Dipen Guhawrote on May 27 2009 12:13AM
Mahesh Bhatt is often indicted with plagiarism. The concepts of some of his films like "Sadak", "Junoon", "Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke", "Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi", "Gangster" and many others are alleged to have been thieved from Hollywood hits. The allegation is, however, not without sound ground. But, Mahesh translates the concepts into his own style and project them in indigenous effusion. It is wasting minutes to fall out over the issue. But, none can deny the fact that Mahesh Bhatt is a name, linked outrightly with the Indian film industry as well as Indian film anthology. The man who was born in 1949 of an established film maker Nanabhai Bhatt and nursed, nurtured and nourished in the film ambience, must be endowed with the grey-matter conducive to film making. Mahesh made his directorial debut with film "Manzilen Aur Bhi Hai" in early 70s. The film was good but commercially foiled.Mahesh was in moral dilemma. Neither could he relinquish his tasteful ethos and creative urges, nor could he ignore the substancial dividend of the show-business. Like Sanjay Lila Bansali who suffered loss in his dream-project "Khamoshi-the Musical", and made himself known by "Hum Dil Se Chuke Sanam", Mahesh knew, he would have to strike a balance between the two. Thus, the man who makes "Lahoo Ke Do Rang", creates "Arth", "Viswasghat" and also "Janam". Thus he made a name, a genre or gharana, totally of typical "Mahesh Bhatt"."Yeh Zindagi ka Safar" has never been a smooth-sail. Now, we say " it is a Mahesh Bhatt Production" or "Mahesh Bhatt Banner". As Yash Chopra knew the temperament of "Waqt", his films have been time-tested and he has founded an empire in which one can discover the kinds of edifice like "Veer-Zara" as well as "Dhoom". Likewise, whenever we hear the names "Murder","Jannat", "Paap", "Jism" the name or impression that comes in mind primarily is invariablly Mahesh Bhatt, and Puja Bhatt or Vikram Bhatt comes in secondarily. It is because Mahesh Bhatt is an institution that took years to be founded. Mahesh likes to deal with social problems , be it match-fixing or web-scam. For this, if he imports overseas concepts, the enterprise is corroborative, Story-concepts are never static but dynamic and volatile. They are like passing clouds. What's wrong,if they shower on the soil of Mahesh Bhatt to make it more fertle ?