Subhash Ghai, the brilliant filmmaker who gave a new definition to filmmaking in the 80’s and produced multiple commercially successfully movies like KARZ, HERO, RAM LAKHAN, KHAL-NAYAK etc. was recently felicitated with the ‘Visionary of India’ award at the Vision Summit - 2020 by FICCI - ETNOW with NexIndia in Mumbai.
Subhash Ghai was awarded with honor for his immense contributions as an exceptional filmmaker and an educationist, who with his Whistling Woods International Institute has made India into a brand internationally.
Thanks to glamour and glitz associated with Subhash Ghai’s movies, Ghai had won the prestigious title of Showman of Bollywood, after the demise of the original Showman of Bollywood viz. Raj Kapoor.
Besides giving Indian Cinema several blockbusters Subhash Ghai also played an important role in reviewing thespian Dilip Kumar’s career in his second inning. Ghai gave Dilip Kumar a new image of ‘Angry Old Man’ with action thrillers like VIDHAATA, KARMA, and SAUDAGAR.
Speaking on the occasion Subhash Ghai regretted that instead of establishing Indian film fraternity as a brand internationally the industry has been divided into Bollywood, Tollywood or Kollywood. He lamented, “We need to build our brand as an India that is original, not an India that apes others. Personally, I feel that it is a matter of shame when we refer to Indian cinema as Bollywood, Tollywood or Kollywood, and the media also mentions it as a brand proudly.”
He added, ‘It is our duty to literate the younger generation about the rich heritage of India and review our nation into a superpower by 2020.”
Though Subhash Ghai made commercial potboilers but from 2003 he started a new division of Mukta Arts, his production company, which encouraged the new era films like JOGGERS' PARK and IQBAL, which won him National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.