Ignore the speculations, says director Vikram Bhatt. His private life is not entirely public. At least that is what he claims in this interview. Read on to find out more about the director, his films and his women.
Ankahee (2006) was drawn from your life with Sushmita Sen. Now, Raaz 3D seems inspired by your relationship with Ameesha Patel.
Ankahee was based more on me — a man involved in an extramarital affair — than Sushmita. And the only similarity between Sanjana (Bipasha Basu’s character in Raaz 3D) and Ameesha is that both are actors involved with a director. The muse for Bipasha’s character could be Madhuri (Dixit), Sridevi or even Bipasha herself. If anything, being in a relationship with an actor has given me certain insights, but Raaz 3D is not about Ameesha. After the split, we’ve had a cordial relationship and I don’t expect her to be upset.
Is it true that she was going through a career low and manipulated you to get roles?
No. That’s been misconstrued. We were both going through a bad time, with my films flopping and she unable to repeat the success of Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai (2000).
Have you ever dabbled in black magic, since your next film deals with it?
Never, nor have I seen anyone sticking pins into a voodoo doll. But I believe in God, and where there’s light, there has to be darkness too. Before 1920 (2008), I was having problems and was told by a ‘baba’ that someone was working against me and I knew the person he described.
Dangerous Ishq (2012) failed despite being promoted as Karisma Kapoor’s comeback.
The story was the selling point of Dangerous Ishq, not Karisma’s comeback. But everyone wanted to talk about her marriage and kids. It’s unfortunate that the film became more about her personal life than her performance.
Joker’s producers decided against a 3D film. Did you have any second thoughts about making Raaz 3D?
No. Haunted (2011) in 3D was a hit, and the films that followed, such as RA.One, were conversions. Both Dangerous Ishq and Raaz 3D were shot in 3D, and I believe giving an extra dimension to a horror film makes it more eerie.