Ramesh Talwar is one of the Bollywood directors who couldn’t make it really big in the film industry. He directed a few movies, none of which did so well. He also assisted direction in a few movies, most of which were big hits.
Talwar’s directorial debut was in Doosra Aadmi (1977) starring Rishi Kapoor, Rakhee and Neetu Singh. The movie was critically acclaimed with some award-winning performances. Talwar’s second film was Baseraa (1981) starring Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee and Rekha. It was a good movie with strong performances. His next film was Sawaal (1982), starring Sanjeev Kumar and Shashi Kapoor. In 1984, he directed Duniya, starring Dilip Kumar and Rishi Kapoor. It was a good film, but didn’t manage to do so well at the box-office. In 1985, he made a film with Rajesh Khanna and Rishi Kapoor called Zamana, which didn’t do as well as expected, though it had some strong performances. Talwar’s next film Sahibaan (1993), starring Rishi Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, which again faired poorly. His last direction was in Dr.Mukta (2000), starring Jaya Bhaduri, which failed badly. As an assistant director, he worked with Yash Chopra in a few films like Ittefaq (1969) starring Rajesh Khanna and Nanda, Daag: A Poem of Love (1973) starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore, Joshila (1973) starring Dev Anand and Hema Malini, Deewaar (1975) starring Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor, Kabhi Kabhie – Love is Life (1976) starring Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. All of these films did well and were critically acclaimed, except for Joshila.
Ramesh Talwar has been a part of IPTA (The Indian People's Theatre Association) which was formed during the Quit India Movement in 1942. Other contributors include Kaifi Azmi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Sahir Ludhianvi, Balraj Sahni, Shabana Azmi, Farooque Shaikh, Kader Khan, Yunus Parvez and others. He has directed two films for IPTA viz. Kashmakash and Shatranj Ke Mohre, both films starring Anjaan Srivastav and Avtar Gill.