Interview: Mahesh Bhatt

‘Our cinema will emerge stronger’

Print edition : October 18, 2013

Mahesh Bhatt. Photo: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP

The birth of the "war films" was an outcome of the India-China war. Here, a scene from Chetan Anand's "Haqeeqat" (1964).

Mahesh Bhatt. Photo: S.S. KUMAR

Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in "Mughal-e-Azam" (1960). The film, by K.Asif, reflected the film-maker's Nehruvian vision of India.

Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan in Mahesh Bhatt's "Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke" (1993).

Mahesh Bhatt. For all his candour in real life, his films, such as Arth (1982) and Saaransh (1984), have made the best possible statements on his behalf. Bhatt quit film direction after the intensely personal Zakhm (1998) got critical acclaim, national awards and commercial success. In this interview, he talks about the evolution of Hindi cinema, from the time of Alam-Ara to the modern period when multiplexes have redefined cinema.
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