Having achieved box-office success with adult themes in films like Jism,Murder and Raaz series,eminent producer-director Mahesh Bhatt now says such subjects are passe for him.
“The erotica noir cinema is passe. As we have stepped into the second decade of the 21st century,the recipe now we are using is ‘past forward’. I am going back to the past to go forward. That’s what Steven Spielberg did,” said 64-year-old Bhatt.
Speaking at an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here,the filmmaker said his upcoming sequel to his 1990 hit film Aashiqui would be a neat and clean film.
“That is a film where romance means even a kiss would be under the coat. It is not at all sleazy. We are re-infusing vitality through music,” he said.
Releasing next month,Aashiqui 2 is directed by Mohit Suri and stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor.
With Aashiqui 2 he said he will go back to his past to continue reinventing his cinema.
Summing up his four-decade-old Bollywood career,he said in the 70s and 80s he made serious films like Arth and Saaransh,which represented those times.
And in the 90s,he said he came up with films like Aashiqui,Sadak,Dil Hain Ki Manta Nahi,which catered to the young Indian audience.
“After 2000 we were in a global culture with digitisation and multiplexes around us. So a completely new kind of cinema came in which was of erotic themes like Raaz,Murder,Jism. They are my biggest hits in terms of money,” said the director.
Bhatt also said films like Saaransh gave him national and international recognition but not money.
“Why should I be allowed to make only one kind of cinema,” he said adding that the only thing that matters at the end of the day is how much money did a film make.