B.H.Harsh wrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Mukesh Bhatt is the son of famous film producer Nana Bhai Bhatt and the younger brother of Reputed film-maker Mahesh Bhatt. Hence, Movies were in his genes. After graduating, Mukesh Bhatt played a small role in his brother’s debut film Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain (1974) and assisted him on his next film Vishwasghaat (1977).
Mukesh Bhatt got a break when his brother Mahesh Bhatt decided to turn producer. He started a production company and gave Mukesh the responsibility to handle the production work. Their first venture was Daddy (1989), a tele film directed by Mahesh Bhatt.
After Daddy, Mukesh Bhatt produced of most of Mahesh Bhatt films. He struck gold when they had back-toback blockbusters with Aashiqui (1990), Dil Hai ki Maanta Nahi (1991), and Sadak (1991) running to Packed houses all over. Mukesh Bhatt had established himself as a successful producer by then.
Mukesh Bhatt continued producing Mahesh Bhatt’s films like Sir (1993), Naajayaz (1994), Criminal (1995). In 1996, Mukesh Bhatt gave a break to Vikram Bhatt by producing his film Fareb (1996). An year later, He produced Dil kitna Naadan Hai (1997) for irector Ravi Rai. Unfortunately, that film sank badly.
Then he produced Vikram Bhatt’s next film Ghulam (1998) starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherji. Ghulam was a runaway hit, and it encouraged Mukesh Bhatt to give chances to new comer diectors, as Mahesh Bhatt was planning to retire from direction. Same year, he produced Tanuja Chandra’s debut venture Dushman (1998), which won a lot of acclaim all over. Mukesh Bhatt also produced her next film Sangharsh (1999). In the coming years, Mukesh Bhatt became one of the most popular and encouraging producers. He supported his protégés Vikram Bhatt and Tanuja Chandra by producing their films like Kasoor (2001), Yeh Zindagi ka Safar (2001), Raaz (2002). Raaz was the biggest hit of 2002, a year when 80 % of the released films had failed to recover their money.
With the commercial success achieved with Raaz, Mukesh Bhatt along with Mahesh Bhatt decided to give break to a few other young directors. Then, They gave a break to several directors like Anurag Basu, Mohit Suri, Soni Razdan. And the Bhatt brothers’ courage really paid off well. Anurag Basu’s Murder (2004) was a huge hit, and so was Mohit Suri’s Zeher (2005). They continued their success with Anurag Basu’s Gangster (2006). However, They also saw a low period when 5 of their produced films flopped in a row, Woh Lamhe (2006) and Awarapan (2007) being the major ones of them.
In 2008, Mukesh Bhatt's Jannat, directed by debutante Kunal Deshmukh, was the biggest hit of the first 6 months.
Mukesh's son Vishesh Bhatt is a creative producer in his films.