Mahesh Bhatt

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Mahesh Bhatt
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Bhatt in 2011
Born (1948-09-20) 20 September 1948 (age 72) [1]
Bombay, Bombay State, India
(present-day Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Occupation
Spouse(s)
  • Lorraine Bright "Kiran Bhatt"
    (m. 1970;div. 1986)
  • (m. 1986)
Partner(s) Parveen Babi (former)
Children4 (including Pooja Bhatt, Rahul Bhatt & Alia Bhatt)
Parents
Relatives
FamilySee 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. [2] 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.

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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 . [3] He co-owns film producing company Vishesh Films with his brother Mukesh Bhatt. [4]

Early life

Bhatt was born to Nanabhai Bhatt and Shirin Mohammad Ali. [5] Bhatt's father was a Gujarati Hindu Nagar Brahmin [6] and his mother was a Gujarati Muslim. [7] [8] [9] [10]

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. [3]

Mainstream

Bhatt with Kangana Ranaut at the success party for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai in 2010 Kangana Ranaut at success party for ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI.jpg
Bhatt with Kangana Ranaut at the success party for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai in 2010

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: [11] 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. [12] 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). [13] [14] [15] [16] Bhatt also produced The Last Salute, a play directed by Arvind Gaur, based on Muntadhar al-Zaidi's book, starring Imran Zahid. [17] [18] [19] [20]

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. [21]

He has hosted some episodes of two science magazine programmes - Turning Point and Imaging Science on Doordarshan in 1990s. [22]

As of December 2018 Bhatt was a member of the Board of Patrons of the Mother Theresa Awards. [23]

Political views

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 Congress [24] and defeat BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, as he believes that Mr. Modi is communal. [25] 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. [26] Mahesh Bhatt supported the Islamist preacher Zakir Naik when the latter was denied entry into the United Kingdom for his controversial comments on terrorism. [27]

Personal life

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. [3] 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. [3] The affair did not last long. Bhatt later married Soni Razdan in 1986. [3] [28] 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". [3] Bhatt in 1992 wrote Krishnamurti's biography titled U.G. Krishnamurti, A Life. [29] 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. [30]

Legacy

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) [31] and Sunny Leone in Jism 2 (2012). [32]

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.

Filmography

Films

YearFilmDirectorProducerWriterCastNotes
1974 Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain Yes Kabir Bedi, Prema Narayan, Gulshan Arora
1977VishwasghaatYes 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
1980AbhimanyuYes
1982 Arth YesYesShabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Smita Patil, Rohini Hattangadi, Raj Kiran Won Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue
Won National Film Award for Best Actress-Shabana Azmi [33]
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Director
Remade in Tamil as Marupadiyum
1984 Saaransh YesYes 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 [34]
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Director
1985 Janam YesYes Kumar Gaurav, Anupam Kher, Shernaz Patel, Kitu Gidwani
1986AashianaYesMark Zubair, Deepti Naval, Soni Razdan
1986 Naam Yes Sanjay Dutt, Kumar Gaurav, Nutan, Poonam Dhillon, Amrita Singh
1987 Aaj YesKumar Gaurav, Anamika Pal, Smita Patil, Raj Babbar
1987 Kaash YesYes Jackie Shroff, Dimple Kapadia, Anupam Kher
1987 Thikaana Yes Anil Kapoor, Smita Patil, Amrita Singh, Suresh Oberoi, Rohini Hattangadi
1988SiyaasatYes Neelam Kothari
1988 Kabzaa YesSanjay Dutt, Raj Babbar, Amrita SinghBased on On the Waterfront
1989 Daddy YesAnupam Kher, Pooja Bhatt, Soni Razdan, Manohar Singh National Film Award – Special Mention - Anupam Kher [35]
1990 Awaargi YesAnil Kapoor, Govinda, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Anupam Kher
1990 Jurm YesVinod 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
1991SwayamYes 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 KherNominated- 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 YesSanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Sadashiv AmrapurkarWon Filmfare Award for Best Villain - Sadashiv Amrapurkar
5th highest grossing Hindi movie of the 1990s decade
Remade in Tamil as Appu
1992Saatwan AasmaanYes Vivek Mushran, Pooja Bhatt
1992 Junoon YesRahul Roy, Pooja Bhatt, Avinash Wadhawan, Rakesh Bedi Based on An American Werewolf in London
1992MaargYesVinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Dimple Kapadia, Anupam Kher, Paresh RawalOriginally titled Prem Dharam when launched in 1988 but released as Maarg straight to video
1993 Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee YesPooja 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 RawalBased on Bulundi
Remade as Gangmaster
1993 Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke YesAamir 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 YesSanjay Dutt, Sridevi, Anupam Kher, Rahul Roy, Soni Razdan
1993 Tadipaar Yes Mithun Chakraborty, Pooja Bhatt, Anupam Kher
1994 The Gentleman YesYes Chiranjeevi, Juhi Chawla, Paresh RawalRemake of Tamil movie Gentleman
1994 Naaraaz YesMithun Chakraborty, Pooja Bhatt, Atul Agnihotri, Sonali Bendre
1995 Milan YesJackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal
1995 Naajayaz YesNaseeruddin Shah, Ajay Devgan, Juhi Chawla
1995 Criminal Yes Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishna, Manisha KoiralaA Telugu – Hindi bilingual film
Based on The Fugitive
1996 Papa Kehte Hai YesYes 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 YesYesParesh Rawal, Pooja Bhatt, Sharad Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee
1998 Duplicate YesShahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Sonali BendreBased on The Whole Town's Talking
1998 Angaaray Yes Akshay Kumar, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Paresh RawalBased on State of Grace
1998 Dushman [36] Yes Kajol, Sanjay Dutt, Ashutosh Rana Based on Eye for an Eye
1999 Zakhm YesYesAjay Devgan, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Kunal KhemuWon 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 YesSanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Manisha KoiralaBased on Point of No Return which was based on the French movie La Femme Nikita
1999 Sangharsh YesAkshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Ashutosh RanaBased on The Silence of the Lambs
2001 Kasoor Yes Aftab Shivdasani, Lisa Ray, Ashutosh RanaBased on Jagged Edge
2001 Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar Yes Jimmy Shergill, Ameesha Patel
2002 Raaz YesYes Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Ashutosh RanaBased on What Lies Beneath
2002 Gunaah YesDino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Ashutosh Rana, Irrfan Khan
2003 Saaya Yes John Abraham, Tara Sharma, Mahima Chaudhry Based on Dragonfly
2003 Footpath YesYesAftab Shivdasani, Emraan Hashmi, Rahul Dev, Bipasha Basu, Irrfan KhanBased on State of Grace
2003 Jism YesJohn Abraham, Bipasha BasuBased 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 PatelBased on Unfaithful which itself was based on the French movie The Unfaithful Wife
2005 Rog YesIrrfan 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 YesKunal Khemu, Emraan Hashmi, Smiley Suri, Amrita Singh, Deepal Shaw, Ashutosh Rana
2006 Gangster YesYes Kangana Ranaut, Emraan Hashmi, Shiney Ahuja
2006 Woh Lamhe YesYesKangana Ranaut, Shiney Ahuja
2009 Raaz - The Mystery Continues YesKangana Ranaut, Emraan Hashmi, Adhyayan Suman
2009 Tum Mile Yes Emraan Hashmi, Soha Ali Khan
2011 Murder 2 YesYes Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Prashant Narayanan Based on The Chaser
2012 Jism 2 YesYes Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda, Arunoday Singh
2012 Raaz 3D YesBipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta
2013 Murder 3 YesYesRandeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sara Loren Remake of The Hidden Face
2015 Mr. X Yes Emraan Hashmi, Amyra Dastur, Arunoday SinghAlso singer of title song "Mr. X"
2015 Hamari Adhuri Kahani YesYes 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

Television

YearShowNetworkDirectorProducerNotes
1995-1997 Swabhimaan DD National Yes
1995 A Mouthful of Sky DD National Yes
1997 Kabhie Kabhie Star Plus Yes
2014CEO's Got Talent CNBC TV18 Judge [37]
2014–2019 Udaan Colors TV NoYes
2016–2018 Naamkaran Star Plus YesYes [38] [39] [40]
2017–2018 Tu Aashiqui Colors TV NoYes [41]

Web series

YearTitlePlatformNote
2019Yours Truly ZEE5

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