Bollywood renowned director-producer Mahesh Bhatt’s mother passed away in 1997 and just one year after that, his father too was no more! Post the tragic back-to-back loss, Mahesh stopped directing and his last movie as a director was ‘Zakhm’. Post ‘The Villain’, Mohit Suri will be directing a film starring Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan titled ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahaani’ that is not only being written by Mahesh Bhatt, but is a story based on his own life story.
Talking exclusively to our reporter, Bhatt sahab told us, “My stepmother was 94 when my father died 10 years ago and she said to me, ‘Your father’s body will not come to my home’, which was his legal official residence because he had willed, that post his death, his body should be taken to the house where my mother lived. My mother and my father’s relationship was not a legitimate one in his lifetime. I was awestruck by the magnanimity of this traditional Gujarati woman who was publicly proclaiming that her husband’s choice in death was to be eternally wedded to the other woman who had no legal status in the eyes of the world. That moment of human grandeur of the magnificent heart is something that stayed with me. In my life somewhere when I was growing up, I had looked up to her as a villain, as a vamp, who was a source of my mother’s misery. But only when I grew up and I went closer to that narrative, I discovered that life doesn’t have good people and bad people. Life only has people. Each one cries, dies and dreams. It is your privilege from whose view you will tell the story. At one moment I told the story from the point of view of my mother. And then when I chose to see it from the point of view of my stepmother, the story was equally moving and profound, in fact larger.”
“There was, in a sense, a closure to the illegitimate relationship of my father and mother as in his death he had not chosen his legally wedded wife but had chosen this other woman, my mother. His legal wife coming to terms that perhaps by exercising the will of the man she was married to, however painful, was in a sense her ultimate test of being a wife. By executing her husband’s wish she was reducing herself to a life-long oblivion by legitimising the other woman. Her story was heart-breaking, painful. I remember having asked my stepmother, ‘Mummy aapko sapne mein daddy aate hai kya?’ She said, ‘Mujhe sapne hi nahi aate.’ She asked me, ‘Tere ko aate hain?’ I said, ‘Haan, kabhi kabhi aate hai.’ She said, ‘Tere sapne mein aaye toh bola kar, ki mere sapne mein bhi aaya kare’.” This Mahesh Bhatt story is bound to be heart-wrenching.