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The story behind making the films of Mahest Bhatt:-

While still at school, I met Lorraine Bright, who studied at the Bombay Scottish orphanage. I showed this romance in Aashiqui. I would jump across the wall to meet her but, when we got caught, she had to leave the orphanage. I got her enrolled at the YWCA so that she could become a typist and fend for herself. All along, I kept working. I made ads for Dalda and Lifebuoy. Loren changed her name to Kiran and we were married when I was 20. We had Pooja when I was 21. I remember saying ‘this is my baby' over and over again.





Mahesh Bhatt's
Zakhm has stirred a controversy, with his critics claiming that he is just raking up dead issues, and the director asserting he is just depicting the truth of his own life.Mahesh Bhatt was born to Nanabhai Bhatt, (1915-1999), a Hindi film director-producer.His father, Nanabhai Bhatt,was a Hindu Brahmin and mother a Muslim.When she died, I had to cope, once again, with the problem of burying her, because there were people in my family who were against her being buried. To me it was like a therapy, to be able to fulfill the promise that I had made to my mother -- that I would bury her as she had wished. My proclaiming publicly that I gave her a Muslim burial was a matter of some embarrassment for my family members. When I stepped inside the grave to turn her face towards Mecca, in the Mazagaon grave, for the first time I heard her actual name mentioned in public -- Shireen Mohammed Ali. I felt such a surge of pride. I felt it was a privilege that I came from such a rich background. I had the best of both worlds. My mother was a Shia Muslim, while my father was a janoi-clad man. He never pretended to be secular. What's very interesting, both (father and mother) retained their individual faiths. They were madly in love but neither indulged in the farce of wanting to do things the other way. My mother always wore this big tikka, and saree -- she liked that kind of thing. But, at the same time, I could see that there was something she was hiding. She felt that her minority status would perhaps interfere with our day-to-day lives. She was a little embarrassed when I flaunted my Muslim roots.


Mahesh Bhatt


"That's when I hit the bottle - I had the means to buy a bottle of Scotch whisky. I used to drink it everyday. It sent me spiralling down to the gutters. I woke up one morning on the streets of Juhu - Vile Parle scheme at the crack of dawn. I said, "Oh, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt, you've become an alcoholic!" I went back home, my little girl was just born&when I held her she turned her face, it was the rejection I couldn't deal with - I dropped alcohol from there on my climb back began. "Then came the breakthrough...
Out of this phase and 7 largely indifferent films later, came his next big film 'Daddy'. The film dealt with the relationship of an alcoholic father played by anupam kherwith his daughter played by Bhatt's own daughter Pooja, making her acting debut at the age of 17. This also marked the beginning of a more prolific time in Bhatt's career.



"I know for a fact that if I dropped dead tomorrow the world will describe me as a - died controversial filmmaker who was known for making autobiographical films. It happened to me after I made a series of flops. I began at 21&by 30 I was declared 'dead, dead, dead, dead, dead.' - All my films failed to even make a Rupee at the box office and that's when I stumbled on my own idiom, that too accidentally. I had very little budget, somebody asked me to make a film, alternative, middle of the road cinema - and I made 'Arth' which was based on my own extra marital affair. "

Released in 1982, 'Arth' had Shabana Azmi in a national award winning performance as 'Pooja', who's secure married existence crashes about her when her ad filmmaker husband 'Inder' played by Kulbhushan Kharbanda leaves her for his clingy, high strung mistress 'Kavita' played by Smitha Patil.

Narrated entirely from the wife's point of view, the film broke new grounds by addressing taboo issues of infidelity, domestic violence and the hypocrisy of urban lifestyles. Bhatt himself made it clear that the film was based on his affair with 70's screen goddess Parveen Babi, which eventually led to the end of his marriage to Kiran Bhatt.

"Till date I am known by that film - with that I discovered if you make films, which are based on your own life you are bound to strike gold."