Mahesh Bhatt: I knew about the dizzying power of TV

By HT

New Delhi, March 23 -- Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who has conceptualised the story of a new show on TV, says that he had realised the importance of television back in the 1980s and knew that it would become big in the future.

"I had made a telefilm, Janam, in 1986, featuring Kumar Gaurav, Anupam Kher and Kitu Gidwani. It was then that I tasted the dizzying power of television. Even back then, I could see that this medium would eventually become the face of entertainment in India in the days to come," he says.

"I believe that TV has amazing potential, and a well made show can connect with the Indian audience like no film can," adds Bhatt, who has directed films like Arth (1982), Saaransh (1984) and Janam (1985).

It's not just TV that the filmmaker is experimenting with; he has also taken up an acting stint in a film that also stars actor Shazahn Padamsee and newbie Shivam Bhargav. "In this film, I am playing the role of a Buddhist monk. My character tries to provide a catharsis and sanctuary to the main protagonist, who is seeking out the truth to the many complexities of life," he says.