Newcomers our future, says Bhatt

In his four-decade career, Mahesh Bhatt has never shied away from giving chance to fresh talent in his films — whether it was Anupam Kher in Saaransh, Rahul Roy in Aashiqui, or Sunny Leone in Jism 2. The filmmaker says he doesn’t see any risk in investing in newcomers.

‘Filmmaking is all about ideas. And if you have a unique story idea, it will get positive responses, irrespective of the cast,’ Bhatt said.

‘The way I perceive it, investing in newcomers is not a risk. They are the future of our industry and if we can sell a unique idea along with their talent, there is no question of the movie not performing well,’ he added.

After wielding the megaphone for iconic films, Bhatt has moved away from direction to pave way for new and budding directors.

‘Every filmmaker has his unique style of directing and as easy as it is for audiences to get accustomed to his style, it is equally easy for them to get weary of it. The industry is evolving and we need fresh and young talent who relate to today’s fast moving times,’ he said.

The 63-year-old feels youngsters bring fresh perspectives and ideas in the style of filmmaking.

‘Youth today has the thirst to sell movies with fresh ideas, technical know-how and they bring their fresh perspectives and ideas. So, we should give newcomers more opportunities,’ he said.

‘As far as I am concerned, I will write only when there is a unique demand. But on the whole, I am handing everything over to the creative director,’ he added.
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