Mahesh Bhatt to make a come back with Sadak 2

Born on 20 September 1948, this noted Indian Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter, Mahesh Bhatt, is exclusively knwon for his off beat Cinema in Bollywood.  Son to Nanabhai Bhatt and Shirin Mohammad Ali, Bhatt did his schooling from Don Bosco High School, Matunga, Mumbai. While still in school, Bhatt started summer jobs to earn money, and also started making product advertisements. He was introduced to film director Raj Khosla through an acquaintance. Bhatt thus set his first step in Bollywood as an assistant director to Khosla. Bhatt married his first wife Kiran (born Lorraine Bright) whom he had met in his student life. His romance with her was an inspiration for his film Aashiqui. Bhatt and Kiran had two children (Pooja Bhatt and Rahul Bhatt) but his marriage stumbled following difficulties in his early career. Bhatt, later fell in love with actress Soni Razdan and married her.Bhatt and Soni has two daughters Shaheen Bhatt and Alia Bhatt.

Bhatt as a Producer...

A stand-out film from his earlier period is Saaransh (1984), screened at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival. It became India's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for that year. The 1986 film Naam was his first piece of commercial cinema. In 1987, he turned producer with the film Kabzaa under the banner, "Vishesh Films", with his brother Mukesh Bhatt.

Bhatt went on to become one of the most recognized directors of the Indian film industry in the next decade, giving both art-house work such as Daddy (1989) and Swayam (1991), as well as commercial romantic hits like Awaargi (1990), Aashiqui (1990) and Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), in which he casted  Pooja with actor Aamir Khan. He next directed Sadak (1991) which remains his highest grossing either directed or produced under the banner, "Vishesh Films".

During the 1990s Bhatt won critical acclaim for Sir (1993), along with other hits such as Gumraah (1993) and Criminal (1994). In 1994 he won the National Film Award – Special Jury Award for the Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993). In 1999, he directed the autobiographical Zakhm, for which he was garnered with the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Bhatt has produced contemporary films such as Jism, Murder and Woh Lamhe.

Bhatt as a Director...

At the age 26, Bhatt made his debut as a director with the film Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain in 1974. His 1979 Lahu Ke Do Rang, starring Shabana Azmi and Vinod Khanna in lead roles, won two Filmfare Awards in 1980. Helen received her first Filmfare as Best Supporting Actress and Madhukar Shinde won it for Best Art Direction. The film did "above average" at the box office. He was noticed and received great critical acclaim with art film Arth (1982), when he turned to his personal life for inspiration but doubt persists as to whether it is an original film. Later, he made many more films taking insights from his personal life wherein he highlighted personal narratives ranging from out-of-wedlock birth, to extramarital affair, and created critically acclaimed works such as Janam (1985) and Saaransh (1984), an exploration of an old couple's anxieties in a universe governed by arbitrary violence (1986).

Bhatt had one of his biggest releases with musical romance film Aashiqui (1990), in collaboration with T-Series. The film launched Rahul Roy, Anu Agarwal and Deepak Tijori in the lead roles and became a major commercial success due to the hugely popular soundtrack by Nadeem-Shravan, which catapulted the music director duo into stardom. He launched his daughter Pooja Bhatt as a lead actress opposite Aamir Khan in Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991). The film was a commercial success and hugely acclaimed for its soundtrack. Bhatt's directorial Saathi (1991) was the only major success for Aditya Pancholi as a lead actor, thus giving a boost to his career. It was the biggest hit of the actor's career.[citation needed]

Bhatt's biggest release during that time was Sir (1993). The film launched Atul Agnihotri opposite Pooja Bhatt and Naseeruddin Shah was featured in the title role of an aspiring and dedicated teacher. The film was a commercial success and gained critical acclaim for Bhatt's direction and the acting of Shah, Pooja, Agnihotri and Paresh Rawal. The film had an acclaimed and popular soundtrack by Anu Malik, which gave a boost to the music director's stellar career and he joined the league of top music directors of Bollywood.

In 1995 he moved to television, then a newly opening medium in India. He made two TV series in 1995: the English language A Mouthful of Sky written by Ashok Banker and the popular Hindi language serial Swabhimaan scripted by writer Shobha De. He directed another TV series, Kabhie Kabhie, in 1997 which was written by Anurag Kashyap, Vinta Nanda and Kamlesh Kunti Singh. He is known to have copied many Hollywood movies into mainstream Hindi movies without even acknowledging it. For example, Fugitive was remade in Hindi as Criminal. He has many times copied portion of Hollywood movie scene and enacts into his films. Following this, he directed dramas like Dastak (1996), the debut film of Miss Universe 1994-turned-actress Sushmita Sen, and Tamanna (1997), and tried his hand at comedy with Duplicate in 1998. Zakhm (1998) based on the Mumbai riots of 1993.

His last film as director was Kartoos (1999). Thereafter, Bhatt retired a director and took to screenwriting, churning out stories and screenplays for over twenty films, many of which were box-office successes, like Dushman, Raaz, Murder (2004), Gangster (2006), Woh Lamhe (2006), based on the life of actress Parveen Babi, along with many more. His banner vishesh films still continues operating today as one of Indian Cinemas leading production banners. Bhatt entered into the world of theatre with his protege Imran Zahid as of now he has produced three plays.The Last Salute, based on Muntadhar al-Zaidi's book of the same title, a journalist investigating atrocities Trial of Errors, that opened on 29 March 2013 in Delhi. stage adaptation of Bhatt of his movie, Arth (film). Bhatt also produced The Last Salute, a play directed by Arvind Gaur, based on Muntadhar al-Zaidi's book, starring Imran Zahid.

Other professional work...

Bhatt is co-owner of film production house, Vishesh Films, with Mukesh Bhatt. He is a member of the advisory board of U.S. nonprofit TeachAIDS.

He has hosted some episodes of two science magazine programmes - Turning Point and Imaging Science on Doordarshan in 1990s.

Political views...

Bhatt believes the Congress party is committed to secularism. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he campaigned a Karvan-e-Bedari (caravan of awareness) asking people to vote for Congress and defeat BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, as he believes that Mr. Modi is communal.Bhatt also criticizes the communal record of Congress Party, for its role in 1984 Sikh genocide. He is planning to make a film, which will address the 1984 Sikh genocide that took place in Delhi.

Personal life...

Bhatt fell in love with Lorraine Bright and got married when he was 20 years old. Bright changed her name to Kiran Bhatt. The couple have two children, a daughter Pooja Bhatt, a former actress, now a producer, and a son Rahul Bhatt, an aspiring actor. The marriage ended when Bhatt had an affair with the glamorous actress of the 1970s, Parveen Babi. The affair did not last long. Bhatt later married Soni Razdan in 1986.The couple have two daughters, Shaheen Bhatt and Alia Bhatt. Emraan Hashmi is his cousin Anwar Hashmi's son and thus his nephew.

In the 1970s, he became a follower of Osho, and later found spiritual companionship and guidance with philosopher, U.G. Krishnamurti. Bhatt calls Krishnamurti his lifeline and says "Take him away, and I am empty". Bhatt in 1992 wrote Krishnamurti's biography titled ‘’U.G. Krishnamurti, A Life.’’Apart from this, he has edited several books based on conversations with U.G. Krishnamurti. Bhatt's latest book A Taste of Life: The Last Days of U.G. Krishnamurti was published in June 2009.

Mahesh Bhatt is of Kashmiri Pandit origin, and has been involved in campaigning for the cause of Kashmiri Pandit resettlement in the valley.


Bhatt is also known for his choice of music. Many composers had their first mainstream success in Bollywood while working with him. Nadeem-Shravan had their first hit album in Bollywood with Bhatt's directorial Aashiqui, which established them as the biggest music directors for the next decade. They would collaborate with Bhatt in many films to create successful soundtracks. Examples include Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, Sadak and Saathi (1991), Junoon (1992), Tadipaar and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993). Nadeem-Shravan went on to compose music for several productions of Vishesh Films

 He is known for his unconventional style of filmmaking and his subjects, which reflect many of his experiences in life. In 1998, his movie Zakhm ran into trouble with the censor board because of critical references to the 1993 Mumbai riots. This movie told the story of his Muslim mother and the pressure she suffered for her relation with his Hindu father Nanabhai Bhatt – who was himself a well known film producer. He wrote the book U.G. Krishnamurti: A Life. In 1982, Shabana Azmi essayed an award-winning performance in his movie ‘Arth’. His movie ‘Saaransh’ had debutant Anupam Kher in a memorable role. Mahesh Bhatt started producing films under his banner Vishesh Films set up in 1987, along with his with younger brother Mukesh.

His poignant understanding of life, relationship and its reflection on cinema is exemplary, which makes Mahesh Bhatt’s movies dauntingly realistic and imaginably relatable. With a boastful filmmography as producer, director and writer, Bhatt’s craft needs no introduction. He gave gems like Saransh, Zakhm and Arth to Indian film industry.

Bhatt has never shied away from speaking his mind, whether it's related to the world or films or beyond it. He has a strong voice, opinionated mind, beautiful family and almost a century old lineage to carry forward.

Some other unknown facts about him are :

  • It was Bhatt who led iconic dancer Helen, who ruled the 80s with her sizzling numbers, to a Filmfare acting award. Helen bagged the award for Best Supporting Actress for Bhatt’s directorial Lahu Ke Do Rang in 1979.      
  •  His critically-acclaimed film Saransh, starring Anupam Kher, was India’s official entry to the Oscars in 1985 for Best Foreign Language Film. 
  • Not many know that he directed popular TV shows, Swabhimaan and Kabhie Kabhie.       
  • The filmmaker had once said that he owes his success to women "I owe everything that I am today to my brief association with this magnificent woman,” he was quoted as saying in an interaction after demise of veteran actress Parveen Babi.
  • He is a follower of philosopher UG Krishnamurti and has even penned the latter’s biography titled ‘U.G. Krishnamurti, A Life’ in 1992. He has also authored another book titled ‘A Taste of Life: The Last Days of UG Krishnamurti’. Notably, when Krishnamurti was bedridden before he passed away, Bhatt was at his bedside in Vallecrosia in Italy. He took care of his guru’s cremation as well. 
  • Trying his hand at singing, Bhatt voiced a song in Mr X, which starred his nephew Emraan Hashmi in the lead role. 
  • When he was merely 20 years of age, he fell in love with Lorraine Bright, who changed her name to Kiran Bhatt after marriage with the filmmaker.
  • Hailing from a filmy family, Bhatt ventured into the film business as producer-director Raj Khosla’s assistant in 1971. His first project was Mera Gaon Mera Desh, alongside Khosla. He debuted into filmmaking with a documentary titled Sakat in 1979.
  • Music composer duo Nadeem-Shravan had their first hit album in Bollywood with Bhatt's directorial Aashiqui, which established them as the biggest music directors for the next decade.
  • Bhatt gave up direction after his mother’s death. His last directorial was Kartoos in 1999.

Current Project...

Recently, Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur were snapped at Mahesh Bhatt's office and it fuelled the reports of them being on board for filmmaker's 'Sadak2'.

Now, according to the latest reports, all three of them along with Pooja Bhatt are part of the film. This is the first time Alia will work with her father and her sister while Dutt reunites with the director after 23 long years. Aditya will be working under the same banner which gave him his first film 'Aashiqui 2'.

Getting emotional about the project, Mahesh Bhatt termed it as his "last act" as he is getting old. He also added that he never thought he would get hear 'A Mahesh Bhatt film' again.

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