Mahesh Bhatt Wiki, Age, Wife, Family, Girlfriend, Biography and more

Mahesh Bhatt is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter, most notably one of the leading filmmakers of Bollywood.


Mahesh Bhatt was born on Monday, 20 September 1948 (age 71 years; as in 2019) in Bombay. His zodiac sign is Virgo.

Mahesh Bhatt and his brother Mukesh in childhood

Mahesh Bhatt and his brother Mukesh in childhood

He did his schooling from Don Bosco High School, Matunga.

Physical Appearance

Height (Approx): 5′ 7″

Eye colour: dark brown

Hair Color: Salt and Pepper; semi bald

Family, Caste and Wife

Mahesh Bhatt’s father Nanabhai Bhatt was an Indian film director and producer who worked in Hindi and Gujarati cinema. His father was a Hindu Nagar Brahmin. Mahesh’s mother Shirin Mohammad Ali was a Gujarati Shia Muslim and the second wife of Nanabhai Bhatt.

Mahesh Bhatt's father Nana Bhai Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt’s father Nana Bhai Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt with his mother Shireen Mohammed Ali

Mahesh Bhatt with his mother Shireen Mohammed Ali

Nanabhai Bhatt’s first wife Hemlata Bhatt was his stepmother. He has 4 brothers – Mukesh Bhatt (filmmaker; son of Nanabhai Bhatt and Shirin Mohammed Ali), Dhawal Bhatt (editor; son of Nanabhai Bhatt and Hemlata Bhatt), Robin Bhatt (writer; son of Nanabhai Bhatt and Hemlata Bhatt), and Parmesh Bhatt and four sisters; Three of them are- Mamta (daughter of Nanabhai Bhatt and Hemlata Bhatt), Sheela Darshan, Heena Suri.

Mahesh Bhatt with Mukesh Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt with Mukesh Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt's brother, Robin Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt’s brother, Robin Bhatt

He married Kiran Bhatt (also known as Lorraine Bright) in 1970 but later parted ways.

Mahesh Bhatt with Kiran Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt with Kiran Bhatt

They both have two children; One son’s name is Rahul Bhatt (fitness trainer and actor) and one daughter’s name is Pooja Bhatt (actress and filmmaker). He was once in a relationship with actress, model and interior designer Parveen Babi. He married Soni Razdan (British actress and film director) for the second time in 1986.

Mahesh Bhatt with Soni Razdan

Mahesh Bhatt with Soni Razdan

The couple has two daughters named Shaheen Bhatt (writer/director) and Alia Bhatt (actress).

Mahesh Bhatt's daughters Shaheen, Alia and Pooja and son Rahul

Mahesh Bhatt’s daughters Shaheen, Alia and Pooja and son Rahul


as a director

Mahesh Bhatt started his career by making product advertisements. Through acquaintances he was introduced to director Raj Khosla and later started assisting Raj Khosla. He made his debut as a film director in 1974 with the film “Manjilein Aur Bhi Hain”.

Mahesh Bhatt's debut film-Manzil Aur Hai Hai

In 1984, he directed “Naam”, his first commercial film.

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He made many films like Janam (1985), Saransh (1984), Aashiqui (1990), Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi (1991), Sir (1993), Zakhm (1998) and Sadak (1991). His last film as a director was “Kartoos (1999)”, after which he became a full-time screenwriter.

Mahesh Bhatt's-Cartridge

He made his comeback as a director with the film “Sadak 2 (2020)”. She made her television debut in 1995 with the TV show “Swabhiman”, which aired on DD National.

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Mahesh Bhatt's TV show- Swabhiman

As a screenwriter

His first film as a screenwriter was “Arth (1982)”.

Mahesh Bhatt's first film as a screenwriter – Arth (1982)

After retiring from his directing career, he wrote the script for “Sangharsh (1999)”. He wrote scripts for several Bollywood films such as Dushman (1998), Raaz (2002), Murder (2004), Gangster (2006), Woh Lamhe (2006), and Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015).

as a producer

He made his debut as a film producer with the film “Papa Kehte Hain (1996)” opposite Amit Khanna.

Mahesh Bhatt's first film as a producer – Papa Kehte Hain (1996)

He produces films under the banner “Vishesh Films”, which is co-owned by his brother Mukesh Bhatt. The company was named after Mukesh’s son Vishesh Bhatt, who is a producer. Vishesh Films Logo

Other work

She made her acting debut in 2018 with the film “The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City”.

Mahesh Bhatt's acting debut-The Dark Side of Life Mumbai City

He sang for the first time in the film “Mr.” X.” He sang the title track of the film with MILI.


  • He was embroiled in controversy when he appeared on the cover page of Filmfare magazine, in which he was kissing his elder daughter Pooja. He even said that if Pooja was not his daughter, he would have married her.Mahesh and Pooja Bhatt on the cover page of Filmfare
  • Rangoli Chandel once claimed that Mahesh Bhatt had thrown a ‘chappal’ at Kangana Ranaut during the screening of Woh Lamhe (2007) because she refused to sign one of his films. To this Mahesh Bhatt replied,

    She (Kangana) is a child. He started his journey with us. Just because her relative (Rangoli is also Kangana’s spokesperson and manager) is attacking me, I will not comment.

  • In Karan Johar’s chat show, ‘Koffee with Karan’, when Mahesh was asked to rank actors according to their acting skills, he ranked Aamir Khan last. Interestingly, when Lagaan went to the Oscars he commented,

    Lobbying for the Oscar award in this way was like shouting in front of a white person.

  • After Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide on 14 June 2020, Mahesh Bhatt started being trolled on social media for calling Sushant schizophrenic. According to an article published on National Herald by Suhrita Sengupta, a close associate of writer and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt once said about Sushant Singh that –

    It’s Parveen Babi once again.

    The article further states that it was Mahesh Bhatt who advised Sushant’s alleged girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty to distance herself from him due to his deteriorating mental health condition. Suhrita Sengupta further wrote-

    He had no choice. Bhatt Saheb told her that she could not do anything. If she stays there she will lose her sanity also. Rhea waited for Sushant’s sister to come to Mumbai and take charge. Sushant’s sisters tried their best to support and console him. But he was beyond listening to anyone. He won’t take his medicine.”


  • National Film Awards He has won 3 National Awards including Best Feature Film Award in Urdu for “Sardari Begum” and Best Feature Film Award in Hindi for “Gudiya” in 1997 and Special Jury Award for the film “Hum Hain Rahi” Is included. Of Love” in 1994.
  • Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for the film “Zakhm” in 2000
  • Filmfare Awards He has won 3 Filmfare Awards; First in the category of Best Dialogue for the film “Arth” in 1984 and two awards in the category of Best Story for the film “Saaransh” in 1985 and “Jakhm” in 1999.
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Favourite Things


  • During his school days, he used to do summer jobs and also do product advertisements.
  • Mahesh’s mother Shireen Mohammed Ali and his father Nanabhai Bhatt never married.
  • Once Mahesh asked his mother the meaning of his name. She said she would ask his father, because he was the one who gave him this name. The next day his father came to him and told him that his name meant ‘Lord of Gods’. In an interview, Mahesh told that in childhood he did not like his name because it was the name of the God who had beheaded his own son.
  • During his childhood days, ‘Ganesh’ was his favorite deity and he also wanted him to be named ‘Ganesh’. He even used to sleep with a small Ganesha under his pillow.
  • Mahesh Bhatt met Lorraine Bright (Kiran Bhatt) during his school days. When he was 20, they fell in love and got married.
  • When Mahesh Bhatt started dating Parveen Babi, the two separated. Mahesh Bhatt left his family and Bhatt left his family and went into a live-in relationship with Praveen.
  • Praveen was reportedly diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia (auditory hallucinations and paranoid delusions; believing that everyone wants to harm you). He even accused several celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Bill Clinton of conspiring to kill him. In an interview given to Filmfare magazine, Mahesh said that he left Praveen because he could not handle his condition. Describing his condition he said-

    Sometimes she would say that there was something wrong with the air conditioner. We had to break it down and show it to him. Other times there was a ‘bug’ in the fan or perfume.

    Praveen Babi

    Praveen Babi

  • He converted to Islam to marry both his wives. He did not want to leave his first wife and his children and Islam was the only religion that allowed him to live with both his wives.
  • Emraan Hashmi’s grandmother and Milan Luthria’s grandmother are sisters of Mahesh’s mother.
    Mahesh Bhatt with Emraan Hashmi

    Mahesh Bhatt with Emraan Hashmi

  • The film “Saaransh” (1984), directed by Mahesh Bhatt, was India’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 1985.
  • The story of the film “Aashiqui” (1990) was inspired by the love story of Mahesh Bhatt and Kiran Bhatt (born Lorraine Bright).Mahesh Bhatt's Aashiqui
  • The stories of the films “Woh Lamhe (2006)” and “Arth (1982)” were inspired by the life of Parveen Babi and her relationship with Mahesh Bhatt.Mahesh Bhatt's - those moments
  • Talking about Parveen Babi, Mahesh Bhatt says, “Whatever I am today I owe to my brief association with this brilliant woman.” In an interview, she revealed that her films were unsuccessful until she made “Arth (1982)”, based on her relationship with Praveen. This film gave him tremendous success.
  • He has notably launched the careers of many actors like Anupam Kher, Rahul Roy, Anu Aggarwal, Deepak Tijori, Sonali Bendre, Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi, Mallika Sherawat, Sushmita Sen and Kangana Ranaut.
  • Mahesh follows a philosopher named UG Krishnamurthy. He also wrote two autobiographies on his life, “UG Krishnamurthy, A Life” in 1992 and “A Taste of Life: The Last Days of UG Krishnamurthy” in 2009. He was cremated.
    Mahesh Bhatt with UG Krishnamurthy

    Mahesh Bhatt with UG Krishnamurthy

  • He believes that the Congress party is committed to secularism and Narendra Modi is communal. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he campaigned in Caravan-e-Bedari (Caravan of Awareness) and asked people to vote for Congress and defeat Modi. He even criticizes the communal record of Congress and Rajiv Gandhi in the 1984 Sikh massacre.
  • “A Mouthful of Sky” (1995), directed by Mahesh Bhatt, was the first English-language TV series to be produced in India.
    Mahesh Bhatt's A Mouthful of Sky (1995) cast

    Mahesh Bhatt’s A Mouthful of Sky (1995) cast

  • He is an advisory member of TeachAIDS, a US-based non-profit organization that fights against AIDS through the development of HIV prevention technology products.
  • He has been known to copy scenes from Hollywood films, and at times, he has even copied an entire Hollywood film without acknowledging the producers. For example- they copied “The Fugitive” (1993) and remade it in Hindi as “Criminal” (1995).
  • He has hosted some episodes of two science magazine programs, which are “Turning Point (1991)” and “Imaging Science”.
  • He is a member of the Board of Patrons of the Mother Teresa Awards, given to individuals or organizations promoting peace, equality and social justice.
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