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Mahesh Bhatt: I failed more times than I succeeded in professional and personal lives
Veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is a very familiar name in Bollywood. He is known for making memorable films like ‘Saaransh’, ‘Naam’, ‘Sadak’ and ‘Zakhm’. While addressing the students of Khalsa College on Tuesday, the filmmaker asserted that he failed more times than he succeeded in his professional as well as personal life.
When asked by reporters if he ever feared of anything in his life, Mahesh Bhatt said, “Fear is a reality which you have to understand. The way you can’t run away from your shadow, similarly, fear will always be part of you.” “All living beings have fear but courage lies in having fear and still doing things,” he added.
Mahesh Bhatt further said, “There is no full stop and there is no horizon. I don’t want to burden you with my non-existent greatness. I am an ordinary, simple person. I have fallen down and I have stood up. I learnt through trial and error. I failed more times than I succeeded. So, I just want to tell you that you shouldn’t be frightened by failure. If a mediocre and ordinary person like me can make it, I am sure that each child here can do it too.”
Talking about his upcoming film ‘Sadak 2’, Bhatt said, “I was very happy when my daughter Shaheen Bhatt wrote a book on depression. She wrote that book based on her own experiences dealing with depression.”
On the occasion, Bhatt also recounted how he asked Shaheen Bhatt on a public forum whether she could have created awareness about depression through her book if she had never faced depression in her life.
“She answered, ‘No…the dark night which I experienced was very important’. So, I just want to tell you that don’t be scared of darkness and don’t be scared of your days of suffering. The light which comes on through that dark phase gives you more glory than the light that you see without going through darkness,” he said.
It is to be noted that Mahesh Bhatt’s personal and professional life has been full of ups and downs. Interestingly, Bhatt’s acclaimed 1991 film ‘Sadak’ dealt with depression, and there are reports about the film’s sequel, ‘Sadak 2’, being based on the same theme.
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