18 Jan :Renowned filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt Began his career as an assistant to director Raj Khosla, he went on to direct his first movie at the age of twenty-one. His movie Saransh won him the Special Jury Award at the Moscow Film Festival in 1985. Mahesh Bhatt became famous with his movies like Arth (1982), Janam (1985) and Naam (1986).
In 1982, Shabana Azmi essayed an award-winning performance in his movie ‘Arth’. His movie ‘Saaransh’ had debutant Anupam Kher in a memorable role. Mahesh Bhatt started producing films under his banner Vishesh Films set up in 1987, along with his with younger brother Mukesh.
He is known for his unconventional style of filmmaking and his subjects, which reflect many of his experiences in life. In 1998, his movie Zakhm ran into trouble with the censor board because of critical references to the 1993 Mumbai riots. This movie told the story of his Muslim mother and the pressure she suffered for her relation with his Hindu father Nanabhai Bhatt – who was himself a well known film producer.
Some of his other famous movies include Kartoos (1999), Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan (1999) , Angaaray (1998) , Duplicate (1998), Tamanna (1997), Dastak (1996) , Chaahat (1996) , Papa Kahte Hain (1996) , Naajayaz (1995), Criminal (1995), Milan (1995), Naaraaz (1994), Tadipaar (1993) , Gumrah (1993) , Sir (1993), Gunaah (1993), Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), Siyasat (1988) and Thikana (1987).
Mahesh Bhatt is the father of renowned actress and director Pooja Bhatt who is renowned for her unconventional roles in many memorable movies. Mahesh Bhatt is producing Raaz The Mystery Continues, and has made his all sincere efforts to back young Mohit Suri in making the film a perfect in the genre of horror.