Mahesh Bhatt, who has written ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’, the upcoming love story from his production house, says the Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi-starrer will focus on the life of a traditional Indian woman.
According to the director-producer, the story is inspired from some incidents from his step-mother’s life, though it is not based on her. Directed by Mohit Suri of ‘Aashiqui 2’ fame, the film just wrapped shooting.
Bhatt, 65, said both Vidya and Emraan, who are reuniting on-screen after ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Ghanchakkar’, have done a fabulous job in the film.
“Vidya is outstanding in the film. It is inspired by what I saw in my step-mother. It is not based on her life but comes from an understanding that I saw in her life. I decided to inject it into the story,” Bhatt told PTI in an interview.
“‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ is a very emotional perspective on a traditional Indian woman. She is your mangalsutra-wearing woman, who though works in a five star hotel as a florist, has still not gone out of that traditional space. I feel we have stopped looking at that woman. We are only looking at the urban women in our films,” he said.
The producer, who had been busy promoting his latest release ‘Khamoshiyan’, a supernatural erotic thriller, said his production house Vishesh Films, which he runs with brother Mukesh Bhatt, focuses on such stories because they do good business.
“I am often accused for selling sex through my films but there are people who tell me they liked ‘Zakhm’ but actually they go and watch ‘Murder’. ‘CityLights’, made on a budget of Rs 4 crores, was an outstanding film on rural-urban migration but its lifetime business is Rs 8 crores while ‘Jism 2’ that we made with Sunny Leone in Rs 6 crores went on to earn Rs 48 crores in a week,” Bhatt said.
“The point is why would I want to make films that no one will watch. I am in the business of entertainment. I have made more good films than anyone else in the country. I made ‘Daddy’, ‘Tamanna’, ‘Dhokha’ and innumerable such films,” he said.
The runaway success of ‘Aashiqui 2’, however, was a turning point for Bhatt as he decided to churn out more romantic films from his company and that is how ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ happened.
“I narrated the story to Mohit. He also had a choice to remake my earlier film ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi’ which would have been a guaranteed vehicle but he chose to work on ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’,” he said.