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    Default My hit films marked my decline as a director: Mahesh Bhatt

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    Mahesh Bhatt may have tasted success with films like 'Aashiqui' and 'Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin' in 1990s but the filmmaker believes that these musicals marked his decline as a director.
    Bhatt, 64, started his career 40 years ago with hard-hitting films like 'Arth' and 'Saransh'. They did not do well at the box-office despite getting critical acclaim, forcing him to take up commercial cinema. "Somebody told me once that in Indian cinema only bad people can have sex and good ones can fall in love. So, my films during 70s and 80s were highly criticised for their bold content and used to fail at the box-office," said Bhatt while speaking on the topic of 'Media as Catalyst for Social Change' during the CII Media and Entertainment Summit, 2012.
    "With the onset of satellite television and economy opening up in 1990, I shifted my genre to musicals and they were box-office hits. But, I personally feel films like 'Aashiqui' and 'Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin' marked my deterioration as a director. I lost my those audience who liked my 'Arth' and 'Saransh'," Bhatt said.
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