Name: Mahesh Bhatt
Birthday: 20th September, 1948
Marital Status: Was married to Lorraine Bright (Kiran Bhatt) from 1970 to 1990. He had an extra marital affair with actress Parveen Babi which was the reason for his divorce with Kiran. He then married Soni Razdan. Mahesh Bhatt has four children; actress and director, Pooja Bhatt, actor Rahul Bhatt, Shaheen Bhatt and actress Alia Bhatt.
1) Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay (Movie : Arth) in 1984.
2) Filmfare Award for Best Story (Movie : Saaransh) in 1985.
3) National Film Awards, Special Jury Award (Movie : Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke) in 1994.
4) Filmfare Award for Best Story (Movie : Zakhm) in 1999.
5) National Film Award – Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in 1999 (Movie : Zakhm)
Biography: His directional ventures helped him create a niche for himself. His movies all deal with extreme emotional pain and trauma, violation and deviation from regular social notions and norms, all of it dealing intricately with human psychology. His works also reflect him as being a champion of women empowerment and feminist cause. A lot of his films are biographical in nature. Bhatt has had a troubled past which he is never ashamed to share. His father was a director and producer and his mother a young Muslim lady who had an intimate romantic affair; he was born out of wedlock. He was brought up by his mother. He is also the brother of renowned producer Mukesh Bhatt.
Mahesh entered the film world quite young at the tender age of 21. His directorial debut was “Sakat” which released in 1970 and in 1974 he came with “Manzilein Aur Bhi Hai”. In 1979, he worked with Vinod Khanna and Shabana Azmi for his film “Lahu Ke Do Rang”. The movie managed to earn two Filmfare Awards at the ceremony that year.
After a series of average films, he was truly noticed both commercially and by critics in his 1982 film “Arth” which dealt with infidelity and extra marital relationships. Never before had Bollywood seen a streak of real feminism that the lead lady exhibited in the film by not forgiving her husband’s infidelity. This movie ran into controversy as it challenged the notion of a good Indian woman. Yet, Bhatt had finally established himself as a successful director with immense potential and he was destines to go far!
Many of his films were narratives of his personal life and experience. He very carefully blended art and mainstream genre of films to create his own unique genre of work which is peculiar to him only. His films “Janam” and “Naam” deal with his personal experience of being born as an illegitimate child. He worked on extraordinary films like “Saaransh” in 1984 starring Anupam Kher which dealt with the trauma of an old couple left alone in a violent world. In 1987, his film “”Kaash” released which was essentially a family drama with a very sad and tragic ending.
He and his brother Mukesh launched their own production house called Vishesh Films in the year 1987. The company gave a multitude of hit in the decades to come and still continue to do so today. Movies like “Daddy” (1989), “Awaargi” (1990), “Ashiqui”(1990), “Dil Hain Ki Manta Nahin”(1991), “Sadak” (1991) were the firsts of the many more hits to come.
He won much acclaim for his 1993 film “Sir” which starred the legendary actor Nasserudin Shah. The same year he was awarded the National Award (Special Jury Felicitation) for his film “Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke”.
Mahesh Bhatt has always appreciated good work without any preconceived notions, bias or being judgmental. He has also directed television series. His most famous ones being Shobha De’s script called “Swabhimaan” and “Kabhie Kabhie” in 1997 which was written by the now-famous director Anurag Kashyap.
In 1998, he was back with a sensational movie, again based on biographical instances of his life “Zakhm”. The movie ran into controversies with the Film Censor Board for broaching in the memories of the sensitive 1993 Mumbai riots. In 1999, he retired from film direction with his film “Kartoos”. He went on to write screenplays for many box office success films like “Dushman” starring Kajol, “Gangster” (2006) and “Woh Lamhe”(2006). “Woh Lamhe” was the story of his relationship with actress Parveen Babi which had previously also inspired the character of Smita Patil in “Arth”.
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