Ace director Rohit Shetty turns 45. Here’s a tribute to the person who tickles funnybones like none

The director who is known for bringing comedy, romance, and action – all in one frame, Rohit Shetty deserves a bow for his spectacular delivery of films and inimitable direction. Born on 14 March 1973, this Indian director cum producer has a huge number of films and documentaries in his kitty.

Among many Rohit Shetty works, films like Golmaal, Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3, Singham, Bol Bachchan, Singham Returns, Dilwale and Chennai Express have shone brightly across the filmy nation.

Owing to his excellent work as a director, he had been nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Director. For a man who started his career at the age of 17 as an assistant director, Rohit has come a long way. He got his first break in Ajay Devgn’s film Phool Aur Kaante, under Kuku Kohli. The film co-starred Madhoo. He also assumed the role of assistant director in Ek Aur Kohinoor. The film, however, never released.

Rohit worked with Kohli on films like Suhaag (Ajay, Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor), Haqeeqat (1995) (Ajay, Tabu) and Zulmi (Akshay, Twinkle Khanna). Later, he took up another film project named Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha with Anees Bazmee and followed it up with Hindustan Ki Kasam and Raju Chacha.

At the age of 30, Shetty directed his debut feature film Zameen which starred Ajay Devgn. He was an independent director in this movie. It was only in 2006 that Shetty rose to fame and name. Comedy film Golmaal turned heads and tickled funnybones at the box office and turned out to be box office success. The tryst with Golmaal still continues. The third sequel to Golmaal was also recently released and was received stupendously well at the Box office.

He is second to none when it comes to directing and presenting comedy films. Chennai Express, Dilwale and Singham are his brainchild and that speaks more for him than anything else.