Date of Birth: 20-Sep-49
Birth Place: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Description: Mahesh Bhatt is a prominent Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Bhatt's early directional career consisted of acclaimed films, such as Arth, Saaransh, Janam, Naam and Zakhm. He was later the writer of numerous commercial films in a range of film genres, from dramas like Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke and comedies like Duplicate, though he was mostly recognised for thrillers like Inteha, Jism, Murder and Woh Lamhe. Mahesh Bhatt was born to Nanabhai Bhatt. His parents separated when he was small and was raised by his mother. He went through various phases of beliefs, including following Osho and U.G.Krishnamurti. hatt began his career as an assistant to Hindi director Raj Khosla. At age 21 he made his debut as a director, with the film Sakat (1970). His first major hit came with Arth (1982), when he turned to his personal life for inspiration. In 1987 he turned producer, when he set up his own banner Vishesh Films, with his brother Mukesh Bhatt. In 1995 he moved to television, then a newly opening up medium in India. He made two TV series, the English language "A Mouthful of Sky" written by Ashok Banker and the popular Hindi language serial "Swabhimaan" scripted by writer Shobha De. His last film as director was Kartoos (1999). Thereafter, Bhatt retired a director, and took to screenwriting full-time, churning out stories and screenplays for over twenty films, many of which were box-office successes, like Dushman, Raaz, Murder (2004), Gangster (2006) and lastly Woh Lamhe (2006). He married Kiran Bhatt, in 1970, and the couple had two children, a daughter Pooja Bhatt, a former actress, now a producer, and Rahul Bhatt, an aspiring actor. His second wife is Soni Razdan, an accomplished film actress and director. He has two daughters from Soni Razdan, Shaheen Bhatt and Alia Bhatt. Emraan Hashmi a Hindi film actor is his nephew. Sourced from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahesh_bhatt)
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Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt is all set to make his Bollywood acting debut with Mukul Misra’s Siddhartha. He will be seen playing a buddhist monk in the film and he tweeted a couple of images from the sets this morning. Bhatt looks tailor made for the role of a serene monk as we see him seated cross-legged before a statue of Gautam Buddha. Along with the photos, he tweeted the following - “Life is pain! Do not ask why it is so? It is so!” He further added, “Stepping into the frame of silence. Mukul Misra’s Siddhartha.” Actor Shivram Bhargav will play the lead role in Siddhartha and his love interest will be played by Shazahn Padamsee who is also Bhatt’s daughter in the film. Talking about Mahesh Bhatt, Shazahn had said, “He’s someone whom I deeply admire and respect. It’s going to be like a dream to have him as a co-actor, especially in the role of my father.” While the acclaimed director seems a perfect fit for the role of a monk, we wonder how will he manage to stay in character. Since monks are usually silent and reserved and our Bhatt sahab simply cannot stop talking!
As the election fever continues to grow, Bollywood too has joined the fray. The entire film fraternity is divided over supporting Narendra Modi. A bunch of celebrities including names like Imtiaz Ali, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nandita Das, Govind Nihalani, Saeed Mirza, Zoya Akhtar, Nandita Das, Kabir Khan, Mahesh Bhatt, Shubha Mudgal and Aditi Rao Hydari have signed an open letter addressed to the citizens of India. It appeals to Indians to vote for a secular party. Many people feel that this letter is asking people to not vote for Narendra Modi and a party like BJP. On the other hand, you have people like Madhur Bhandarkar and Tusshar Kapoor taking to Twitter to speak out against this letter. Bhandarkar tweeted, “Shocking to see some colleagues, under garb of stopping so-called divisive forces, are themselves dividing a secular place like Bollywood.” Tusshar wrote, “To cover up for corruption & bad governance, the 'secular' card is being stretched a bit too far! No party can claim the secular prize!” The online debate reached a level that #BollywoodSplit was even trending on Twitter on Thursday morning. Other celebrities who spoke out in support of Narendra Modi are Lata Mangeshkar, Anupam Kher and Vivek Oberoi. Bollywood personalities usually prefer to keep away from political issues but these elections have caused quite a few tempers to flare. Related News: FIR filed against Hema Malini for violating model code of conduct FIR filed against Raj Babbar for violating model code of conduct yet again Bollywood stars contesting elections in 2014
Renowned filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is all set to promote the film YA RAB, produced by True Films – Mohsin Ali Khan and Meesan Ali Khan, directed by Hasnain Hyderabadwala who used to be an assistant to Bhatt Sahab back in the days, the film also features Big Boss contestant Ajaz Khan and Jammu actress Arjummam Mughal. Come February 7th 2014, Ya Rab will be a film shown educating people and refraining them from using Islam as means to spread violence and terrorism in the world. The basic idea of the film is to showcase how, so far, Islam has been used as a tool to propagate terrorism, where as the holy book, The Quran does not approve of terrorism in anyway at all. After hearing the script and watching the film, Bhatt Sahab has taken keen interest to promote the film.
Balika Vadhu star Pratyusha Bannerji is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Mahesh Bhatt, suggest rumours. This will be an epic paradigm shift as she played the traditional Rajasthani girl Anandi- but she’s apparently set to play the lead in Bhatt’s erotic thriller! While Pratyusha was not available for comment, a source says, “Pratyusha has already cleared the look test and is said to have already been offered a role in a sequel to one of Mahesh Bhatt's recent hits. But she is not allowed to discuss details of the project at this moment. Things are at an early stage and we will get a clearer picture in the next few weeks.” When contacted, however, Pooja and Mahesh Bhatt denied the news- so we really wonder what the real scoop is!
To measure an actor’s popularity one does not need a popularity check meter. Especially in the case of an actor like Emraan Hashmi, the fans make it a point to tell with their presence what the actor means to them. This is exactly what happened in Delhi recently when Emraan was shooting for the movie Jannat – 2. It seemed like the whole of the capital was out and about just to get a glimpse of their favourite actor. “His popularity has gone up manifolds after Murder-2. What we have witnessed in Delhi is one example of that very fact,” says filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.