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Mukesh Bhatt Turns 71: A Look At His Most Popular Films

Screenbox gives you a lowdown on the best films by Mukesh Bhatt that viewers just can’t miss.

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A file photo of Mukesh Bhatt
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MUKESH Bhatt, one of the popular filmmakers in Bollywood, may have kicked off his career with the identity of Mahesh Bhatt’s sibling. However, he managed to carve a niche for himself for offering films to the viewers that are an interesting blend of mystery, horror and power.

As he turns a year older, Screenbox gives you a lowdown on his most popular films.

Aashiqui

In 1990, Mukesh began his career as a producer with Vinod Khanna-starrer Jurm, which failed to set the cash registers ringing at the Box Office. Later, he collaborated with Gulshan Kumar to produce the love story, Aashiqui (1990), featuring debutantes Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal. The film found several takers because they could identify with the lead couple as lovers who combat all odds to be together. Besides the script and the impeccable performance by the actors, the film managed to win several hearts, courtesy its soulful music.

Aashiqui 2

Much like the original, Aashiqui 2 too was lauded for its melodious music. Its song offered an interesting mix of pain and longing. The blockbuster revolved around the story of a failing singer Rahul (Aditya Roy Kapur), how he meets her and falls in love with Aarohi (Shraddha), a woman who croons in a bar. He helps her in becoming a famous singer while he goes on a self-destructive mode.

The Raaz Franchise

It has been 21 years since Raaz released. Agreed, horror film Raaz was no classic. Nonetheless, it emerged as a successful franchise with both Raaz and Raaz: The Mystery Continues doing well at the Box Office. Inspired by Hollywood’s What Les Beneath, Raaz found takers because of Bipasha’s performance and Nadeem-Shravan’s score. Raaz, Raaz: The Mystery Continues, Raaz 3 & Raaz Reboot, produced by Mukesh Bhatt, went on to garner massive popularity.

Jannat: In Search Of Heaven & Jannat 2

Jannat: In Search Of Heaven was about match fixing and bookies. But it wasn’t right to call it a cricket-centric film, because it largely focused on a love story. The film, produced by Mukesh Bhatt, was mature, convincing and gripping. All in all, Jannat: In Search Of Heaven was one of the best films from Vishesh Films, and so was its sequel Jannat 2.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani

Hamari Adhuri Kahani, which featured Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi and Rajkummar Rao in key roles, offered a touching story of a woman’s reluctance to break away from an abusive marriage even though she finds love and fulfillment outside it. Written by Mahesh Bhatt, the film showed how a single mother, Vasudha (Vidy), whose husband Hari (Rajkummar Rao), abandons her five years ago. But she continues to wears a mangalsutra and writes fake birthday cards to their son so that he thinks his father is around.

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