|Born|| 20 September 1948 |
|Partner(s)||Parveen Babi (former)|
|Children||4 (including Pooja Bhatt, Rahul Bhatt & Alia Bhatt)|
|Family||See Bhatt family|
Mahesh Bhatt (born 20 September 1948) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter known for his works in Hindi cinema. 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 director of the Indian film industry in the next decade, giving both art-house works 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 cast 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 directing Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993). In 1999, he directed the autobiographical Zakhm, which has garnered the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Bhatt has produced contemporary films such as Jism , Murder and Woh Lamhe .He co-owns film producing company Vishesh Films with his brother Mukesh Bhatt.
Bhatt was born to Nanabhai Bhatt and Shirin Mohammad Ali.Bhatt's father was a Gujarati Hindu Nagar Brahmin and his mother was a Gujarati Muslim.
Among his siblings is the Indian film producer Mukesh Bhatt. Bhatt did his schooling from Don Bosco High School, Matunga. While still in school, Bhatt started summer jobs to earn money, while also making product advertisements. He was introduced to film director Raj Khosla through acquaintances. Bhatt thus started as an assistant director to Khosla.
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.
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.
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 the writer Shobha De. He directed another TV series, Kabhie Kabhie , in 1997 which was written by Anurag Kashyap, Vinta Nanda and Kamlesh Kunti Singh. 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) which did average business at the box office. 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.
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.
As of December 2018 [update] Bhatt was a member of the Board of Patrons of the Mother Theresa Awards.
Bhatt believes the Congress party is committed to secularism. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he campaigned in a Karvan-e-Bedari (caravan of awareness) asking people to vote for Congressand 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 riots. He is planning to make a film, which will address the riots that took place in Delhi. Mahesh Bhatt supported the Islamist preacher Zakir Naik when the latter was denied entry into the United Kingdom for his controversial comments on terrorism.
Bhatt married Lorraine Bright when he was 20 years old. His romance with her was the inspiration for his film Aashiqui . 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 Mahesh Bhatt had an affair with 1970s actress, 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.
As a director and producer, Mahesh Bhatt has a legacy of mentoring many actors and actresses and launching their careers, giving big names to Bollywood. He is notable for launching the careers of Anupam Kher in Saaransh (1984), Rahul Roy, Anu Agarwal and Deepak Tijori in Aashiqui (1990), daughter Pooja Bhatt in Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin and Sadak (1991), Atul Agnihotri in Sir (1993), Sonali Bendre in Naaraaz (1994), Samir Soni in A Mouthful of Sky (1995), Sharad Kapoor, Sushmita Sen and Mukul Dev in Dastak (1996), Ashutosh Rana in Tamanna (1997), Manoj Bajpayee in Dastak (1996), Tamanna (1997), Dushman (1998) and Sangharsh (1999), Aftab Shivdasani in Kasoor (2001), Dino Morea and Bipasha Basu in Raaz (2002), Aparna Tilak in Footpath (2003), Emraan Hashmi in Footpath and Murder (2004), Mallika Sherawat in Murder (2004), Kunal Khemu in Kalyug (2005), Shiney Ahuja and Kangana Ranaut in Gangster and Woh Lamhe (2006)and Sunny Leone in Jism 2 (2012).
Bhatt has also given breakthrough to many stars, bringing turning point in their careers. These names include Sanjay Dutt and Kumar Gaurav in Naam (1986), Aditya Pancholi in Saathi (1991), Paresh Rawal in Sir (1993), and Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor in Aashiqui 2 (2013).[ citation needed ]
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.
|1974||Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain||Yes||Kabir Bedi, Prema Narayan, Gulshan Arora|
|1977||Vishwasghaat||Yes||Sanjeev Kumar, Shabana Azmi, Kabir Bedi|
|1978||Naya Daur||Yes||Rishi Kapoor, Bhavana Bhatt, Danny Denzongpa|
|1979||Lahu Ke Do Rang||Yes||Vinod Khanna, Shabana Azmi, Danny Denzongpa, Helen||Won 2 Filmfare Awards including Best Supporting Actress - Helen|
|1982||Arth||Yes||Yes||Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Smita Patil, Rohini Hattangadi, Raj Kiran||Won Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue |
Won National Film Award for Best Actress-Shabana Azmi
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Director
Remade in Tamil as Marupadiyum
|1984||Saaransh||Yes||Yes||Anupam Kher, Rohini Hattangadi, Soni Razdan||Won Filmfare Award for Best Story |
National Film Award for Best Lyrics - Vasant Dev
India's official entry to the 57th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Director
|1985||Janam||Yes||Yes||Kumar Gaurav, Anupam Kher, Shernaz Patel, Kitu Gidwani|
|1986||Aashiana||Yes||Mark Zubair, Deepti Naval, Soni Razdan|
|1986||Naam||Yes||Sanjay Dutt, Kumar Gaurav, Nutan, Poonam Dhillon, Amrita Singh|
|1987||Aaj||Yes||Kumar Gaurav, Anamika Pal, Smita Patil, Raj Babbar|
|1987||Kaash||Yes||Yes||Jackie Shroff, Dimple Kapadia, Anupam Kher|
|1987||Thikaana||Yes||Anil Kapoor, Smita Patil, Amrita Singh, Suresh Oberoi, Rohini Hattangadi|
|1988||Kabzaa||Yes||Sanjay Dutt, Raj Babbar, Amrita Singh||Based on On the Waterfront|
|1989||Daddy||Yes||Anupam Kher, Pooja Bhatt, Soni Razdan, Manohar Singh||National Film Award – Special Mention - Anupam Kher|
|1990||Awaargi||Yes||Anil Kapoor, Govinda, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Anupam Kher|
|1990||Jurm||Yes||Vinod Khanna, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Sangeeta Bijlani, Shafi Inamdar|
|1990||Aashiqui||Yes||Rahul Roy, Anu Aggarwal, Reema Lagoo||Won 4 Filmfare Awards |
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Director
|1991||Swayam||Yes||Waheeda Rehman, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal, Soni Razdan|
|1991||Saathi||Yes||Aditya Pancholi, Mohsin Khan, Varsha Usgaonkar, Paresh Rawal, Anupam Kher|
|1991||Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin||Yes||Aamir Khan, Pooja Bhatt, Anupam Kher||Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Film |
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Director
Based on It Happened One Night
Remade in Tamil as Kadhal Rojavae
|1991||Sadak||Yes||Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Sadashiv Amrapurkar||Won Filmfare Award for Best Villain - Sadashiv Amrapurkar |
5th highest grossing Hindi movie of the 1990s decade
Remade in Tamil as Appu
|1992||Saatwan Aasmaan||Yes||Vivek Mushran, Pooja Bhatt|
|1992||Junoon||Yes||Rahul Roy, Pooja Bhatt, Avinash Wadhawan, Rakesh Bedi||Based on An American Werewolf in London|
|1992||Maarg||Yes||Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Dimple Kapadia, Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal||Originally titled Prem Dharam when launched in 1988 but released as Maarg straight to video|
|1993||Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee||Yes||Pooja Bhatt, Rahul Roy, Pooja Bedi||TV movie (Zee TV)|
|1993||Gunaah||Yes||Sunny Deol, Dimple Kapadia|
|1993||Sir||Yes||Naseeruddin Shah, Pooja Bhatt, Atul Agnihotri, Paresh Rawal||Based on Bulundi |
Remade as Gangmaster
|1993||Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke||Yes||Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Kunal Khemu||Won 5 Filmfare Awards including Best Film |
National Film Award – Special Mention (shared with producer Tahir Hussain)
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Director
Based on Houseboat
|1993||Gumrah||Yes||Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi, Anupam Kher, Rahul Roy, Soni Razdan|
|1993||Tadipaar||Yes||Mithun Chakraborty, Pooja Bhatt, Anupam Kher|
|1994||The Gentleman||Yes||Yes||Chiranjeevi, Juhi Chawla, Paresh Rawal||Remake of Tamil movie Gentleman|
|1994||Naaraaz||Yes||Mithun Chakraborty, Pooja Bhatt, Atul Agnihotri, Sonali Bendre|
|1995||Milan||Yes||Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal|
|1995||Naajayaz||Yes||Naseeruddin Shah, Ajay Devgan, Juhi Chawla|
|1995||Criminal||Yes||Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishna, Manisha Koirala||A Telugu – Hindi bilingual film |
Based on The Fugitive
|1996||Papa Kehte Hai||Yes||Yes||Jugal Hansraj, Mayuri Kango, Anupam Kher|
|1996||Chaahat||Yes||Shahrukh Khan, Pooja Bhatt, Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Ramya Krishna|
|1996||Dastak||Yes||Sushmita Sen, Mukul Dev, Sharad Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee|
|1997||Tamanna||Yes||Yes||Paresh Rawal, Pooja Bhatt, Sharad Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee|
|1998||Duplicate||Yes||Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Sonali Bendre||Based on The Whole Town's Talking|
|1998||Angaaray||Yes||Akshay Kumar, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Paresh Rawal||Based on State of Grace|
|1998||Dushman||Yes||Kajol, Sanjay Dutt, Ashutosh Rana||Based on Eye for an Eye|
|1999||Zakhm||Yes||Yes||Ajay Devgan, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Kunal Khemu||Won Filmfare Best Story Award |
Screen Award for Best Story
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration
|1999||Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan||Yes||Saif Ali Khan, Twinkle Khanna||Originally titled Mr. Aashiq, audio released under that name as well|
|1999||Kartoos||Yes||Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala||Based on Point of No Return which was based on the French movie La Femme Nikita|
|1999||Sangharsh||Yes||Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Ashutosh Rana||Based on The Silence of the Lambs|
|2001||Kasoor||Yes||Aftab Shivdasani, Lisa Ray, Ashutosh Rana||Based on Jagged Edge|
|2001||Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar||Yes||Jimmy Shergill, Ameesha Patel|
|2002||Raaz||Yes||Yes||Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Ashutosh Rana||Based on What Lies Beneath|
|2002||Gunaah||Yes||Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Ashutosh Rana, Irrfan Khan|
|2003||Saaya||Yes||John Abraham, Tara Sharma, Mahima Chaudhry||Based on Dragonfly|
|2003||Footpath||Yes||Yes||Aftab Shivdasani, Emraan Hashmi, Rahul Dev, Bipasha Basu, Irrfan Khan||Based on State of Grace|
|2003||Jism||Yes||John Abraham, Bipasha Basu||Based on Body Heat which itself was based on Double Indemnity|
|2003||Inteha||Yes||Vidya Malvade, Ashmit Patel, Nauheed Cyrusi||Based on Fear|
|2004||Murder||Yes||Mallika Sherawat, Emraan Hashmi, Ashmit Patel||Based on Unfaithful which itself was based on the French movie The Unfaithful Wife|
|2005||Rog||Yes||Irrfan Khan, Ilene Hamann||Based on Laura|
|2005||Zeher||Yes||Shamita Shetty, Emraan Hashmi, Udita Goswami||Based on Out of Time|
|2005||Nazar||Yes||Meera, Ashmit Patel, Koel Purie|
|2005||Kalyug||Yes||Kunal Khemu, Emraan Hashmi, Smiley Suri, Amrita Singh, Deepal Shaw, Ashutosh Rana|
|2006||Gangster||Yes||Yes||Kangana Ranaut, Emraan Hashmi, Shiney Ahuja|
|2006||Woh Lamhe||Yes||Yes||Kangana Ranaut, Shiney Ahuja|
|2009||Raaz - The Mystery Continues||Yes||Kangana Ranaut, Emraan Hashmi, Adhyayan Suman|
|2009||Tum Mile||Yes||Emraan Hashmi, Soha Ali Khan|
|2011||Murder 2||Yes||Yes||Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Prashant Narayanan||Based on The Chaser|
|2012||Jism 2||Yes||Yes||Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda, Arunoday Singh|
|2012||Raaz 3D||Yes||Bipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta|
|2013||Murder 3||Yes||Yes||Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sara Loren||Remake of The Hidden Face|
|2015||Mr. X||Yes||Emraan Hashmi, Amyra Dastur, Arunoday Singh||Also singer of title song "Mr. X"|
|2015||Hamari Adhuri Kahani||Yes||Yes||Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Rajkummar Rao|
|2016||Love Games||Yes||Patralekha, Gaurav Arora, Tara Alisha Berry|
|2016||Raaz Reboot||Yes||Emraan Hashmi, Kriti Kharbanda, Gaurav Arora, Suzanna Mukherjee|
|2018||The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City||Himself, Kay Kay Menon, Neha Khan||Acting debut, Post production|
|2020||Sadak 2||Yes||Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur|
|1995||A Mouthful of Sky||DD National||Yes|
|1997||Kabhie Kabhie||Star Plus||Yes|
|2014||CEO's Got Talent||CNBC TV18||Judge|
|2017–2018||Tu Aashiqui||Colors TV||No||Yes|
Pooja Bhatt is an Indian film director, actress, voice over artist, model, and film maker. The recipient of several accolades, including two National Film Awards. Born into the Bhatt family, she is the daughter of Indian filmmaker, Mahesh Bhatt. Bhatt played her first leading role in Mahesh Bhatt's television film Daddy in 1989. For the film, she won the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year for Best Female Debut
Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin is a 1991 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film. It was produced by Gulshan Kumar, directed by Mahesh Bhatt, and starred his daughter Pooja Bhatt in her first major lead female role, while the lead male role was played by Aamir Khan. Supporting roles were played by Anupam Kher, Sameer Chitre, and Tiku Talsania, while Deepak Tijori made a special appearance.
Udita Goswami is a former Indian actress who worked in Hindi cinema. She has been married to film director Mohit Suri since 2013.
Syed Emraan Anwar Hashmi is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films. Initially known for performing bold scenes, Hashmi has since portrayed strong roles in films. One of the most unconventional actors of India, Hashmi has received three Filmfare Award nominations.
Zakhm is a 1998 Indian Hindi-language drama film produced by Mukesh Bhatt for Pooja Bhatt Productions and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. The lead roles are played by Ajay Devgn, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Kunal Khemu and Nagarjuna, with music composed by M. M. Keeravani. The film won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
Mohit Suri is an Indian film director. Born into the Bhatt family, he is well known for directing films such as the suspense thriller Murder 2 (2011), the musical romance Aashiqui 2 (2013) and the romantic thrillers Awarapan (2007), Ek Villain (2014) and Malang (2020). He has been married to Udita Goswami since 2013. He is the cousin of Alia Bhatt, Rahul Bhatt and Emraan Hashmi.
Sadak (transl. Road) is a 1991 Indian Hindi-language romantic thriller film directed by Mahesh Bhatt. It stars Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt. The film is the one of the highest-grossing movies of the year 1991. The film is also fondly remembered for the late Sadashiv Amrapurkar's award-winning performance as the film's villain, Maharani. The film was inspired by the 1976 American movie Taxi Driver. This film was remade in Tamil as Appu (2000), directed by Vasanth and stars Prashanth and Devayani in lead roles, with Prakash Raj as the antagonist. A sequel, Sadak 2 was released on 28 August 2020 in Disney+ Hotstar.
Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain is a 1974 Bollywood crime thriller film directed by Mahesh Bhatt, and starring Kabir Bedi, Prema Narayan and Gulshan Arora in lead roles. The rights of this film are now owned by Glamour Eyes Films.
Kunal Deshmukh is an Indian film director and restaurateur. He grew up in Mumbai, India.
Vishesh Films is an Indian film producing company owned by Mukesh Bhatt. Vishesh Films is one of the most successful Indian film production houses. The production company is named after Vishesh Bhatt, the son of Mukesh Bhatt.
Mukesh Bhatt is an Indian film producer and actor who has produced several Bollywood films. He is the younger brother of Mahesh Bhatt, and also the co-owner of the production company Vishesh Films, set up in 1986. He is the uncle of Pooja Bhatt, Rahul Bhatt, Shaheen Bhatt, Emraan Hashmi and Alia Bhatt.
The 37th Filmfare Awards were held in 1992.
Robin Bhatt is a writer in Bollywood. He is the half-brother of Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt and son of Nanabhai Bhatt. He has written many films and was nominated thrice and won an award for Baazigar. He is honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at Jaipur International Film Festival-JIFF in 2019. His debut film as writer was Aashiqui, which proved to be a hit film. He has written many films for Bhatt Productions.
Raaz 3: The Third Dimension is a 2012 Indian 3D horror thriller film directed by Vikram Bhatt, and produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt. The movie features Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta as main characters. The film is the third installment in the Raaz series, which is a sequel to Raaz: The Mystery Continues in 2009, which itself was a sequel to Raaz in 2002. Bipasha Basu, who was a part of the first film of the Raaz series, made a comeback to the series after opting out of the second film. It was one of the films in a series of quasi-sequels released under the Bhatt Banner including Raaz: The Mystery Continues, Murder 2, Jannat 2, Jism 2, 1920: Evil Returns, Murder 3 and Aashiqui 2, each of which had nothing to do with their respective prequels, but somehow fell into the same genre following a similar story.
Faaiz Anwar is an Indian poet and lyricist who has written songs for popular movies including Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Saajan, Tum Bin, Jab We Met, Dabangg, and Rowdy Rathore.
Pravin Bhatt is an Indian film cinematographer, director and screenwriter, who has worked in Hindi cinema from 1970s to 2010s and shot most of the films directed by Mahesh Bhatt, like Arth (1982), Masoom (1983) and Aashiqui (1990) and his son Vikram Bhatt, Raaz (2002). Besides this he shot films like Umrao Jaan (1981) and Agneepath (1990).
Aashiqui 2 is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language romantic musical drama film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mukesh Bhatt, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under the Vishesh Films and T-Series Films, with Mahesh Bhatt serving as presenter. A spiritual successor to the 1990 musical film Aashiqui, with a storyline loosely based on and inspired by the 1954 and 1976 versions of the 1937 film A Star Is Born, the film stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles, with Shaad Randhawa and Mahesh Thakur in supporting roles, as well as Salil Acharya in a cameo appearance.
Smilie Suri or Smiley Suri is an Indian model, actress and dancer, who appears in Bollywood films. Suri made her Bollywood debut with the 2005 film, Kalyug, which was her brother's directorial debut as well. The film turned out to be a certified box office huge success.
Hamari Adhuri Kahani is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mahesh Bhatt under the banner Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios. The film stars Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, and Rajkummar Rao. It is based on the love story of Bhatt's parents, Nanabhai Bhatt, Shirin Mohammad Ali and his stepmother. The film was released worldwide on 12 June 2015 receiving mixed reviews from critics.
Sadak 2 is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language action thriller road film directed by Mahesh Bhatt and produced by Mukesh Bhatt under their banner Vishesh Films. The film is the sequel to the 1991 film Sadak. The sequel stars Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Jisshu Sengupta and Aditya Roy Kapur. The film marks Mahesh Bhatt's return as a director after 20 years. The shooting began on 18 May 2019.
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