Subash Ghai was born on 24 January 1945, in Nagpur. Ghai completed his higher secondary in Delhi and further graduated in Commerce from Rohtak.Thereafter he moved to Pune to join Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and after attaining a diploma in 1970, he started working in the Indian film industry.

Surprisingly, few will be aware of the fact that before becoming a director in Bollywood, Subhash Ghai had tried his hand at acting also. He kick started his journey in Bollywood as an actor playing small roles in films like 'Taqdeer' and 'Aradhana' and both the films bombed at box office. He even was the main lead in the 1970's 'Umang' and 'Gumraah'.

Later he marked his directorial debut with the film ' Kalicharan'. His best films lists include Kalicharan, Hero, Meri Jung, Karma, Ram Lakhan, Pardes and many more.

Ghai even recieved honor from President with a national award for making an anti-terrorism picture, 'Karma' in 1986.

One of his most notable film was 'Iqbal' in 2006, for which he even recieved the National Film Award.

AR Rahman stated in an interview that the ‘Jai Ho’ song hummed by him in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ that won him the coveted Oscar was initially Ghai's idea as he had asked Rahman to use the words "Jai Ho" in a song.

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