BizAsia Birthday Special: Vikram Bhatt turns 50


The Bhatt family is a hub for talent that has creativity in every line of Bollywood. From music, to film making, to story writing even singing. This particular individual is no less when it comes talent. Though they are known for their work as a director they have also produced films as well as written many scripts. The 27th January sees the director Vikram Bhatt turn 50 this year. Therefore will look at five films in which Bhatt gave many newcomers some memorable roles.

‘Fareb’ (1996)

Faraaz Khan made his debut with Suman Ranganathan in this love thriller where one man’s obsession with a married woman becomes a nightmare for the married couple. The film was said to be made on a small budget but did wonders at the box office. One factor that helped the film was the music especially the song ‘yeh teri aankhein jhuki jhuki’ which was and still is very popular to this day.

Bhatt showed that even with very few resources he could create a hit film with the right components.

‘Ghulam’ (1998)

Thanks to Bhatt, Rani Mukerji was about to make her second appearance in a film opposite Mr Perfectionist, Aamir Khan. This pairing was about to shake the industry as Mukerji and Khan looked great together making every scene of theirs magical. Bhatt managed to pick the correct actors for his vision in this film and it worked. Khan was seen in a different manner although he had played the part of a tapori before, this role was different. The music in this film even today can be listened to as it had every genre to suit ones mood. The famous song ‘ae kya bolti tu’ (hey what are you saying?) became a rage with Khan singing in a tapori style and Alka Yagnik lending her vocals for Mukerji.

Not only was Bhatt nominated for the Filmfare Best Director award for this film, there were many other nominations associated with the film such was its popularity.

‘Kasoor’ (2001)

Two newcomers were about to have the biggest hit of their careers with this mystery thriller. Although they don’t appear in films as much now they are remembered for this film due to Bhatt’s direction and his portrayal of the characters. Lisa Ray made her debut with this film while Aftab Shivdasani had appeared in films as a child artist but as an adult this was his second film that brought both him and Ray a lot of appreciation.

Bhatt had the audience guessing pretty much throughout the film about his characters especially Shivdasani’s character which had shades of grey. Again Bhatt manages to create a complete film that seduces the audience with the storyline, the actors and the hypnotic music.

‘Raaz’ (2002)

Looking back now this film may seem average for many but when it was first released it was considered a very good horror film with some amazing music. This film was the first of many sequels to come with the genres horror and mystery combined. Bipasha Basu Grover was a newcomer at the time and appeared with Dino Moreo who played the roles of a married couple who are having trouble in their marriage. When they go away to a remote house in the hillside it seems that something or someone is trying to contact Sanjana (Grover) and reveal a secret about the house. There were many chilling scenes and as a film it had everything to make it into a huge hit. Bhatt definitely made his mark in the horror category.

‘Hate Story’ (2012)

Bhatt both wrote and produced this film that saw Bollywood in a different light. There was a lot of controversy surrounding this film due to its content yet it still was a big success, so much that another three were made. This particular story revolved around Kavya (Paoli Dam) who pays a big price for falling in love and speaking the truth. After her ordeal she decides she now has nothing to lose and will give her enemies a taste of their own medicine. It was a revenge thriller that saw one woman stop at nothing till her revenge was complete. Bhatt probably had a feeling that this film would either do horribly at the box office or it would do wonders and that it did.

The team at wishes Vikram Bhatt a happy 50th birthday!

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