Is Mahesh Bhatt telling Parveen Babi and his love story in an upcoming web series?

While Jio Studios and Vishesh films haven’t specified the names, but a love story between a struggling filmmaker and a top actress in the 70s strongly hints towards the tumultuous relationship Bhatt had with the late Parveen Babi

By Mayur Lookhar

Mahesh Bhatt, Parveen Babi

“My life is an open book,” veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has often stated. Well, it appears now that an open chapter from the life of the filmmaker-producer is set to play out on the web.

Mahesh Bhatt today announced collaborating with Jio Studios for an upcoming web series that is based on the love story between a struggling 70s filmmaker and a top actress of that time.

“A perfect beginning.Happy partnering with @jiostudios on our digital debut!A dramatic webseries based in 70s Bollywood exploring the relationship of a struggling filmmaker & a top actress of that era! The greatest location in the world is the human heart @VisheshFilms @JioCinema,”

The web series is being co-produced by Mahesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films and Jio Studios. No confirmation yet on whether it will stream on Jio’s digital platform Jio Cinema or on another platform.

.Jio Studios later tweeted, “@jiostudios partners with @VisheshFilms and announces its first web series based on a dramatic love story set in 70s Bollywood that explores the highs & lows of the relationship between a married struggling film maker & a top actress of that time @MaheshNBhatt”

While Jio Studios and Vishesh films haven’t specified the names, but a love story between a struggling filmmaker and a top actress in the 70s strongly hints towards the tumultuous relationship Bhatt had with the late Parveen Babi

The former model, actress shone in the 70s and early 80s.  Her personal life, too, was much talked about then, especially her romantic link ups with actors Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongpa and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.  Towards the end of her career, and her life, the actress led  a troubled lonely life. She once had accused world governments, intelligence agencies, and even super star Amitabh Bachchan of trying to kill her.

In the past, Bhatt has spoken about how he decided to end the troubled relationship with Babi. One night, Bhatt and Babi had an argument and then the filmmaker walked out of her house, but the actress, too, followed him stark naked. Bhatt had opened about the relationship with Babi to Filmfare magazine later.

Bhatt had helmed Arth [1982] that was said to be loosely based on his relationship with Babi. Later, the Mohit Suri-directed Woh Lamhe [2006] starring Kangana Ranaut and Shiney Ahuja, too, was said to be based on the same relationship.

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