Veteran director, producer Mahesh Bhatt turns a year older today. It is an understatement that Bhatt has some wonderfully poignant stories to share through his films. Some of his award-winning films frequently find a mention in the top Bollywood movies of all time.
Let us look at some of Mahesh Bhatt’s best work to date — according to IMDB — these are his must-watch movies to watch before you die.
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Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991)
With a 7.4 rating on IMBD, this romantic tale about a runaway heiress in search of her beloved who falls in love with another man on the journey is a timeless romance. Starring Mahesh Bhatt’s eldest daughter Pooja Bhatt and Aamir Khan, this film is bound to tug at your heartstrings.
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993)
Another 7.4 rating on IMDB, is this wonderfully comic, romantic story of love and family and business. Starring India’s then sweethearts Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan, this film continues to rank among the best romantic comedies ever made in Indian cinema.
With a 7.5 rating, Naam falls into Bhatt’s more serious cinema. This crime thriller follows Vicky, who gets entrapped in a criminal plot after he leaves his country for work. Vicky is portrayed by the fresh Sanjay Dutt - who gives a flawless performance and thus this film finds itself in this list.
Bhatt’s 1984 Drama Saaransh gets the highest IMDB ranking of the lot, with 8.4. Stellar performances from Rohini Hattangadi and Anupam Kher make this film one of Bhatt’s very best. The story is about an old couple who lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues. Make the time to watch this one.
Ajay Devgn’s superb histrionic skills in Zakhm make this film a movie of a lifetime. Scoring a 7.9 on IMDB, this film follows the story of Ajay’s character amidst religious riots, as he deals with his mother's life-threatening injuries, and her last request. The musical score and songs are to die for as well.
No Mahesh Bhatt film can be complete without Arth, his 1982 drama - which many say, mirrored his own life and infidelity. Scoring an 8 on IMDB, this is a must-watch film for the brilliant portrayal of love and love lost. Stellar performances by Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi and Kulbhushan Kharbanda make this for film for the ages.