Vijay Bhatt was an Indian producer and director. He was born with the name Vrajlal Jagneshwar Bhatt on 12th of May in the year 1907 in Palitana, Gujrat which was a part of British India. He died at the age of 86 in Mumbai on 17th of October. He started working in the year 1929 and worked until 1977. He was married to Rama Bhatt. Along with being a noted director and producer, he also made his name as a screenwriter. He is known for movies like ‘Ram Rajya’ which released in 1943. 1952’s Baiju Bawra, Goonj Uthi Shehnai of the year 1959 and 1965’s Himalaya Ki God Mein. He is the founder of Prakash Pictures and Prakash Studios. Prakash Pictures is a film production company which produced over 64 feature films.
Prakash Studios is situated in Andheri East, Mumbai. Bhatt was also one of the founding members of the famous ‘Film and Television Producers Guild of India'. Benkunwar Bhatt and Jagneshwar Bhatt were the parents of Vijay Bhatt. They provided him with a modest upbringing. His father was a railway guard at Palitana, Bhavnagar district, Gujarat. In his twenties, Vijay moved to Bombay along with his brother, Shankarbhai Bhatt, who became a noted producer later. Meanwhile, Vijay completed his Intermediate in Science stream from St. Xavier’s College. He received a diploma from a correspondence course in “Electrical Lighting and Traction” from London. After the electrician’s diploma, Vijay started working in a Bombay Electric Supply and Tramways Company Limited (BEST). He worked there till he was promoted to the position of Drawing Office Superintendent.
Although by this time he had already scripted for Gujarati theatre, a meeting with Ardeshir Irani became a turning point in his life. Irani introduced Bhatt to the owner of Royal Film Company studio, Abu Husain. Abu liked his script and this became his debut in Hindi Cinema. The script was for director K P Bhave’s ‘Vidhi Ka Vidhan’, a silent film. Irani produced two more scripts written by Bhatt: Ghulam,and Pani Mei Aag in the year 1991. He eventually produced his silent film ‘Delhi Ka Chhela’ in the year 1919. He also directed many noteworthy flicks in Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi Cinema. His film Ram Rajya was a big hit and was shown to Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1942. In the year 1947, he took it to the US where it was shown in Museum of Moder Art,
. His film in 1952 – Baiju Bawra ran for 100 weeks in Mumbai and became a Diamond Jubilee hit.