Mahesh Bhatt is a filmmaker known for delivering tough and gritty movies in the 90s like Naam, Saransh, Sadak, Sir, Tadipaar, Daddy and more. While over the past two decades he has made a name for himself as a writer and producer (either or both) for films like Raaz, Jism, Murder, Gangster and more, did you know that he made a name for himself as a writer and producer (either both) because of his daughter Alia in 1999 starring Shah Rukh Khan? The film was made. Bhatt?
During the production of the film a year before its release, a news crew visited the sets to interact with the cast and crew. During this conversation, Bhatt talks about the real reason for switching genres and making this action comedy. Shahrukh Khan, Read on to know all about it.
Speaking to Lehren Crew on the sets of Duplicate in 1997, Mahesh Bhatt said, “It’s a film that I look forward to showing my kids,” implying that his previous films were too violent or dark for children. Would have been
The director then specified that he was hoping to impress Alia, who was just four years old at the time. He said, “Children are usually not influenced by their parents. There is a possibility that I could impress my four-year-old girl Aaliya with a duplicate.
Talking about the duplicate, the film starred Shah Rukh Khan in dual roles – protagonist Bablu and antagonist Manu, alongside Juhi Chawla and Sonali Bendre. After release, the film got mixed reviews but could not do anything special at the box office.
While Alia Bhatt may be the reason behind Mahesh Bhatt’s duplicity with Shah Rukh Khan, the young actress has acted opposite King Khan in recent times. In the 2016 coming-of-age drama Dear Zindagi, directed by Gauri Shinde, Shahrukh Khan Jahangir played the role of ‘Jug’ Khan, a psychologist who helps Alia’s Koko with her life problems.
Recently, Alia also collaborated with her father for the 2020 action thriller Road film Sadak 2. A sequel to Mahesh’s 1991 film Sadak, the film also starred Sanjay Dutt, Jisshu Sengupta and Aditya Roy Kapur and was released on Disney+ Hotstar.
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