Vikram Bhatt (born 27 January 1969 in Bombay) is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and now also an actor. Formerly, he was the creative head of ASA Productions and Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.; however, he has resigned from the company in 2014.
|Relatives||See Bhatt family|
At the age of 14, in 1982, Bhatt started his career with director Mukul Anand in Anand's first film, Kanoon Kya Karega. Bhatt also assisted Mukul Anand as the chief assistant on the sets of Agneepath. This film turned out to be a cult classic, though not very successful at the box office.
Subsequently, Bhatt worked with director Shekhar Kapur for two and a half years and later with director Mahesh Bhatt for two years approximately. He has been an assistant director on the sets of several successful films including Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke and Junoon.
His career as a director began with the film Jaanam, which was produced by Mukesh Bhatt. His first four films did not fare well at the box office; his first successful directorial venture was Fareb. Following this, he had a string of successful films such as Ghulam, Kasoor, Raaz and Awara Paagal Deewana. After Awara Paagal Deewana , he once again entered a phase where his films did not perform well at the box office. However, in the same phase he did deliver moderately successful films like Deewane Huye Paagal and the semi-biopic Ankahee.
In 2008, Bhatt came back with the horror genre and he delivered three films that were successful at the box office; these include 1920. Shaapit and Haunted – 3D. In 2010, Bhatt introduced stereoscopic 3D for the first time in India with his film Haunted – 3D; the film was released in May 2011 and it then set the record of the highest grossing Hindi horror film of all time, making Rs. 270 million at the box office.
In 2012, Bhatt's Raaz 3D recorded domestic box office collection of 729 million after the 3rd weekend and the overseas collection was at 46 million. Riding high with the success, Bhatt is writing another horror-thriller for Bipasha in the central role, with a more shocking image than Raaz 3. Following the success of Raaz 3, Vikram Bhatt's written Hindi horror movie 1920: Evil Returns which has been directed by debutant Bhushan Patel topped the first weekend collection chart at the box office and the approximate collection was Rs 124.3 million nett. The movie further collected approx Rs 37.5 million nett in the second Weekend, taking the total to Rs 228.6 million nett. The film has been declared a 'Hit'. Soon after, Bhatt signed a deal with Bhushan Kumar's T-Series to produce 5 films of sci-fi, thriller and horror genre. Two of the films will be directed by Bhatt himself.
In early 2013, Bhatt announced his upcoming projects, Creature 3D, India's First 3D Monster Movie with Bipasha Basu in the lead role and 1920 London, third in the 1920 series. Vikram Bhatt will mark his foray into Marathi cinema with 'Ek Doosrey Ke Liye', which will be directed by Ashwini Kumar Patil.
Starting from 16 February 2014, he would be seen hosting the TV Show Ishq Kills based on Real Life Romances on Star Plus.
Bhatt's movies, 1920: Evil Returns's social media promotion campaign was studied by Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. The management institute assessed Internet activities and campaigns; the team finally establish the connection between box office collections and promotions on social media. This case study is published by Harvard Business Publishing and is being used by students in the US, Canada, Norway, Slovenia and Sri Lanka.
Bhatt was married to his childhood sweetheart, Aditi Bhatt, and they have a daughter, Krishna Bhatt. Later, Bhatt was reportedly dating Ameesha Patel for five years. Bhatt shares a great bond with his daughter and she has been assisting him on his sets.
|1992||Jaanam||Inspired by Bobby|
|1996||Fareb||Based on Unlawful Entry|
|1998||Ghulam||Based on On the Waterfront and Kabzaa|
|2001||Kasoor||Based on Jagged Edge|
Also rendered his voice for Aftab Shivdasani
|2002||Raaz||Based on What Lies Beneath|
|2002||Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage|
|2002||Awara Paagal Deewana||Based on The Whole Nine Yards|
|2003||Inteha||Based on Fear|
|2003||Footpath||Based on State of Grace|
|2004||Aetbaar||Based on Fear|
|2005||Jurm||Based on Double Jeopardy|
|2005||Deewane Huye Pagal||Based on There's Something About Mary|
|2007||Red: The Dark Side|
|2007||Speed||Based on Cellular|
|2007||Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee|
|2008||1920||Inspired by The Exorcist|
|2011||Haunted – 3D|
- Muthirai (2009)
- 1920 (2008)
- Three- Love, Lies and Betrayal (2009)
- Lanka (2011)
- Hate Story (2012)
- 1920: Evil Returns (2012)
- Dangerous Ishq (2012)
Awards and nominations
- Gupta, Priya (8 September 2012). "Ameesha and I never loved each other: Vikram Bhatt". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- "Reliance upset with ASA Entertainment over 1920 London". Bollywood Hungama. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- "Romancing The Reel". Tehelka. 21 February 2008. Archived from the original on 4 December 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- "Vikram Bhatt now turns producer too" Archived 5 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine Indian Cinema News, by Subhash K. Jha, 21 May 2007.
- "Haunted 3D: 10 Things You Didn't Know About The Movie". KoiMoi.com. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- Jha, Subhash (19 September 2012). "Vikram Bhatt, Bipasha Basu team up again for next film". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- Shekhar (5 November 2011). "1920 – Evil Returns, LSTCK weekend collection at Box Office". OneIndia Entertainment. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Midweek: '1920 – Evil Returns' & 'Student Of The Year' dominate". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- Press Trust of India (22 November 2012). "Vikram Bhatt, Bhushan Kumar sign 5-film deal". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- Glamsham Editorial (10 January 2013). "Bipasha Basu in Vikram Bhatt's next CREATURE". Glamsham.com. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- "Prachi Desai to play princess in Vikram Bhatt's next '1920'". The Indian Express. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- "Vikram Bhatt to host TV Show Ishq Kills on Star Plus". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "1920 Evil Returns - Bollywood and Social Media Marketing". Harvard Business Publishing. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
- "IIM-B scripts case on digital promos of Bollywood film". The Hindu Business Line. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
- "IIMB CASE STUDY ON A BOLLYWOOD FILM FINDS ITS WAY TO HARVARD BUSINESS PUBLISHING". IIM Bangalore. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
- "Vikram Bhatt thrilled as scripts for 'Khamoshiyan', '1920 - Evil Returns' turn into novels". IBN Live. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
- Gupta, Priya (3 September 2012). "Vikram Bhatt's holiday with wife and daughter". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- "THE MOST HEARTWARMING FATHER-DAUGHTER STORY FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!". TheFilmStreetJournal. February 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2014.