Even as filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt gears up for the release of his daughter Pooja Bhatt’s third directorial venture, the Himesh Reshammiya-starrer Kajraare, which he has written, he’s already started working on three other upcoming films.
One of the films, Balaa, will mark the debut of Shagufta Rafique, who has worked with Bhatt as a writer on five films, including Kajraare, Woh Lamhe and Gangster. On Saturday, Bhatt tweeted, “Shagufta Rafique, who wrote five films for me, has become a director. Her asset: Raw depiction of the human heart. She dares to bare it all!”
When asked about the same, Bhatt reveals that he’ll be the creative director for the film that he’s “making for” Pakistani actor, Humayun Saeed. Says Bhatt, “Humayun is making a film that will source Indian talent in a Pakistani film. Shagufta has written it and will direct it, while I’ve taken on the creative role of overseeing it.”
“I’m like the coach of the film,” he continues. “It will be a Pakistani product, with creative inputs from India. We’ll use cameramen, sound engineers and other technicians from India for the film.”
Bhatt is also the ‘creative producer’ for a film that’s being directed by Ajay Kanchan, director of the critically acclaimed documentary, Poison On A Platter.
Bhatt explains, “Ajay has been associated with me for quite a while. I have long been hoping to make a film on the charismatic Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, Chandrashekhar Prasad, who was assassinated in 1997. I’ve identified Ajay as the right person to direct it.”
The veteran writer-producer-director further reveals that he’s in consultation with students from JNU and activists, so the film could be an accurate depiction of events.
“We have put together an ideation committee for the film,” Bhatt says. “Ajay will identify writers who will put together the film, which will star a new actor, Imran Zahid.”