Mahesh Bhatt is back in the news for his forthcoming Woh Lamhe, a semi-autobiographical account of his intimate relationship with actress Parveen Babi. When the actress breathed her last in 2005, he was among the few who attended her funeral.
That moment took him to the memories of happiest days spent with the beauty and the idea to tell the story of his relations with her occured, “I was standing outside a morgue where the body of Parveen Babi lay unclaimed. I was flooded with memories of the champagne moods and perfumed nights spent with this gorgeous girl. It was there in that tragic moment where the idea to chronicle the tragedy of this glamour queen took into me,” says Mahesh Bhatt.
“Good ideas, particularly movie ideas, have a lot in common with great melody. They have emotional clarity, inevitability and memorability. Like a good tune that keeps playing in your head long after you have stopped listening to it, a great idea keeps nagging at you. It just doesn’t let go. This is what happened with this idea and Woh Lamhe was born,” adds the filmmaker.
Hashing out on more on the plot of the story, he says, “The story of Parveen’s descent into madness, her sudden disappearance from Bollywood and the final burnout, is the main plot of this film. But as the story unfolds, you will find out that Woh Lamhe in essence is a love story. It will inspire those who have loved and lost.”