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|Founded||in 1986 named after Vishesh Bhatt son of Mukesh Bhatt.|
|Mahesh Bhatt (Creative Consultant)
Mukesh Bhatt (Chairman & Managing Director)
Vishesh Films is an Indian film producing company owned by brothers, Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt. Mahesh is also a member of the advisory board of U.S. nonprofit TeachAIDS. Vishesh Films is one of the most successful Indian film production houses. The production company is named after Vishesh Bhatt, the son of Mukesh Bhatt.
Mahesh Bhatt and early Vishesh Films
In 1987 Mahesh Bhatt turned producer when he set up his own banner, "Vishesh Films", with his brother Mukesh Bhatt. He went on to become one of the most recognised directors of the Indian film industry in the coming decade, giving both serious productions – like Daddy (1989), launching his daughter Pooja Bhatt as a movie actress, and Swayam (1991) — as well as commercial romantic hits like Awaargi (1990), Aashiqui (1990) and Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), in which he cast Pooja with actor Aamir Khan. He next directed Sadak (1991) which remains his highest grossing work to date either directed or produced under his Vishesh Films. He won critical acclaim for Sir (1993), which saw Pooja Bhatt acting with Naseeruddin Shah along with the hit Gumraah and Criminal (1994). In 1994 he won the National Film Award - Special Jury Award for Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993).
In 1995 he moved to television, then a newly opening medium in India. He made two TV series in 1995: the English language A Mouthful of Sky written by Ashok Banker and the popular Hindi language serial Swabhimaan scripted by writer Shobha De. He directed another TV series, Kabhie Kabhie, in 1997 which was written by Anurag Kashyap.
Following this, he directed dramas like Dastak (1996), the debut film of Miss Universe 1994-turned-actress Sushmita Sen, and Tamanna (1997), and tried his hand at comedy with Duplicate in 1998. Zakhm (1998) was returned to the censor board because of right-wing pressure critical of its references to the Mumbai riots of 1993.
His last film as director was Kartoos (1999). Thereafter, Bhatt retired a director and took to screenwriting, churning out stories and screenplays for over twenty films, many of which were box-office successes, like Dushman, Raaz, Murder (2004), Gangster (2006), Woh Lamhe (2006), Murder 2(2011), Jism 2(2012) and Murder 3(2013)
Vishesh Films is known for producing small budget commercially successful films. They produced thrillers like Raaz, Jism, Murder and Gangster all of which were major commercial successes. They further produced Zeher, Awarapan and Jannat. While the first two were moderate successes, the latter emerged a Super Hit. They den began producing quasi sequels and have given the maximum number of franchises to Indian Cinema. First of them was Raaz – The Mystery Continues which was a hit movie venture. Then came Murder 2 which did phenomenal business and was eventually declared a 'blockbuster'. It was followed by Jannat 2 and Jism 2, which were commercial successes. They produced Raaz 3 which made more than 100 million on its' opening day and was a 'Super Hit'. It was followed by Murder 3 which was a profitable venture . Their latest release was Aashiqui 2 which created history by earning more than 1 billion and was declared a 'blockbuster'. It emerged as the best trending film of the century after 3 Idiots.
Films Distributed under Vishesh Films
Top grossing films
|1||Aashiqui 2||2013||854.0 million (US$13 million)||Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor|
|2||Raaz 3||2012||729.0 million (US$11 million)||Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Bipasha Basu|
|3||Murder 2||2011||500.3 million (US$7.9 million)||Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez|
|4||Jannat 2||2012||420 million (US$6.6 million)||Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Randeep Hooda|
|5||Jism 2||2012||349.7 million (US$5.5 million)||Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda, Arunoday Singh|