The Extraordinary Director Mahesh Bhatt
Mahesh Bhatt is one of India’s diverse director, producer and screenwriter. Direction was perhaps in his blood; his father and uncle were both Hindi film directors. Bhatt started his career as an assistant director. His directorial debut was with Sakat but it was not until films like Arth that he became a reputed film personality. Movies like Arth and many that followed were all inspired by his personal life. The brilliant director, who is a college dropout, covers wide genera of film from drama to comedy to thrillers. His earlier movies like Arth, Saaransh, Janam and Naam were all art parallel films.
He introduced several prominent actors into Bollywood through his movies, including his daughter Pooja Bhatt in Daddy and Sushmita Sen in Dastak.
Kartoos in 1999 was his last film as a director was. He dedicates his entire time on screenwriting now. Some of his well-known films are Duplicate, Dushman, Raaz, Jism, Murder, Gangster and Woh Lamhe. Woh Lamhe was based on actress Parveen Babi’s life, a woman with whom he used to have an intimate affair. From commercial to controversial, his films had it all! His film topics range from illegitimate births to extramarital affairs, real life family situations with a real life tragic ending! His films are more often psychological in nature. This outspoken director’s films provide challenging roles for actors to play, as the characters are those who have undergone deep emotional damage or trauma.
Bhatt has also worked on television shows like A Mouthful of Sky, Swabhimaan and Kabhi e Kabhie. He co-owns the production house Vishesh Films with brother, producer Mukesh Bhatt. He’s a spiritual man; he was interested in the teaching of Osho Rajneesh and later those of U.G. Krishnamurthi. About the latter, he even wrote a biography called U.G.Krishnamurthi: A Life in 1992.