In the words of the maestro filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, “The progress of life is made through the risks we take.”
A problematic life always helps you to be thankful of your present.”
– Mahesh Bhatt, Filmmaker
Present at the teaser launch of his first Punjabi venture, Dushman, on Wednesday, Bhatt opened up about his life behind the camera and his affection for regional cinema.
Bhatt brought a new wave of cinema in the mainstream during the ’80s through his standout films like Arth, Saaransh, Naam, and Daddy.
The ace director feels that the time has changed for the filmmakers. “Filmmakers nowadays are ten times better than I was,” says Bhatt, who thinks that his days as a director are gone.
But still, the 68-year-old is the victim of his own past, a past, which he has successfully showcased in his films. “A problematic life always helps you to be thankful of your present,” shares Bhatt, who feels that mistakes and struggles can serve as your inspiration to deal in life.
On a lighter note, he talks about his love for regional cinema. For him, the regional filmmakers are destined to rise above the status-quo as they relate more to their audience, and their work is a reflection of their roots.
Bhatt comments on Punjabi film industry. “Long ago I realised that Punjabi films carry their own unique taste.” He calls it as one of the main reasons why he chose to narrate the teaser of Dushman.
He goes on to say that in his obituary he wants people to remember Dushman as well.
When asked about the kind of Punjabi cinema he has seen, Bhatt mentions classics like Chand Pardesi and Waaris. Though, he confesses that he has not seen any recent films, he strongly believes that Dushman will be appreciated by the audience as he has full faith in Shagufta Rafique’s direction, who in the past has penned down successful films like Awarapan, Murder 2, and Aashiqui 2 under Bhatt’s banner.
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