Forthright and endowed with the gift of gab, Mahesh Bhatt has been a trend-setting filmmaker of Bollywood, making news with topics that had been untouched, until then. Being the producer of Blood Money, which is set to hit theatres on March 30, Mahesh came to Chandigarh on Sunday and cleared the air surrounding his latest project, while announcing upcoming films to watch out for.
Beginning by defending his film, which many say is an inspiration of Hollywood film Blood Diamond, Mahesh said, "The film has nothing to do with any Hollywood movie. The storyline and the treatment of my film are completely different and in every sense Indian in appearance." Directed by Vishal Mahadkar, the movie stars Kunal Khemu and Amrita Puri, who was also seen in Aisha.
Continuing his debate on the film, the 63-year-old said he'd rather liken it to his 2005 production, Kalyug, a film based on the porn industry. "Kalyug had a young boy fighting against the porn industry and Blood Money narrates the story of a young boy locking horns with the diamond mafia," the producer-director pointed out and shared he had even contemplated naming it Kalyug-2.
About the film, Mahesh promises, "This movie is engaging, has a fast pace and it's own story. Packaged with good music, it reflects the story of youngsters who don't realise that the jobs that they run after abroad, may put them in danger."
Meanwhile, Mahesh's next film, Jism 2, has already bagged enough news space to put it under the spotlight till its time for the film's promotions. Starring Indian-Canadian porn star and ex-Bigg Boss contestant Sunny Leone and Haryana lad Randeep Hooda, it will be directed by Mahesh's daughter, Pooja Bhatt.
Informing about the film's shoot commencing from April 1 in Jaipur, Mahesh also revealed that the story will be far more engaging, though he refuses to divulge any more about it.
About there being ample steamy scenes, especially with Sunny Leone having been roped in, Mahesh said nonchalantly, "Erotic thriller is an important genre that I have been exploring for quite some time now."
He added, on a note of casual dismissal about sex selling in films, "Sex is an important component in every industry now. Look at the promotion of any product; it is incomplete without a beautiful face. Filmmakers are no different."