|Other name(s)||Czar of Horror The Times of India|
|Profession(s)||Film director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Novelist|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper|
|Debut||Direction: Jaanam (1992)
Screenwriting: Dastak (1996)
Acting: Khamoshiyan (2015) as Book Editor
Novel: A Handful of Sunshine (2017)
|Date of Birth||27 January 1969 (Monday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||52 Years|
|School||Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai|
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||• Ameesha Patel (Actress, 1999-2008)
• Sushmita Sen (Miss Universe 1994, Actor, and Model)
• Shwetambari Soni (Founder of the art gallery 'Trinity Art Impact,' 2017-2020)
|Wife/Spouse||• Aditi Bhatt (divorced in 1998)
• Shwetambari Soni (married in September 2020)
|Children||Stepsons- Adiraj Singh and Arhavirr Singh (From Shwetambari Soni's previous marriage)
Daughter- Krishna Bhatt (From his marriage with Aditi Bhatt)
|Parents||Father- Pravin Bhatt
Mother- Varsha Bhatt
|Grandparents||Grandfather- Vijay Bhatt (Film director, Producer, Screenwriter)
Grandmother- Rama Bhatt
Some Lesser Known Facts About Vikram Bhatt
- Vikram Bhatt is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor who is best known for directing the Indian horror film series ‘Raaz’ and film ‘Ghulam’ (1999).
- Born into a family of pioneers of the Indian film industry, Bhatt was inclined towards pursuing a career in filmmaking since childhood.
- He began his career at the age of fourteen as an assistant director. In 1990, he worked as the chief assistant director for the film ‘Agneepath.’
- After his directional debut with the musical romance film ‘Jaanam’ (1992), his following four films did not fare well at the box office. In 1996, he came into the limelight when he directed the psychological thriller film ‘Fareb.’
- Thereafter, he directed the successful films Ghulam (1998), Kasoor (2001), and Awara Paagal Deewana (2002).
- On the sets of the psychological thriller film Dastak (1996), Bhatt’s debut film as a writer, he made acquaintance with Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen, who was the lead actress of the film. Soon after, Bhatt began his extra-marital affair with Sen, which led to Bhatt’s divorce from Aditi Bhatt in 1988. Bhatt and Sen’s relationship was short-lived.
- In 1997, Bhatt and Sen made an appearance in the interview-style talk show ‘Simi Garewal’s show.’ When Simi asked about being in a relationship with Bhatt while he was still married, Sen replied,
The wife and him were not living together, and I cannot go around feeling guilty or make a person feel guilty if he had a bad marriage. I don’t fell guilty because I have done something very openly with a very open conscience. I know that the man was in a divorce when I met him, and I wasn’t going to wait to tell the world that I loved him just because he hadn’t gone through with his divorce yet.”
- In a tell-all interview in 2021, Bhatt revealed that he contemplated suicide after the break-up of his marriage with childhood sweetheart Aditi. In the heartfelt interview, he said,
That was not because of Sushmita. That was because of what I’d done to my life. I had gotten divorced, my film Ghulam was yet to be released, I was only Sushmita Sen’s boyfriend, I was depressed, I missed my daughter like crazy…I had just made a mess of my life.”
- In 2002, he gained popularity for directing the supernatural horror film ‘Raaz’, starring Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea and Malini Sharma. The box office hit film earned the nomination in the category Best Film at the Filmfare Awards (2003). The film also earned Bhatt the Dream Director Award at the Stardust Awards (2003).
A sequel to the film was released in 2009 titled ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues.’
- His career saw a downfall with the flop films Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), and Ankahee (2006).
- In 2008, Bhatt made a comeback with the successful horror film ‘1920.’ He earned immense appreciation for directing the 3D horror film ‘Haunted – 3D’ (2011), which became one of the highest-grossing Hindi horror films earning over Rs. 36 crores at the box office.
- In 2011, a cyst developed in his back due to which he underwent surgery.
- In 2012, a sequel to Bhatt’s film series ‘Raaz’ was released titled ‘Raaz 3.’ The Indian 3D horror thriller film accumulated over Rs. 91 crores at the box office; the film was tagged with the label ‘Super Hit’ by the Box Office India.
- Following his successful career as a director of horror films, Bhatt’s written horror film ‘1920: Evil Returns’ (2012), topped the first-week collection chart at the box office grossing over Rs. 16 crores.
- He is the former creative head of ASA Productions and Enterprises, where he worked until 2014.
- In an interview, while talking about his failed relationships, he said,
I am not a good husband or boyfriend…Relationship demands understanding, compromise and I find myself unable to do that. I find myself suffering from insomnia and sleep barely two to three hours at night. I wake up and then sleep two hours again. A woman really needs to be in love with me, to be with me.”
- Acting credits under his belt include the role of Mr Wadia in the film ‘1921’ (2018), Arjun Vashisht in the web series Zindabaad (2018), and Doctor Singh in the film ‘Ghost’ (2019).
- He directed the 2016 film ‘Love Games,’ featuring scandalous sex lives of the high society, consisting of swinger parties and partner swapping.
- Along with Shwetambari Soni, Amar Thakkar, and his daughter Krishna Bhatt, Vikram became a director of Loneranger Productions Private Limited on 17 June 2016. He was also a designated partner in Dreamscape Entertainment LLP.
- In 2017, Vikram Bhatt ventured into the erotic romance genre when he directed the web series ‘Maaya: Slave of Her Desires,’ which was dubbed as the first Indian fictional work on BDSM. Written by Bhatt, the adult web series caused a stir in Indian showbiz.
He is also the writer of its sequels ‘Maaya 2’ (2018) and ‘Maaya 3’ (2019).
- For the storyline of ‘Raaz 3,’ Vikram drew insights from his previous relationship with Ameesha Patel. The couple made acquaintance during a low phase of their life. The storyline of ‘Raaz 3’ centres around an actress, who is going through a low phase in her career during which she falls in love with a director undergoing similar circumstances.
- In an interview, Bhatt was asked if he had tried BDSM, in response to which, he replied, Hindustan Times
In my younger days, I played a little bit, which everyone does. And I don’t think BDSM is a sexual thing at all. It’s about control and surrender…It’s a relationship of immense trust. You can’t possibly allow yourself to be tied up unless you know the person…that can be very scary.”