Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt created a niche for himself as a screenplay, writers and even director as his movies dealt with emotion, pain, sufferings, exploitation and even trauma that was not very regular in arts or commercial cinema. His films always had focused women empowerment( Arth, Kaash, Sir, etc.). Arth and “Saaransh; remains his best film till date. His film story was mostly inspired from his own life.
For instance, Smita Patil’s character in Arth was inspired from his relationship with
Parveen Babi. His films “Janam” and “
Naam” also had depicted his personal feelings of being born as an illegitimate child. He was born on September 20, 1948 to Hindu father (
Nanabhai Bhatt) and Muslim mother(Shirin Mohammed Ali). His father had another family. Bhatt always found his mother as a driving force in life, and he wanted to earn for the sake of her only.
When he received his first salary, he had handed it over to his mother. He met for first-time film director
Raj Khosla and became his assistant. When he was young, he was dating Lorraine Bright (Kiran Bhatt), whom he married later and
Pooja Bhatt and
Rahul Bhatt are his children from his first wedlock. His film 'Aashiqui' was a tale of Mahesh Bhatt and Lorraine Bright. Later, he met Parveen Babi and their affair was a reason for Kiran to part from him. Soon after divorcing with Kiran, he married
Soni Razdan, an actress and had two children,
Shaheen Bhatt and
Alia Bhatt. Mahesh Bhatt entered that film industry at an age of 21, but he got noticed with Arth. Later he made art films like “Saaransh” in 1984 which was screened in an international film festival.
After marking few good films like Daddy and Awargi, he made commercial films like Aashiqui”(1990), “Dil Hain Ki Manta Nahin”(1991), “Sadak” (1991).. He made an exit as a director after “Kartoos” was released. Later he took to screenwriting and had written screenplays for commercial films like Raaz, Jism 1 & Jism-2, Murder-1, Murder-2 and Murder-3 etc. he also made a film on Parveen Babi’s life and it was a tribute to her whom he had been dating to become a director in his life. Besides film, he also has also entered the world of theater.