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.

Kundan Shah Hindi Actor

Kundan Shah

Kundan Shah is an Indian director and scriptwriter known for his comedy cults such as the film “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and the television series “Nukkad.” He obtained his Diploma in 1976 from the “Film and Television Institute of India” (FTII) in Pune, in direction. He started assisting Saeed Mirza on the sets of Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai in 1980 and the following year he also assisted Robin Dharamraj in “Chakra.” Shah also created a documentary titled Vision of the Blind, for the Films Division of India, in ’81. However, his breakthrough in the industry arrived in the name of “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” which was his directorial debut and co-wrote the film alongside Satish Kaushik. Even though the movie did not gross much at the Box Office, it was considered to be one of the top comedy cults in India and introduced satires to the country. He received ‘The Indira Gandhi Award’ for Best Film in ’83. Shah, later on, moved into television, co-directing popular sitcom “Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi” which aired in August 1984. He also partnered Saeed Mirza and Aziz Mirza in establishing ISKRA. Saeed Mirza and Kundan Shah also worked together on their next project, a sitcom based on the life of street youngsters titled “Nukkad”. He also went on to direct the comedy “Manoranjan” and R.K.Laxman adaptation based Wagle Ki Duniya, Circus, and Intezaar. The following years, Shah served a sabbatical for seven years. In the year 1993, he made his comeback into the cinemas with “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa” starring Shah Rukh Khan and whose screenplay was written by Shah. He also was presented with the “Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Movie” and Shah was the first ever filmmaker recipient of that award. He also directed Kya Kehna, released in the millennium and marked the debut of the elegant Preity Zinta and also starred Saif Ali Khan and Chandrachur Singh. “Hum Toh Mohabbat Karega” and “Ek Se Badhkar Ek” saw him on the director’s chair, but failed to achieve much success. In 2005 deviating from his usual choices, Shah went on to create his critically acclaimed “Teen Behnein.”

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Mahesh Manjrekar

Mahesh Manjrekar is a renowned actor, director and producer in Marathi cinema. The actor has been in the film industry and theatre for over two decades now and is considered to be a powerhouse of talent. With films like Vaastav and Astitva, he made a mark for himself as a director. Afterwards, he made Virudh with Amitabh Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore. This director wanted to re-make another Marathi movie’ Kaksparsh’ (2012) with Amitabh Bachchan but it did not materialize. Besides directing Hindi movies, he was best –known for playing over-the-top antagonists as inspector D.R. Talpade in film ‘Wanted’ with Salman Khan, and even as Gangster Javed in Oscar –winner Slumdog Millionaire. Thus, he brought to life a series of iconic real-world and fictional villains in a series of films, He surprised everyone by playing a villain role in a Telugu film ‘Okkadunnadu’ and ‘Homam’. In 2014, he also had acted in a Bengali movie ‘Ardhangini’ with Mithun Chakraborty. He also impressed the audiences with the comic role in ‘Kaante’ as a drug-dealer Bali. He reached a new audience with heroic roles as ‘Shivaji Maharaj’ in Marathi cinema with ‘Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy’.  The eminent Director - Producer also became famous for films like Rakht, ‘Viruddh… Family Comes First’, and’ Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi’ to name a few. In many of his Hindi films, he had cast Sanjay Dutt. The director is keen to direct Salman Khan provided that actor makes a mark in regional Marathi cinema now. Whether Mahesh Manjrekar has acted in films or directed films or even produced a film, audiences have just witnessed his astonishing talent in a variety of genres. The actor-cum-director won national award for Vaastav and won many applauds too.  Very recently, he scored the coveted role of the chief minister in Singham-2, giving him a recognition in one of the highest grossing films after ‘Wanted’. The director fully understands the kind of films that he makes and has said once that he always highlights social and economic fabric of the society. The actor-cum-director was born on August 16, 1958, and is married to Medha Manjrekar. He is a happily married person having two children and residing in Mumbai now.  

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Mahesh Manjrekar Hindi Actor