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Mahesh Bhatt's Woh Lamhe
'Woh Lamhe', Bhatt's final farewell to Parveen Babi
Mumbai, Sep 18 Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is going through a
gamut of emotions as he bids a final good bye to his former
girlfriend Praveen Babi with his upcoming
film "Woh Lamhe".
"I was watching the last scene of 'Woh Lamhe' in my
editing room when it dawned on me why human beings have always
tried to keep their dead alive - we try to keep them alive in
order to keep them with us. 'Woh Lamhe' is my last good bye to
the memories of Parveen Babi. A woman whom I loved and lost."
Bhatt says the streets of Mumbai are littered with memories of
half-lived yesterdays. "Nostalgia is pain. The day Parveen died,
I realised that despite the claims I made to myself, her memory
had not withered within me with the passage of time."
Talking about her illness he said: "Praveen's breakdown is an
old story. But I wonder if anyone could imagine what it is like
to live with a person who is going mad.
"The morning I left Parveen's house before it all began comes
back to haunt me. She was off to her shoot for Prakash Mehra's
film... and she kissed me good-bye. Little did I know that it
was the last time I would see her as the Parveen that I knew.
"How can I ever forget that heartbreaking image of her, when I
walked in to the house that evening, and found Parveen, in make
up and a filmy costume, cowering in a corner, with a knife in
her hand, shivering with fear? .
"She looked like an animal, one
that I had never seen before. 'Close the door Mahesh,' she
whispered. 'They are coming to kill us. Close the door quickly!'
"And with those words ended my days of love and splendour, sin
and passion with Parveen. I was looking into the eyes of madness
and the face of death. Because the
person that I knew had died, and with that our relationship, as
we had known it, died too."
Bhatt says he saw her breaking into little pieces but couldn't
"Parveen's illness was genetic. The chances of her recovery were
slim. It was in those terrible times that I discovered for
myself that it is we who push the so-called 'mentally disturbed'
to commit suicide."
Bhatt insists that psychiatrists merely force people who have
thrown in the towel to fit into the brutal value system.
Bhatt claims director Mohit Suri has brilliantly fictionalised
everything - from Parveen's madness to the psychiatrists'
"Our attempt in this film is not just to make you grieve, but to
leave an indelible memory of the essence of an exceptional woman
who lived in another time and place."
Bhatt says writing and making movies is his way of dealing with
life's darkest hours.
"'Woh Lamhe' has erupted from the deepest part of my being. And
that part of me was triggered suddenly by Parveen's death and
the subsequent discovery of a tape, which my daughter Pooja
found in my first wife's house.
"The tape contained a letter that Parveen had recorded and sent
me, in which she talked about her approaching illness, her
loneliness and her need to get out of the
entertainment business. The silences between her words spoke to
me more eloquently than her words did.
"The only regret I have is that I couldn't see her illness
coming. Looking back, I realise now that there were so many
signs that I just failed to read."
Bhatt said that he once found Parveen missing from her bed at
night and saw her weeping inconsolably under a table lamp. Her
mood changed at dawn when darkness
began to recede from her room, said the director.
"Suddenly, she bathed, dressed herself in a white kurta pyjama,
rolled a small mat on to the carpet and did something I had
never seen her do in my three and a half years with her. She
began her 'namaaz'.
"The sight was mesmerising. Her silhouette against the glow of
the morning sky, her trembling lips reciting the prayers, her
tears of grief metamorphosing into fervent tears of devotion...
still play on the screen of my memory."
He adds that the actress later opened the doors to a traumatic
incident in her life - she had witnessed the Ahmedabad riots,
which deeply affected her.
"I think it was the killings of 1969 that she was referring to
... 'You do not know what it is to lie curled up under a pile of
mattresses, fearing that any moment the mob could stop the
vehicle, pull me out and rape me,' she said in a tone that sent
a shiver down my spine.
Bhatt, however, feels it is not an easy task to pen the
experiences of life.
"When I first started to write and make movies, I felt
everything could be explained. Now I see how untrue it would be
if I claim to have been able to tell you the story of my life
with Parveen Babi.
Life does not end. But films do. We leave the characters of a
movie at the zenith of their lives or in the hours of their
deaths, and there they remain frozen in time.
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