Raj Kumar Santoshi
Raj Kumar Santoshi, the son of legendery P.L.Santoshi, has started his career as an assistant director to the Govind Nahlani. He worked with him in the making of the movie "Ardha Satya". Later he becomes the director and directed many super stars which includes Amitabh Bacchan, Aamir Khan, Sunny Deol, Ajay Devgan, Salman Khan, etc.
Filmography of Raj Kumar Santoshi
This is his directorial debut movie. It released in the year 1990. The star cast of the movie includes Sunny Deol, Meenakshi Sheshadri and Amrish Puri. This is story about the injustice made to an innocent man and how he takes revenge on the same. Sunny Deol get the National Award for Best Actor for this movie. This movie was grand success and Raj Kumar Santoshi became over night popular with this movie.
Going by the success of his first movie, he made one more movie on social injustice, called Damini. The movie released in the year 1993. This movie has a huge star cast that includes Rishi Kapoor, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Sunny Deol, Amrish Puri & Kul Bhushan Kharbanda. This movie talks about an innocent girl, who gets into a dilemma when she saw an injustice made by her in-laws to the maid in their house. When she started raising voice against the injustice, she found the whole world against her. Her only support was a lawyer, portrayed by Sunny Deol. Again for this movie Sunny Deol won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor. What a remarkable performance by him!
Andaz Apna Apna
After two mega social block busters, Raj wants to make some thing different. So he tried his hands in comedy. Andaz Apna Apna released in the year 1994, is the best laugh riot till date. This is a story about two idiots played by the perfectionist Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, who dreams big but not interested to do the hard work. This is my all time favorite movie!
In 1995, he tried his hand in romantic genre movies. He made a love story with debutant Bobby Deol and Twinkle Khanna. This movie is a typical love story with in boy and girl, opposed by family etc. The screenplay and the acting took the lead sheet in this movie. This movie is produced by Dharmendra and on the acting front the new comers were supported brilliantly by Raj Babbar and Danny Denjorpa.
In 1996, he came back to his favorite action and revenge plot with Ghatak. The movies highlight is again its dialogue and star cast. The casting of the movie includes his favorite Sunny Deol, Meenakshi Shesadri, Amrish Puri and Danny Denzorpa. Amrish Puri won the Film fare award for Best Supporting Actor for this movie.
All the five movies made by Raj Kumar till 1996 were block busters but in 1998 his remake of Sholay did not do well in Box office. China Gate is the movie's name, the story is similar to that of Sholay, where a rather than two, ten ex-army officers came to rescue a village from the Dacoit. The star cast includes Om Puri, Naseerurdin Shah, Danny Denjorpa, Amrish Puri and a lot of brilliant actors. But the role of Jageera, the dacoit has been portrayed by the debutant Mukesh Tiwari is the highlight of the movie.
Two years after China Gate, he came with Pukar in 2000. The star cast of the movie includes Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Danny Denjorpa. This story talks about the human emotions, a very well scripted movie. Anil Kapoor got his National Award for Best Actor for this movie. Though the award has got into controversy for its selection but it was a real worthy performance by the star.
In 2001, he made a movie keeping the weaker sex in mind. Lajja includes a strong star cast of Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit, Mahima Chaudhury, Rekha, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Ajay Devgan and Danny. The movie is again highlights the societies negative approach towards the weaker sex. For his brilliant performance Ajay Devgan won the National Award for this movie.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
In 2002, Raj Kumar Santoshi turns patriotic. He made a movie on Bhagat Singh and the other freedom fighters. The movie was more in news for its controversy as this movie is the land mark movie which creates a gap in the relationship of Raj Kumar Santoshi and Sunny Deol. In the same year, Sunny too produced a movie on Bhagat Singh starring himself and Bobby Deol. No doubt that, Raj Kumar Santoshi's movie is a better portray of the history. Again the lead star of the movie Ajay Devgan won one more National Award for his performance.
In 2004, Raj Kumar Santoshi's dream to work with the star of the millennium Amitabh Bacchan came true, with his movie Khakee. This movie is about the police department. Along with Amitabh Bacchan, this movie also has Akshya Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Ajay Devgan, Tushar Kapoor and Atul Kulkarni. A very well depicted story it was. Ajay Devgan begged the Filmfare Award for Best Villian for this movie.
A movie with Amitabh Bacchan in the lead role and directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi, created a lot of hype before it released in the year 2006. However, it does not turn out to be a mega block buster as expected. The movie has a descent star cast of Amitabh, Akshya Kumar, debutant Aryeman Ramsay and Bhumika Chawla. Though its not a block buster but definitely this movie is worth watching once.
In 2008, he came with a story that resembles the most infamous Jassica murder case. The star cast of the movie includes Ajay Devgan, Pankaj Kapoor and Vidya Balan. Though the movie is not a big success in Box office but the performance by Pankaj Kapoor is something that one should not miss to watch!
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
In 2009, he came back to a romantic comedy "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab kahani". The star cast of the movie includes Ranvir Kapoor & Katrina Kaif. This is a good movie to watch out for! Although there should not be any comparison between this movie and Andaz Apna Apna, but people compared the two and finds the earlier one is a better movie made by Raj Kumar Santoshi.
Upcoming movie of Raj Kumar Santoshi
This year one more movie of Raj Kumar Santoshi is going to be released. The name of the movie is "Power". The mega star cast of Power includes Amitabh Bacchan, Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Amisha Patel and Kangana Raut. The movie is going to be released in August 2011.