Mukesh Bhatt is an Indian film producer, known for Aashiqui 2 (2013), Ghulam (1998) and Gangster (2006). He has produced several Bollywood films for the last three decades. He is the younger brother of Mahesh Bhatt, and also the co-owner of the production company Vishesh Films, set up in 1986.
Bhatt is the son of Nanabhai Bhatt (1915–1999), a Hindi film director and producer and actress Shirin from the 1930’s. His father was a Gujarati Hindu Brahmin and mother a Muslim. Nanabhai’s brother, Balwant Bhatt (1909–1965) was also a Hindi film director. He is married to Nilima Bhatt. Bhatt has one daughter named Sakshi and a son Vishesh; Vishesh Films was named after him.
Mukesh Bhatt got a break when his brother Mahesh Bhatt decided to turn producer. He started a production company and gave Mukesh the responsibility to handle the production work. Their first venture was Daddy (1989), a telefilm directed by Mahesh Bhatt.
Bhatt’s first film as producer was Jurm (1990) with Vinod Khanna, however, the film was not very 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. Mukesh Bhatt had established himself as a successful producer by then.
He produced Vikram Bhatt’s film Ghulam (1998) starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherji. Ghulam was a runaway hit, and it encouraged Mukesh Bhatt to give chances to new comer diectors, as Mahesh Bhatt was planning to retire from direction.
He produced along with his brother Mahesh Bhatt Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015) with Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan in leading roles. It is based on the love story of Bhatt’s parents, Nanabhai Bhatt, Shirin Mohammad Ali and his stepmother.
In 2008, Mukesh Bhatt‘s Jannat, directed by debutante Kunal Deshmukh, was the biggest hit of the first 6 months.
Mukesh’s son Vishesh Bhatt is a creative producer in his films.
Family of Mukesh Bhatt
Spouse: Nilima Bhatt
Parents: Shirin Mohammad Ali, Nanabhai Bhatt
Siblings: Mahesh Bhatt, Robin Bhatt, Sheila Bhatt, Heena Suri
Children: Vishesh Bhatt, Sakshi Bhatt, Shail Bhatt