New Delhi: Mahesh Bhatt, the fine director who made films like ‘Arth’ and ‘Saaransh’, has been giving opinion on all issues with impunity. They try to tell things as they have been in real life. In a special conversation with Arbaaz Khan, he spoke openly about films, life and his affair with Parveen Babi. The film ‘Earth’ is based on the personal experiences of his life.
Mahesh Bhatt said about ‘Earth’, ‘The shock I got from a failed marriage inspired me to make this film. It was written in magazines that Parveen had a second breakdown due to ‘Earth’, but I do not believe so. When Mahesh Bhatt and Parveen Babi were in a relationship, the doctor suggested electric shock to Parveen considering her mental illness and said that it would take 6 to 8 weeks for her to become normal.
Mahesh Bhatt revealed, the setup of the film ‘Shaan’ was ready in which he had a big role. I remember meeting the director of the film, Ramesh Sippy. I had no status then. He looked at me and said – what is happening? Mental illness was an enigma then, although it remains so today. The doctor said that it would take 6-8 weeks for him to become normal. But film production did not have that much time. Foreigners were associated with the film and the expenditure was increasing. A lot of money was at stake on them, but then I took possession of them and brought them to Bangalore.
Mahesh Bhatt has directed many great films. (Photo Credits: Instagram @maheshfilm)
Told extra marital affair a dark place
Mahesh and Parveen had a breakup in the 80s, after which they never met. The director further says, ‘When I saw ‘Silsila’, I felt that extra marital affair is not a tulip garden. It is a dark place, where you avoid the public eye and feel as if you are committing a sin.
Soni Razdan came to life after breakup with Parveen Babi
Mahesh Bhatt did not want to get into a relationship with Soni Razdan after his relationship with Parveen deteriorated. Mahesh told, ‘We were in a hotel in Worli. I said the line to Soni Razdan which is in the film ‘Raaz’ – don’t come near me, I will destroy you, but she said – I want to be destroyed.’ Soni Razdan came into Mahesh’s life when he was married and not long after his breakup with Parveen Babi.
Soni Razdan married Mahesh Bhatt in 1968
Mahesh Bhatt, 74, used to drink heavily at one point in his life, from which he somehow recovered. Arbaaz told that once when he was very drunk, he went to drop him home with Salman. Mahesh and Soni Razdan got married in 1968. They have two daughters – Alia Bhatt and Shaheen Bhatt.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 12, 2023, 15:37 IST