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Last Updated 17.11.2019 | 10:07 PM IST



The Bhatts’ Big Fat Bollywood celebration

The Bhatts, Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt are getting ready for what promises to be one of the most lavish celebrations ever seen in the Indian entertainment industry.

To celebrate 25 years of existence of the Bhatts’ banner Vishesh Films, the Bhatts are planning a jamboree designed like the opening of Mera Naam Joker where all the people who made a difference to the protagonist’s life were invited under the same roof.

Laughs Mukesh Bhatt joyously, “Yes, Jeena yahan marna yahan indeed. On June 5, Vishesh Films completed 25 years. We’re planning a very big celebration cum party where we want all those who’ve ever been associated with Vishesh Films to come.”

While Mukesh was reluctant to reveal more details, one came to know from sources that the party would read like a who’s who of the entertainment industry.

Says our source, “Everyone from Mr. Bachchan to Emraan Hashmi would be personally invited. The Bhatts have never believed in a show of strength. They’ve quietly gone and introduced some of the biggest talent in the industry. But this time when it’s the banner’s silver jubilee, the Bhatts are in the mood for self-congratulation.”

We hear there will be a parade of talent at the party to be held in the last week of May. Says our source, “All the actors from Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal in Aashiqui to Esha Gupta in the forthcoming Jannat 2, and all the directors from Vikram Bhatt in Fareb to Vishal Mahadkar in Blood Money would be called on stage.”

Says Mukesh, “25 years and 58 films, not bad, huh? We want to share the moment with the entire industry and especially with all the actors, directors, technicians and music directors whom we’ve introduced.”

Adds Mahesh Bhatt, “25 years and it’s time to contemplate one’s impact on the world. I’d this time make an exception and do some retrospection in spite of my personal motto: never look back. But the fact of the matter is, it’s for others to make an honest assessment of our journey.”

Mukesh Bhatt proudly reveals this is the 84th year in the Hindi film industry for the Bhatt clan. My father Nanabhai Bhatt began directing films in the silent era in 1928. He went from the silent to the talkies era. Then I and my brother have produced an aggregate of nearly 70 films. Now in 2012, we’re ready to release our first 3D film Raaz 3 and mind you, it is not a fake 3D film. We haven’t converted a 2D film into 3D. We shot the film in the 3D format. This is the 25th year of Vishesh Films. Grant us the luxury of feeling proud. The Bhatts have been around for 84 of the 100 years of Indian cinema’s existence. No film family can claim this achievement.”

Happily for the Bhatts, Mukesh’s son Vishesh makes his directorial debut with Murder 3 this year.

Mukesh thinks Randeep and Sara Loren would burn up the screen when the film releases.”Their chemistry has to be seen to be believed. I left the choice of heroine completely to my son Vishesh who makes his directorial debut in Murder 3. Fortunately, he has a mind of his own which he uses judiciously. The first shock he gave me was when I read his script. It was unlike anything our banner or for that matter, anything tried by Hindi cinema before. The second shock Vishesh gave me was when he announced he wanted Randeep and not Emraan for the male lead. Considering Emmy is our own inhouse hero it was really surprising. But then we need to get the banner out of a straitjacket. We need fresh talent that would steer Vishesh Films into new directions. No point in doing our trademark films over and over again. When audiences see what my son has done in Murder 3, they will be shocked beyond belief.”

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