
  • He made a come back by turning into a producer and produced movies including Aitraaz (2004), Iqbal (2005), 36 China Town (2006), and Apna Sapna Money Money (2006).
  • He established his own film institute ‘Whistling Woods International’ in Mumbai in 2006. It gives training in the areas: direction, animation, cinematography, production, and acting.
  • After a break of three years, he returned back to direction with “Black and White” and “Yuvvraaj” in 2008.
  • He is also credited to have produced some regional movies like ‘Double Di Trouble’ in Punjabi, ‘Nauka Dubi’ in Bengali, ‘Sanai Chaughade’ and ‘Samhita’ in Marathi.
  • According to a survey in 2016, he had directed and written a total of 16 movies in his career.
  • A. R. Rahman revealed in an interview that Subhash Ghai once suggested him to use “Jai ho” in a song.
  • He was on an international panel on film piracy at Cannes film festival in 2008 and has also been on the jury panel of Emmy awards for three years.