Subhash Ghai turns a year older on January 24. The filmmaker has some great work to his credit. However, after completing his graduation in commerce from Haryana, Ghai came to Pune FTII to pursue an acting course. In fact, Subhash Ghai may be best known for his directorial work, but his beginning in Bollywood was as an actor. After playing some supporting characters in films like Taqdeer and Aradhana, Ghai bagged a leading role in 1970 film Umang, which bombed. Almost five years later he got his first big Bollywood break as a director with Shatrugan Sinha’s Kalicharan, which became a blockbuster. There was no looking back for Ghai after that as his films ruled the silver screen in the 80s and 90s.
Subhash Ghai did not just work with renowned stars; he was quite popular for launching new talents like Manisha Koirala and Mahima Chaudhry. From Madhuri Dixit to Aishwarya Rai, all the top heroines were keen on collaborating with the filmmaker, the result was movies like Ram Lakhan, Khalnayak Taal etc. In fact, Himesh Reshammiya did revisit Subhash Ghai’s Karz, but the remake was no ode to the original. Here are five Subhash Ghai movies that you can indulge in as the filmmaker turns 74. These are also movies that can be remade with today’s top stars and we bet they’d be massive hits...
#Karz: We know that Himesh Reshammiya has ruined Karz for most of us, but a reincarnation drama with some solid twist would be a delight to watch especially if it is made the way the original was.
#Ram Lakhan: Rohit Shetty has been aching to direct Ram Lakhan remake. The filmmaker had in a recent interview revealed that he has plans of working on this entertaining two-hero project. Maybe the Simmba director will even get a cameo from the original cast – Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia and Madhuri Dixit in the revamped version. However, according to Shetty, no young star is willing to share the screen space with another star. Well, Rohit we have a suggestion please pick Ranveer Singh for Lakhan’s part he’d do complete justice to the crazy character.
#Saudagar: It was a casting coup of sorts when Subhash Ghai brought an ageing Dilip Kumar and Rajkumar in one frame. Of course, there were two fresh actors – Vivek Mushran and Manisha Koirala whose love story became the centre of feuding besties plot. We hear that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is in fact planning a movie on the lines of Saudagar where Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan will step into Dilip Kumar and Rajkumar’s characters. Now this is a movie that will have everyone queuing at the cinema halls, isn’t it?
#Khalnayak: When Subhash Ghai presented Sanjay Dutt as the anti-hero just after the actor’s arrest under TADA, the movie became a massive hit. Unlike Jackie Shroff’s cop character, Dutt as Ballu was perfectly imperfect. However, Ghai managed to make Sanjay loveable even in his grey shades. Ranbir Kapoor could be roped in to play Dutt’s role considering that he has already portrayed the actor in Rajkumar Hirani’s biopic on the Vaastav hero.
While we can think of many actors to play the male leads, there can be no replacement for Madhuri Dixit whose song Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai became a rage and continues to remain a popular track. The movie was the fourth highest grosser of the 90s.
#Taal: This 1999 film starring Aishwarya Rai, Akshaye Khanna and Anil Kapoor was one of the last directorial ventures of Ghai that was counted amongst his masterpieces. One could not take their eyes off Aishwarya, while Akshaye delivered a performance of lifetime. And we cannot even get talking about how awesome Anil Kapoor’s role in the film was. With some modern twists and great music a Taal remake would be a sureshot hit at the box office.
We also had Kalicharan, Pardes and Aitraaz in our mind, but then these five are the movies that truly deserve a re-telling.