Happy 70th Birthday Mahesh Bhatt 🎂
“By its very limitations of form, cinema has to pander to popular tastes and narrate fairytales, and you can only make money by telling lies like truth triumphs (that) love endures and that God is in his Heaven and all is right with the world. In 2000, Mukesh and I took a crucial decision: Make films that aim only at box-office success, and make them without stars. The last 12 to 14 years have been stimulating. We have optimized production and have followed the model of table-profit, which means that we recover the investments and make a slim profit even before the film opens in the theatres. Now there is no flip-flop in either my fortunes or mindset. I have matured. After 40 years in the business, what you have in terms of fame and money is not important, but how much I have contributed to cinema and how many lives I have touched is. We have created stars like John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Mallika Sherawat, Kangana Ranaut and my nephew Emraan Hashmi; directors like Mohit Suri, Anurag Basu and Kunal Deshmukh; and so many technicians and musicians. Thanks to the Internet, I have been able to harness musical talents from Pakistan … There must be some genius within me to spot potential, but we only flaunt our successes. Sanity needs to have failure too, and there have been so many newcomers who did not make the grade.”
- Mahesh Bhatt, 2012.
Caption courtesy India West.
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