Wed. Dec 6th, 2023
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Mahesh Bhatt embarked on his illustrious career in the Indian film industry during the late 1960s. The director/producer started his role as an assistant director under the guidance of the renowned filmmaker Raj Khosla.

Bhatt garnered attention in the industry after the release of Arth in 1982. Meanwhile, his other notable films include Saransh, Naam, and Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi among others.

From Aashiqui to Gangster, here is a list of the significant contributions made by the director to Indian cinema. On the special occasion of his birthday, let us revive some of the remarkable films directed by Mahesh Bhatt.

Mahesh Bhatt’s Blockbuster Hits

Below is the list of the most prominent films directed/produced by Mahesh Bhatt.

1. Aashiqui

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Image Source: IMDb

The iconic film Aashiqui is celebrated for its soulful music, memorable songs, and portrayal of love and sacrifice. The film’s success not only established Mahesh Bhatt as a filmmaker with a keen understanding of romance, but also propelled Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal to stardom.

2. Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin 

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi
Image Source: IMDb

The romantic comedy-drama revolves around the love story of the daughter of a wealthy newspaper magnate and a struggling musician. Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt starrer is a delightful blend of romance, comedy, and drama, well-known for its catchy music.

3. Sadak

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

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Helmed by Mahesh Bhatt, the romantic thriller features Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles. The film follows lovers’ journey as they confront the dark and sinister world surrounding Shubhankar and strive to expose his misdeeds.

Sadak is a tale of love, sacrifice, and the fight against injustice.

4. Jism

Platform: ZEE5

Image Source: Rotten Tomatoes

Jism features Bipasha Basu and John Abraham in the lead roles.

As Kabir and Sonia spend time together, their mutual attraction intensifies, leading to a passionate and torrid affair. However, dark secrets and ulterior motives come to light as the story unfolds, leading to a dramatic climax.

5. Raaz

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

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The horror thriller revolves around a married couple who decide to take a vacation in the picturesque locales of Ooty, in an attempt to salvage their troubled marriage. As strange and inexplicable events begin to occur, they start to experience supernatural occurrences, including visions and encounters with a malevolent spirit.

Dino Morea and Bipasha Basu starrer was well-received by audiences and became a significant success at the box office.

6. Murder

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Murder Poster
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Murder explores themes of infidelity, jealousy, and the consequences of a love triangle. As the story unfolds, secrets are revealed, leading to a climax filled with suspense and intrigue. 

Emraan Hashmi starrer was known for its bold and sensuous scenes, which were quite groundbreaking for Indian cinema at the time of its release. 

7. Gangster

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Image Source: IMDb

Gangster is known for its gripping storyline, strong performances, and its evocative portrayal of love and crime. Kangana Ranaut starrer explores themes of love, betrayal, and redemption, as the protagonist grapples with the consequences of her actions and relationships with two different men.

Mahesh Bhatt’s career has been marked by his willingness to explore unconventional and thought-provoking themes in his films. The director has also been known for his keen understanding of human emotions and relationships.

Happy birthday to the maestro of emotions, Mahesh Bhatt!




By Ocean Rana

Research Scholar/ Content Writer; Assistant Professor at SAGE University, Indore

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