Birthday Special: The creative genius Mahesh Bhatt turns 70


Mahesh Bhatt is an icon who has managed to change the face of cinema with his way of thinking and his creativity. At a young age Bhatt set foot in the world of films where he attained fame, respect and a lot of appreciation worldwide. On one side where he received a lot of praise for his work and his cinematic vision, on the other his personal life would be in the news. Yet Bhatt never let that stop him from living his life with dignity.

On the occasion of Bhatt’s 70th birthday, will look at some of the roles he has played in his own life.

Director/ Producer & Screenwriter
Bhatt is a genius known for his creativity behind the camera. He has a way of bringing reality onto the big screen in a way that will leave one amazed. From comedy, to romance, hard hitting dramas to stories based on reality Bhatt has explored various genres in cinema. Some of his greatest films are ‘Arth’ (1982), ‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke’ (1993), ‘Zakhm’ (1999) and many more. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that by watching his films one can learn a lot. Each film is different yet they all manage to grip the audience with their powerful stories. Bhatt is known mostly for his work as a director but he has in fact produced films as well as done some great work as a screenwriter.

A Father
Being a father is a very big responsibility and Bhatt takes his role very seriously. His relationship with his children is such that they are able to speak to one another openly be it films, their lives or what is happening in the world. Whether it’s on social media or in an interview he will always be present supporting his children either by encouraging them with his words or standing by their side. When his daughter Pooja Bhatt was facing her own battles he remained by her side constantly motivating her to keep going. Alia Bhatt has said in one of her interviews that when she was troubled about the release of one of her earlier films, she went to her father’s office who told her to just say whatever was in her mind in a room full of people and it worked. He is a supportive father who is willing to encourage and advise his children whenever they need him.

A Survivor
It is said that every person has to go through various trials in their life, such can be said about Bhatt and his life. In his interviews he has always been open about his life and about the problems he has faced. Be it his childhood and the times he faced growing up or his fight against alcoholism. Everything Bhatt had experienced in his life turned into a lesson for him which perhaps he felt would be interesting to share through cinema. In fact some of his films have revealed the many things he has had to go through in his life. ‘Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee’ (1993) and ‘Woh Lamhe’ (2006) showed some glimpses of his real life.

From his words Bhatt never seems to be bitter about his life and what he has had to experience instead he has embraced everything and learnt from it.

A Wise Man
When listening to Bhatt one tends to stop and listen with great attention such is the intelligence of this man. On different social media platforms he likes to display pictures with some motivational captions. Even his interviews are very inspiring as he speaks about various topics with great knowledge. He can talk confidently about films, politics, life with no hesitation. Whether it is the fact that he speaks the truth or the fact he says everything with such conviction one definitely feels that they are able to learn something from the words of the great Mr Bhatt.

A Mentor
The Indian film industry can be a difficult place to be in but with the right people around it can be a little less daunting. Bhatt in his time has managed to change the lives of many youngsters trying to make a name for themselves in the industry. Two such names are Anu Agarwal and Rahul Roy who became big stars overnight with their first film ‘Aashiqui’ (1990). Even his own daughter Pooja Bhatt began her film career in his film called ‘Daddy’ (1989) but it was the film ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin’ (1991) another film directed by her father that brought her a lot of appreciation. Not forgetting Anupam Kher who made his entry with the 1984 film ‘Saaransh’ in which he played an elderly man when he was only in his late twenties.

The team at wishes Mahesh Bhatt a very happy 70th birthday!

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