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Mahesh Bhatt


Shammi Kapoor’s real contribution to Hindi cinema was the idea of abandon: Mahesh Bhatt
Sun, Oct 21, 2018

Shammi Kapoor's real contribution to Hindi cinema was the idea of 'abandon.' He brought emotional abandon to acting and song-and-dance. He broke away from the behavioural pattern that contained the fingerprints of the bygone era, in the process modernising the art of commercial cinema.

Arth wouldn’t have been an enduring classic without this unusual man
Tue, Oct 11, 2011

Mr. Bhatt,Jagjit Singh is dead. Can we request you to give your reaction please?” As I hold the line,waiting to be connected to the studio anchor,a memory bubble bursts.

Brainstorming in Bollywood
Sat, Oct 29, 2005

There’s no biz but show biz. Recently, when I went to attend the ‘Bite The Mango’ film festival in Bradford, UK, a top offici...

The Invasion of the Newspapers
Wed, Sep 21, 2005

I learned to read the newspaper in my mother’s lap. For me, and many like me, preserving the newspaper is a serious matter because even...

Forever young, desperately
Thu, Jun 16, 2005

I am petrified of losing my control over the market. I feel that we sex pots age quicker than the other heroines in our business. That is wh...

Why Hema Malini was born in California
Fri, May 20, 2005

Just a couple of years ago one could not write the word ‘‘Bollywood’’ in an American newspaper without having to include...

My Aishwarya for your McDonald’s
Fri, Apr 22, 2005

These days, a giant-sized, moth eaten face of Arnold Schwarzenegger stares at us Bombaywallas from a billboard, heralding the release of a H...

Dreamworks Ltd
Fri, Feb 25, 2005

“On the film sets we make movies,’’ a movie director of great repute once said. ‘‘But in the cinema halls we sell h...

The great myth of marketing
Fri, Jan 28, 2005

A group of kids stand outside a cinema hall. They are waiting for the first show of the just released multi-star cast film, which has had an...

She was a rebel, lived life on her own terms
Sun, Jan 23, 2005

I owe everything that I am today to my brief association with this magnificent woman called Parveen Babi. It was my brief relationship with ...

Censoring the spirit of Gandhi
Thu, Jan 13, 2005

I had a feeling of deja vu when I stood up to address a room full of journalists the other day at the Press Club in Mumbai. I was there to s...

Porn free
Sat, Dec 04, 2004

In 1973, when I directed my first film, Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain, the Censor Board of India refused to grant it a certificate. The plot of my ...

Box-office-ed in
Fri, Nov 05, 2004

‘‘It’s time to radically change the way we think about our business,’’ the meek film broker said. He has been in th...

Story-telling as a communication tool
Thu, Oct 07, 2004

‘‘Do you know Mr Bhatt, story-telling is being used these days to bring about organisational change?’’ said an exuberant...

The moronic inferno of celebrities
Thu, Sep 09, 2004

‘‘Why do you put yourself to such torture to get these silly autographs?’’ I asked a meek looking girl who had broken th...

The spirituality supermarket
Mon, Jul 31, 2000

Just as some human beings are compelled to explore the physical world as scientists, geographers or naturalists, others are compelled to e...

An Uncensored View
Sat, Nov 14, 1998

Once again the film industry has locked horns with the film Censor Board of India. Once again, I find myself under the microscopic glare of ...