On September 20, 1948, a cinematic visionary was born in the world of Indian cinema. Mahesh Bhatt, a name synonymous with groundbreaking storytelling and fearless exploration of social issues, has left an indelible mark on Bollywood. With a career spanning several decades, Bhatt has earned praise not only for his directorial skills but also as a producer and screenwriter. Boldly adventurous and ahead of his time, he fearlessly tackled controversial subjects and redefined the narrative landscape of Indian cinema. As we celebrate his birthday, let’s take a moment to appreciate and learn about some of his most unforgettable contributions to the world of filmmaking.
Mahesh Bhatt has indeed made significant contributions to the Indian film industry with his unique storytelling and directing skills. Here are some of his top movies:
Plot: “Arth” is a heart-touching film that explores the complexities of human relationships. It revolves around a woman who discovers her husband’s infidelity and decides to carve out her own identity. Notable cast: Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Smita Patil and Raj Kiran. The film is considered semi-autobiographical, taking inspiration from Mahesh Bhatt’s own life.
Plot: “Synopsis” is the story of an elderly couple who suffer the loss of their only son. It’s a heart-wrenching portrayal of grief and resilience.
Notable cast: Anupam Kher, Rohini Hattangadi.
Trivia: This film marked Anupam Kher’s debut in the film industry, and he received widespread praise for his performance.
Plot: “Naam” is a crime drama that narrates the journey of a young man who gets trapped in the world of crime. It explores themes of family, love and redemption.
Notable cast: Kumar Gaurav, Poonam Dhillon, and Amrita Singh.
Trivia: The film’s music, composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, was a big hit, and its songs are still remembered today.
Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi (1991):
Plot: This romantic comedy revolves around a young woman who runs away from her controlling father and meets a journalist during her journey. Together, they set out on a road trip filled with adventure and love.
Notable cast: Aamir Khan, Pooja Bhatt, and Anupam Kher.
Trivia: This movie is inspired by the Hollywood classic “It Happened One Night”.
Plot: “Zakhm” is a hard-hitting drama based on the communal tension in Bombay during the 1992–93 riots. It traces the emotional turmoil of a man who is torn between his Hindu and Muslim heritage.
Notable cast: Ajay Devgan, Pooja Bhatt and Sonali Bendre.
Trivia: The film won several awards and accolades for its strong story and performances.
Plot: “Raaz” is a supernatural horror film that tells the story of a couple who move into a haunted mansion. It blends elements of horror, romance and mystery.
Notable Artists: Dino Morea and Bipasha Basu. “Raaz” was a huge success and played an important role in establishing the careers of its lead actors. These films are just a glimpse of Mahesh Bhatt’s diverse and impressive filmography. His work has left an indelible mark on Indian cinema, and he is celebrated for his contributions to the industry.