Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra started off as an ad-film director. He also directed Amitabh Bachchan's first pop-music video.
Soon after, he released his first feature film as a director starring Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpai in the lead. The film, Aks, was a remake of Face-Off and was not a commercial hit, although Rakyesh's attempts were appreciated.
However, Rakyesh's second film Rang De Basanti with Aamir Khan in the lead and a young cast was a huge hit and is credited to have inspired India's youth.