Mukesh Bhatt at the launch of T P Aggarwal's trade magazine 'Blockbuster'
5 June 1952 |
Mukesh Bhatt (born 5 June 1952 in Mumbai), is an Indian film producer, who has produced several Bollywood films. He is the younger brother of Mahesh Bhatt, and also the co-owner of the production company Vishesh Films, set up in 1986. He is the uncle of Pooja Bhatt, Rahul Bhatt, Alia Bhatt, Shaheen Bhatt and Emraan Hashmi.
Bhatt was born to Nanabhai Bhatt (1915–1999), a Hindi film director-producer. His father was a Gujarati Hindu Brahmin and mother a Muslim. Nanabhai's brother, Balwant Bhatt (1909–1965) was also a Hindi film director. Nilima Bhatt is his wife. Bhatt has one daughter named Sakshi and a son Vishesh; Vishesh Films was named after him.
Bhatt’s first film as producer was Jurm (1990) with Vinod Khanna, however, the film wasn't much successful. Then he combined with Gulshan Kumar to produce the love story, Aashiqui (1990), starring debutantes Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal. The film was directed by his brother Mahesh Bhatt. The films that followed Aashiqui were all big hits. These included Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991) and Sadak (1991) released under the banner of Vishesh Films. All of these films starred Pooja Bhatt along with prominent actors like Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt, and Rahul Roy.
Bhatt produced more films in the following years, such as, Sir (1993) starring Naseeruddin Shah, Naajayaz (1995), Criminal (1995), and Fareb (1996). The 1998 film Ghulam, was yet another success for the producer. In 1999, Sangharsh starring Preity Zinta and Akshay Kumar was another successful venture for the producer, while the horror films Raaz (2002), and its sequel Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009), both were received positively. In 2004, he introduced his nephew, Emraan Hashmi, on the big screen, with the film, Footpath, also starring Bipasha Basu. His recent ventures as producer include, Zeher (2005), Kalyug (2005), Gangster (2006), Woh Lamhe (2006), Jannat (2008), Tum Mile (2009) and Crook (2010).
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- 1992: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Movie - Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin
- 1999: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Movie - Ghulam
- 2003: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Movie - Raaz
- 2005: Nominated, Zee Cine Awards - Popular Award for Best Producer of the Year - Murder
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- Mukesh Bhatt at the Internet Movie Database
- Mukesh Bhatt Profile and Filmography at Bollywood Hungama