Interview: Mahesh Bhatt pays tribute to the late Vinod Khanna

The reflection by Jalaluddin Rumi perhaps best to resume the relationship between superstar Vinod Khanna and meet filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. Both applicants. Both adventurers. Both had a flirtatious season with Sanyas … But a Messiah’s myth burst too soon and discarded everything – the dress, the attitude, the accessory. “The two in our own ways were like innocent children trying to find answers.” Osho Rajneesh was you walking towards an oasis, which was actually a mirage. For me the tale of enlightenment was over, “says Bhatt, however, there is no beginning and ends the doors of the Osho ashram.His friendship was forged by the 1970s, when much-in-Vinod demand had insisted that One down and out Bhatt direct Lahu Ke Rang does and changed his life forever. “Behind the macho perception, the Vinod era was vulnerable. His heart was like that up there and he saw someone in trouble. He was generous to the point of exaggeration. Back in a friendship that survived glamor and god-men …


It is believed, ‘A friend can change your life’! And Vinod Khanna was one of those friends. The first time I saw it was on the set of Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971), the first study of Hindi cinema in the Chandivali Studio in Powai. I was an assistant director Raj Khosla Saab. I remember Vinod came in a small, graceful yellow car. I let her into her makeup room. Our first meeting brought a sense of familiarity. I was happy to see a person of my size, an Anglicized Mumbaikar, a boy from an English school. Those days he had long strands. He, of course, came from the opulent hill of Malabar, while I belonged to Shivaji Park. The first shot was of him riding in the village with his fellow Dacoits. He dismounts the horse menacingly and opens the door of the village chief’s house. Khosla Saab turned around and said, “This guy is going to be a star. He will set the nation on fire.” And he did. Vinod Khanna hit the landscape in a big way. We join more in the exterior of the film.Source by:

As director I had a disastrous foray into films – Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain (1974), Vishwasghaat (1977), Naya Daur (1978) … were unmentionable. So I used to make ads – like Lifebuoy, Dalda … to keep the wolf out the door. Then one day I got a call from Shankar BC, a well known distributor, who was venturing into production. He had a sad record of failures. I wondered why he called me. He said, “My exhibitors from Ulhasnagar say Vinod Khanna’s films are well received, while Vinod says take Mahesh Bhatt and I’ll make your movie.” “I want it.” “He wants you.” “How much money will you take?” “I desperately needed money. To Kiran Bhatt) I had a little girl (Pooja Bhatt) My father was not well So I just said, “30,000!” Shankar BC gave me 20,000 right away The phrase, “A friend can change your life “It became real to me at this juncture.When you are discarded by fate, it requires a person with extraordinary generosity to see you without your record.This Vinod gesture began our friendship.

Then we started working on Lahu Ke Do Rang (1979). During this time our association intensified because of questions in our hearts – how did I come from and where do I go after this body crumbles and gets into the dust? Also, with my experience with LSD, the influence of the Beatles, the Berkeley and the power of flowers, I was mesmerized by the spiritual jargon of Osho Rajneesh. I became his disciple and had taken me to wear robes. Around that time, in the early 1980s, the death of Vinod’s mother and a close relative had left him disturbed. He began to listen to Rajneesh’s tapes. Slowly, he expressed his desire to join him. He accompanied me to the ashram. And he loved it. He also became a disciple. That became the glue of our friendship. We traveled to Pune together, attended meditation together, met Rajneesh together and returned together. But gradually, I realized that we were putting on a show of having all the answers. The stance became annoying for me. I realized that the two and a half years I had spent with Rajneesh had not contributed in any way. I could quote Buddha, Guru Nanak, Zen, Bhagvad Gita … I had become a wordsmith. I could do five hours of meditation daily. But he was still lost. My personal life was going through hell as well. I had fallen in love with Parveen (Babi). Although it was approved by the ashram and its system of permissive values, in the real world I found it difficult to deal with the situation of having two women. That cost me a lot to feel my well-being. No words, no meditation, were numbing my anguish. So one day I broke Rajneesh’s mala (beaded necklace) and threw it down the toilet. The word of that came to Rajneesh. He was the self-proclaimed ‘Enlightened.’ I had followers all over the world. So who was that guy who had spoken his mind and done it so unluckily? THE DEATH OF GOD The decisive moment in our friendship came when one day Vinod called me from Filmistan Studio, “Come and see me.I have a message from Bhagwan.It is angry at what you have done.He said, ‘Bring him here or I will destroy him’ “He said,” I’m not the same as you, but I’m not the same as you, “I will not come back. However shaky they may be, I shall have to walk on my own feet. And I am not afraid of the wrath of Bhagwan. ‘ What I value most of this conversation was the concern of Vinod’s voice. He was worried as a h


His return films Insaaf and Satyameva Jayate (both in 1987) did well. We did Jurm (1990) together; The song Jab koi baat bigad jaayee of it is still popular. He was received however, could not regain the glory he had left. The world does not wait. “I can not compete,” was the dissonance he used to have with Rajneesh, who said, “You have to compete. You are in a market.” He replied, “Is this what I have to do to get on top?” Vinod Was basically an idealistic soul. Little by little, his vigor for Rajneesh diminished – like a love story, which has lost its sparkle after the convulsions. Then he entered the field of politics. Our worlds changed. I would meet him on a plane now and then. I had fun seeing that side of him. Our political ideologies were again different. Although that did not deter me from having a cordial relationship with him. Around 2012, his son Sakshi came to meet us. We wanted to send it to Aashiqui 2. I called Vinod and told him that I was delighted by the boy and that he had the fire for long entrances. Anyway, the casting did not happen for some reason. Two or three years ago I learned that Vinod was not well. I called him and asked him, “Did you hear that you’re sick?” He gave a little laugh, saying, “No, I’m not well.” Recently, when I saw the heartbreaking picture of a sick vinod circulating in social networks. I was shocked. He did not look like Vinod. My brother Mukesh (Bhatt) called his brother Pramod, who said he was hospitalized for dehydration. I asked Mukesh not to increase his pressure. It is not fair to impose oneself because sometimes receiving visits is more painful. Vinod passed away on 27 April. In hindsight, I have not come to an oasis where there is lasting peace. I did not find the answers. So the questions fell. I do not know if Vinod found the answers to his questions or he was separated from the search. At 68, I can say with great humility that not knowing is the natural state of man. The truth is that no one realizes what life is and it does not matter. Thinking about Vinod fills me with gratitude. I repeat: “A friend can change your life” and I was very lucky to have it.

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