Press Trust of India
October 29, 2012 18:29 IST
I personally feel films like Aashiqui and Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin marked my deterioration as a director. I lost my those audience who liked my Arth and Saransh," Bhatt said.
Mahesh Bhatt may have tasted
success with films like Aashiqui and Dil Hai Ki Manta
Nahin in 1990s but the filmmaker believes that these musicals
marked his decline as a director.
Bhatt, 64, started his career 40 years ago with
hard-hitting films like Arth and Saransh. They did not do
well at the box-office despite getting critical acclaim,
forcing him to take up commercial cinema.
"Somebody told me once that in Indian cinema only bad
people can have sex and good ones can fall in love. So, my
films during 70s and 80s were highly criticised for their bold
content and used to fail at the box-office," said Bhatt while
speaking on the topic of 'Media as Catalyst for Social Change'
during the CII Media and Entertainment Summit, 2012.
"With the onset of satellite television and economy
opening up in 1990, I shifted my genre to musicals and they
were box-office hits. But, I personally feel films like
Aashiqui and Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin marked my
deterioration as a director. I lost my those audience who
liked my Arth and Saransh," Bhatt said.
The producer-director, who now makes commercial movies
through his production house Vishesh Films, says he decided to
quit direction after facing trouble during the release of his
1998 Zakhm which explored religious tension in Indian
The film did not do well and the director had trouble
with the censor board while releasing it.
"I made Zakhm which was based on communal riots of
Mumbai. The film was very close to my heart. It was banned by
the censor board and they asked me to alter some scenes to
make it appropriate for public viewing. It also failed because
people told me it was uncomfortable to watch a film which
shows communal carnage.
"But the government gave me national award for
strengthening national integrity. I understood that films are
not reality they are illusion," he added.