Mahesh Bhatt is a popular director, producer, screenwriter, philosopher and mentor to many actors, singers and artists in Bollywood.
Bhatt is one of the few Bollywood directors with a rare ability to find the most common denominator in every film loving fan. The masses, the class audience and even the most hard core film critics have all come together and enjoyed his films like Arth, Saaransh, Janam, Naam, Sadak and Zakhm.
Hope you will enjoy reading Mahesh Bhatt’s life story, his interesting thoughts on god, religion, life and the most influential people in his life through his own quotes.
I was a love child: My parents were very much in love, but not married. I was born on September, 20, 1948, to Nanabhai Bhatt, a Hindu, and Shirin Mohammed Ali, a Muslim – Mahesh Bhatt
I started working while at school: If I knew I had to do something, I did it. Right through school, I did summer jobs – from selling car fresheners to tightening nuts and bolts. – Mahesh Bhatt
I wanted to earn money, especially for my mother, who was the driving force in my life. When I received my first salary – Rs 53 – I handed it over to Mama. – Mahesh Bhatt
All I did was dream: I attended Don Bosco high-school and owe a lot to the priests who groomed me. I was a dreamer and thank God for that! I realised that what is taught at school never works. – Mahesh Bhatt
Brought Up In a Tolerant India
Today, people talk to me of religious tolerance, but they don’t even know the India I come from. Stories of Shiva and Ganesha were told to me by my Muslim mother. – Mahesh Bhatt
But I do keep all the rozas during Ramzaan because I think that connects me to my mother. I draw a lot of inspiration from the life of Prophet Mohammad. – Mahesh Bhatt, Mother
As a child, I used to go to the church because my mother had great reverence for Mother Mary and sleep with the idol of Ganesh under my pillow but I soon realised I was using God to fulfill my wishes. So I stopped praying and believing in God altogether. – Mahesh Bhatt.
I found love in Kiran: While still at school, I met Lorraine Bright, who studied at the Bombay Scottish orphanage. I showed this romance in Aashiqui. – Mahesh Bhatt
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
I hated my anonymity: I had no skills. I just had images in my mind. But I wanted to tell the world: I’m there. – Mahesh Bhatt
I met Raj Khosla, the maker of Mera Gaon Mera Desh, through a cousin who was dating him. He asked me what I knew about films and I said ‘zero’. He said, ‘Zero is a brilliant figure to begin with.’ I began assisting Khosla. – Mahesh Bhatt
But the first four films I made flopped. My life fell apart: Around the time my films flopped, my relationship with Kiran moved from bad to worse. We had fallen out of love and I had begun seeing Parveen Babi. – Mahesh Bhatt
I invented my own idiom in Arth, a story based on my extra-marital affair, I told my story – everybody’s story. Human beings are pathetically similar. Arth became a hit the same day India brought home the 1983 World Cup. – Mahesh Bhatt
After Arth, I made a number of successful movies – Janam, Saraansh, Naam. I was about 35 and I had arrived! – Mahesh Bhatt
I owe everything that I am today to my brief association with this magnificent woman. She was the turning point in my life. – Mahesh Bhatt
After four of my films had flopped, I shot to prominence when I told the world our story in the autobiographical Arth. – Mahesh Bhatt, Parveen Babi
I shall always relish the fact that my first claim to fame was as Parveen’s boyfriend. She remains one of the beacons of my life. Her generosity, kindness, were unparalleled. – Mahesh Bhatt
The first thing that I liked about Parveen Babi was her smile, her wit and her intelligence. She was one of the most elegant, well read and generous women I’ve known in my life. – Mahesh Bhatt
I would like to remember her as the girl who brought Bollywood to the cover of Time magazine and who died an anonymous death.She was a rebel who lived life on her own terms, died on her own terms. – Mahesh Bhatt
UG Krishnamurthy is my lifeline: Take him away, and I am empty. – Mahesh Bhatt
Krishnamurthy and my mother are the two relationships which define me. I was born to one, resurrected by the other. – Mahesh Bhatt
Krishnamurthy is the most radical man I have met and has always encouraged me to burn more fiercely. – Mahesh Bhatt
There is no reason for me to seek peace. Why should I look for that? My discontentment, my turbulence are all an inspiration for me. – Mahesh Bhatt
God and the idea of rebirth came out of man’s fear for death but I think if I can die to the idea of permanence and if I believe death is absolute, I would be free from the idea of God. – Mahesh Bhatt, God
Many people turn to God in times of adversity because it gives them peace and comfort but I am pretty happy with my turbulence. – Mahesh Bhatt
I don’t believe in the idea of divine justice. It is not God who does good or bad things to human beings. Most human problems are self created. – Mahesh Bhatt
I would not consider myself a religious person at all. Religion was drilled into me by my mother, a Shia Muslim, but like you outgrow childhood tales, I outgrew religion much before I grew up. – Mahesh Bhatt, Religion
I think man discovered God in his quest for continuity but he forgot that permanence is not in the nature of life. – Mahesh Bhatt.
A couple of days ago, when there was a shoot-out outside my office, contrary to the emotions of terror that the world was trying to impose on me, there was not a trace of fear in me. – Mahesh Bhatt, Overcoming Fear
If I am going to be targeted for what I am doing then so be it, I am not going to get frightened. I feel there is an awesome power within me, an overwhelming passion for life and an abundance of energy to go on. – Mahesh Bhatt
I wish life were an editing room where one could sit and edit all those embarrassing moments away. – Mahesh Bhatt
My teacher once told me – No one is perfect……..that is why pencils have erasers. – Mahesh Bhatt
I make movies for money: As is the case with everybody, I like to make an impression. I am a hooker, putting on my best to seduce people. – Mahesh Bhatt