Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt turns 75

New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) Renowned Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt turned 75 on Wednesday.

Mahesh Bhatt was born on September 20, 1948, in Mumbai. His father, Nanabhai Bhatt, was a well-known filmmaker in the film industry.

Due to the filmy atmosphere at home, he also got inclined towards films and started dreaming of becoming a director.

After completing his studies, he started working as an assistant to producer-director Raj Khosla.

Mahesh Bhatt started his career in the year 1970 with the documentary film ‘Sankat’.

After this, he directed many films like ‘Manjile Aur Bhi Hain’, ‘Vishwasghat’, ‘Lahu Ke Do Rang’, ‘Naya Daur’, and ‘Abhimanyu’ as a director, but these films did not benefit him much.

In the year 1982, Mahesh Bhatt got the opportunity to direct the film ‘Arth’.

The film starred Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi, and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the lead roles.

It is believed that through this film, Mahesh Bhatt showed his relationship with actress Parveen Babi.

The film was a super hit at the box office.

The film ‘Saransh’ released in 1984 proved to be a super hit film made under the direction of Mahesh Bhatt.

The film starred Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan, and Rohini Hathgari in lead roles.

Mahesh Bhatt won the Best Screenplay award at the Moscow Film Festival.

Naam, released in 1986, is considered one of the most important films directed by Mahesh Bhatt.

The film starred Sanjay Dutt and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles.

Although almost all the songs in this film proved to be superhits, the song ‘Chitthi aayi hai watan se chitthi aayi hai’ in the velvety voice of Pankaj Udhas still moistens the eyes of the listeners.

The years 1986–1989 proved to be a bad time for Mahesh Bhatt’s film career.

During this time, films like ‘Aaj’, ‘Kaash’, ‘Thikana’, and ‘Kabza’ were released, but all these films were badly rejected at the ticket window.

In 1989, Mahesh Bhatt ventured into film production with his brother Mukesh Bhatt and produced Daddy under the banner of Vishesh Films.

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