Mahesh Bhatt:" After I have violated every law in the book, I don't feel like pretending to the world"

Not To Chop His Words, Filmer Mahesh Bhatt Had Many Things To Talk About When He Was Recently In Jaipur To Attend A Session, Khuli Kitaab, Hosted By FICCI Flo. From Investigating His Difficult Childhood To Opening Up To Daughter Alia Bhatt And Her Relationship With Ranbir Kapoor, Bhatt Had Much To Tell About The Public Of Jaipur. PKS_6436 - Copy Mahesh Bhatt In Conversation With Shweta Chopra

Talking About Alia And Ranbir, Bhatt Said, “They Are In Love. And You Understand What Love Is ... What Their Future Plan Will Be For Them To Decide. I Always Have Respected My Children. If They Come To Me, I Give Them Inputs About What I Think They Should Be Doing. But I Never Put Or Project Myself As A Role Model, Ki Bhai, You Should Imitate This Person. Having Violated Every Law In The Book, I Have No Business Pretending To The World. ”

Bhatt Said That His Scarred Childhood Contributed To Who He Is Today. “I Had A Scarred Childhood. I Refuse To Wear The Groin My Parents Wanted Me To Wear. That's Why My Family Has Always Felt Embarrassed With Me. Raised By My Mother, My Siblings And I Had A Tough Life. I Had No Answer When People Would Ask Me About My Father. It Was One Of The Most Difficult Questions For Me," Bhatt Said.


The Filmmaker Makes A Comeback As A Director With Sadak 2 , The Sequel Of The 1991 Hit, Sadak. And What Made Him Put On The Director's Hat After Almost 20 Years? “It's Sanjay (Dutt), Sanjay And Sanjay, Who Nudged Me To Do The Sequel Of The Film. I Realized That My Journey As A Filmmaker Is Like An Unfinished Painting, Which I Need To Complete. Once Again, I Am Feeling Like A Beginner Who Needs To Earn The Right To Grab Viewers' Attention, ”he Said.

Despite his successful career in the Hindi film industry, Bhatt was apprehensive about returning to direction. He said, “The question, ‘Can I do it?’ kept haunting me. In this attention-deficit age, I feel like a gladiator.”


Bhatt Doesn't Stop At Critically Analyzing His Daughter's Film Too. Talking About Alia's Recent Release, Kalank, Bhatt Said, “Despite A Good Star Cast, The Film Did Not Do Well At The Box Office. I Found The Narrative Too Long. And There Were Some Inherent Flaws, Which The Makers Couldn't Detect While Making It. The Movie Does Enchant The Eye But Does Not Move The Heart. As Far As Alia's Acting Skills Are Concerned, She Is Effortless And Committed."

Ask him about his most acclaimed film Saaransh and he begins with a dialogue from the movie, “Tere chehre ki jhurriyon mein mere jeevan ka saaransh hai. It was the byproduct of a man who was 34-35 years old then and now is 70. Saaransh cannot be recreated again.”

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