Mahesh Bhatt is the person who needs no introduction. He is an iconic name of the Hindi Film Industry.
Mahesh Bhatt is a storyteller par excellence. He wears many hats. From direction and production to writing, he has a commendable grasp over different aspects of filmmaking. Bhatt’s phenomenal storytelling skills have always been way ahead of his time. At the time when people hesitated to even talk about the tabooed subject of sexuality, Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt dauntlessly penned down scripts on the subject.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt showcased women in a limelight in his movies, a phenomenon that is still sometimes non-existent. He is one of the few Bollywood personalities who never shies away from calling a spade a spade.
Mahesh Bhatt was an epic storyteller and his stories gave a glimpse of how his mind sought out a different perspective to the stereotyped Bollywood storylines. He opines on every issue, be it political or social or at times trivial, a habit which has won him both admirers and detractors.
Away from the limelight and lechery, Mahesh Bhatt champions many causes in the industry and remains to be one of the most significant filmmakers and storyteller of his age. As he turns 71 today, let’s walk through some of his masterpieces.
Summers before ’74
Mahesh Bhatt got his first job when he was in school, so he started summer jobs to earn money. Then he met film director Raj Khosla through a cousin. At the age of 26, he made his debut as a director with the film Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain in 1974.
Even in that time, he has put some different aspects of the stories which were not at all common at that time. Like he always.
Mahesh Bhatt has given us a number of timeless films that are applicable even today
An excellent craftsman and even beautiful storyteller. Mahesh Bhatt who has given the film industry some of his best works and talents has blessed Bollywood with his unique description of timeless tales like Aashiqui, Arth, Saaransh.
On his birthday today, we give you a rundown of some amazing films from the maverick genius that you simply should not miss
Mahesh Bhatt made Arth in a time when extra-marital affairs were considered culturally out of boundaries. Smitha Patil and Shabana Azmi have performed brilliantly in their opposing roles that make the film so special and relevant till date.
Jagjit Singh’s soulful songs like Tum Itna Joh Muskura Rahe Ho and Jhuki Jhuki Nazar really add the cherry on the cake. Arth the film was based on his own love story with Parveen Babi.
Without a doubt, one of the most powerful films ever made in Bollywood. Saraansh traces the struggles of an aging father fighting for justice for his son who was killed by criminals. The 1984 film received three Filmfare Awards and one National Award that year. It also marked the debut of Anupam Kher in Bollywood. We have heard in the past that Rajshri, the film’s producers, wanted Sanjeev Kumar to play the lead for the film, but Bhatt insisted on Kher. The rest, as they say, is history: Saraansh wanted Sanjeev Kumar to play the lead but Mahesh Bhatt insisted on Anupam Kher.
Zakhm was based on communal harmony and how certain existent forces divide us on the basis of religion. Apart from Ajay Devgn’s stupendous acting that bagged him the national award, Pooja Bhatt has played a remarkably strong role as well along with Kunal Kemmu’s child character that stands out amongst the others.
The story is about a girl Sonia, who is raped and murdered by Gokul. To avenge her death, her twin sister, Naina, takes help from a retired Major Suraj Singh Rathod, a man with visual impairment, and plans to teach Gokul a lesson.
The story is about a police officer, Reet, who learns about a religious fanatic, Pandey, who abducts children. She then joins forces with a prisoner in order to punish Pandey.
The story is about an alcoholic lawyer, Kabir who falls in love with Sonia, the wife of a travelling millionaire, who convinces him to murder her husband. Later, Kabir is shocked to learn of her motivation for the murder.
Woh Lamhe :
An aspiring actress, Sana Azim, makes several attempts to kill herself. Filmmaker Aditya Garewal, after learning that she is suffering from schizophrenia, tries everything to save her from self-destruction.
Simran, who relocates to Seoul, is distraught when Daya, a gangster, re-enters her life. She has to make a choice between him and her lover Akash, who is a singer at an Indian restaurant.
Humari Adhuri Kahani :
Five years after her husband went missing, Vasudha, a single mother, falls for Aarav, a hotel baron. However, her missing husband, Hari, returns, thereby creating a rift between the two lovers.
Murder 2 :
Arjun, an ex-police officer, is hired to trace missing sex workers. When Reshma, a young prostitute, recruited to entice the abductor goes missing, Arjun needs to find her.
Happy Birthday to the Mastermind, who is behind some of the beautiful movies of Bollywood.