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Another Bhatt forays into Bollywood

Mukesh Bhatt's son, Vishesh, will soon foray into filmmaking. Two of Vishesh?s films will be releasing this year, reports Johnny D.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 13:38 IST

Mukesh Bhatt is on cloud nine. His latest film, Gangster, is a surprise topper at the box office.

Also, his son Vishesh is all set to take over as the CEO of the production house. Vishesh will soon turn to direction in the coming year. Two of Vishesh’s films will be releasing soon, The Killer on July 21 and Woh Lamhe on September 1.

Mukesh Bhatt can’t hold his happiness when he says, “One has to move on with time. The young generation is eager to work hard. They will understand the current scenario better.”

The relaxed father wants to focus on projects. “We (Mahesh Bhatt and me) can concentrate to develop more projects.”

Vishesh Films has produced hits one after the other, since 2001. Kasoor, Raaz, Jism, Murder, Zeher and Kalyug have been their past achievements. Their music has been appreciated as much as their films.

Mukesh Bhatt reveals, “Among all other departments of filmmaking, I love and enjoy music the most. Unlike others, we don’t make proposals… we make films. Hindi films are all about melodious songs. Ever since Aashiqui, we have had lovely hit songs in almost all our films. This is the reason why our films do well at the box office.”

The Bhatt khandan with Atif Aslam and friends.

About not working with big stars, Mukesh Bhatt enthuses, “We have worked with big stars as well but it is an illusion that stars give hits. One must remember that films should be relevant with the times. Hence, we introduce youngsters. Also, big stars come with a baggage which is difficult to handle.”

How difficult or easy it is to Indianise foreign films? Mukesh Bhatt is brutally honest to confess, “If you are talking of originality then you are cheating yourself. Nothing in this world is original because somewhere or the other either you have witnessed things or undergone those experiences or else read in books. Each one of us is inspired by something (that attracts us) in our subconscious level. Our films are Asian, full with emotions, songs and melodrama; unlike Hollywood movies. In West, there is less emotion and more violence.”

While Vishesh will make his directorial debut in 2007, why isn’t Mahesh Bhatt making a comeback behind the camera? Mahesh explains, “Creative geniuses are a rare species who have to be pampered like kids. Mahesh Bhatt is no different. It was really wise of him to take a step back so he can have a bird’s eye view of all the projects that we produce. On the contrary, my son Vishesh is too eager to start his project by 2007.

"One must remember that like we shed old clothes, one must give youngster the chance to move with the time. It would be foolish of us to make films the way we used to make earlier in current times. The trend has changed and so has the audience, which is full of youth. That is why we have directors who are young and know the current beat as to what the audience wants from them,” Mahesh adds.

What is the secret behind the success? Mukesh concludes, “Passion is needed to do any work. While people talk the walk, we walk our talk! From 2007, we are planning to make six films a year. Hopefully audiences will get more good films from our stable!”