Rohit Shetty is an amazing director who has given Bollywood some gem movies and larger than life characters. He has made us cry laughing while watching the Golmaal series, All The Best and Bol Bachchan and got us to the edge of our seats with interesting stories like Singham, Simmba, Zameen, Dilwale and more.
The director/producer was born on March 14, 1974, to parents who had a filmy connection. His mom Ratna was a junior artist and actor/stuntman M. B. Shetty. Rohit has four siblings.
Now enough about his personal life. Today on the talented director’s birthday, lets get talking about his amazing Bollywood career – which first saw him as an AD then a director and now as a producer as well.
Rohit Shetty began his career as an assistant director at the age of 17 with Kuku Kohli for Ajay Devgn’s debut film Phool Aur Kaante. And since then he has associated with the actor on many occasions.
He worked as an assistant director on Kuku Kohli’s Suhaag (Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor), Haqeeqat (Ajay Devgn, Tabu) and Zulmi (Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna). He was also part of Anees Bazmee’s Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (Ajay Devgn, Kajol), followed by Hindustan Ki Kasam (Raaj Kumar) and Raju Chacha (Ajay Devgn, Kajol).
Rohit Shetty shares a very close relation with his Singham actor Ajay Devgn and that can be seen through their association in films. Both started their careers (Rohit as an AD) in Kuku Kohli’s Phool Aur Kaanke. After working together in a number of occasions Rohit decided to move up and start directing film. And none other than direct his friend Ajay Devgn.
Almost 13 years later, Rohit began his career as a director with Zameen (2003). The film started Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu. This film that saw Ajay as Colonel Ranvir Singh Ranawat and Abhishek as the assistant commissioner of the ATS wasn’t a super hit and did average at the box office.
Carrying forward his association with Ajay, Rohit directed him in 7 consecutive films – Golmaal: Fun Unlimited, Sunday, Golmaal Returns, All The Best: Fun Begins, Golmaal 3, Singham and Bol Bachchan. Almost all these films worked magic at the box office. He then directed Chennai Express starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone – a first in his decade long career.
After that, Rohit returned to directing Ajay Devgn in three film – where he was a producer as well. These film were Singham Returns and Golmaal Again where Ajay played the main/pivotal character. In the recently released Simmba, Ajay reprised his character as Inspector Bajirao Singham for a special scene towards the end of the film.
Let’s talk more about his relationship with Ajay Devgn:
Rohit started his career with Ajay as Colonel Ranvir Singh Ranawat who will do his all for sake of the country’s reputation and safety. His dedication to the job is sure to envoke a feeling of patriotism in all who watch it.
Rohit’s comic franchises- Golmaal, saw Ajay play the mischievous and trouble maker Gopal in the first part. Though his name stays the same in the subsequent installments, his characteristics in each changed. We saw him play a married guy working for a fishery company in the second, a short tempered person in the third and a person scared of the supernatural in the fourth. In spite of the film featuring an ensemble cast, Rohit made sure that his friend wasn’t lost in any. In all parts Rohit was successful in making us laugh with Ajay’s character.
With Singham, Rohit Shetty introduced Bollywood to the larger than life inspector Bajirao Singham aka Ajay Devgn. He continued the franchise with Singham Returns and we loved him even more. This character was full of action who will go to any lengths to get things done the right way and for the betterment of the public.
The actor-director duo is also responsible for giving us some amazing rib tickling films like All The Best and Bol Bachchan.
It seems like Rohit Shetty can beautiful pull out the comic and action actor in Ajay Devgn. And we at BollywoodBee think – just maybe – Ajay Devgn is Rohit’s lucky mascot!
On the work front, Rohit’s last release was a super hit and saw Ranveer Singh esaaying the role of the comic yet rightful Inspector Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao. Rohit is currently busy with the pre-production work of Sooryavanshi starring Akshay Kumar as an inspector as well.
Rohit Shetty played Akshay Kumar’s body double in Suhaag