Mahesh Bhatt becomes a grandfather: my most difficult role

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As Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor look forward to embracing parenthood, veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says his role as a grandfather will be the “toughest” role he’s played so far.

Alia Bhatt, who married Ranbir Kapoor in April, announced her pregnancy last month and her father Mahesh Bhatt said he was overwhelmed after hearing the happy news.

“It’s the most difficult role I have to play as a grandfather. When I heard that she was having a baby, (I thought to myself) ‘Ah, my baby is having a baby ‘.

“I had barely recovered from the phenomenal challenge she’s put on for the past few years which kind of stunned the nation as well. And her magic in itself was awesome. Then the magic that she’s going to be a vehicle for life left me in awe, “said the filmmaker PTI in an email interview.

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Mahesh Bhatt, who provided the voice for an audiobook titled A taste of life, based on his own 2009 book about philosopher UG Krishnamurti, said it was the perfect gift he would want to leave for his grandchildren. The audiobook was released by Audible on July 8.

“By the time my grandchildren grow up, the written word may perish and at least I leave my voice behind so they can say, ‘This is my grandfather’s voice.’ what I feel like a gift. It’s the best thing I can leave,” he added.

The filmmaker, one of the most recognized storytellers in Indian cinema, is known for directing acclaimed films such as Arthur, Sarranch, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Tamanna, Aashiqui, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, Sadak and Zakhm.

Mahesh Bhatt said ‘A Taste of Life’ trumps all his film work and is closer to his heart mainly because it gave him the opportunity to deepen the bond he shared with his mentor Krishnamurti .

“It has my own love story with my master, teacher, father, the love of my life, the breath of my life, UG Krishnamurti, and it recounts my journey with him, especially the last phase of life” , he added. .

As a creative, the 73-year-old director said he finds the medium of audiobooks liberating.

“Make the audio version of ‘ Taste of life on Audible has been the mother of all experiences because cinema, when you direct or produce a film, is a collaborative medium and that is done through group participation,” he said.

Writing, believes Mahesh Bhatt, is a solitary and intimate journey, where one may not be able to fully express one’s emotions.

“You can’t communicate because maybe you don’t have the skills or you’re not as good at writing… But when I talked about it, when I read it in the studio , the people listening to it on the other side were moved and stirred by the intensity with which my experience was pouring out,” he added.

In his novel A taste of lifeBhatt recounts the days he spent with Krishnamurti in Vallecrosia, Italy, before the philosopher passed away in March 2007.

He said working on the audiobook was a unique experience as it pushed him to dig deeper into his memory.

“Those were the most intensely lived times of my life, and this work kind of blossomed in my heart. I had written about it, but doing an audio version was a whole different experience because you’re using your body to share what is anchored in you. .

“It’s cathartic and also conveys a lot of what you haven’t been able to dig up from your memory bank, through the use of written words,” the filmmaker said.

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