Friday, March 9, 2007

Mahesh Bhatt

The Mahesh Bhatt Chat

We had two Bombay-born celebrities from the movies within twelve hours of each other. Mahesh Bhatt, Bollywood's enfant terrible, on Thursday, January 9, and Hollywood legend Ismail Merchant on the morning of January 10.
The Chats were a study in contrasts -- Mahesh was true to his image: efferverscent, voluble, and full of Bhattian observations; Ismail, strangely, was subdued, nothing quite like his billing of charming bon vivant. Perhaps we caught him on a bad day.

Don't miss the transcripts.
jj (Thu Jan 9 19:23:08 1997 IST):

hello



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Nikhil Lakshman: (Thu Jan 9 19:54:56 1997 IST):
Hi, Mahesh. Great to have you with us in the Rediff office. I hope you enjoy this experience!



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 19:56:38 1997 IST):
Hi Mr Bhatt... what's with your luck of late.. seems to be running out. your films are flopping. losing your touch?



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James Donald Topno (Thu Jan 9 19:57:28 1997 IST):
Is Mahesh Bhatt in?



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killer (Thu Jan 9 19:58:21 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhatt, Hai, its nice to have you with us.



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:00:30 1997 IST):
Hi Is the world different wherever you are?



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James Donald Topno (Thu Jan 9 20:00:49 1997 IST):
Whatever happened to the Mahesh Bhatt touch? When I left India, you were one of the best directors around. Now, I hear every film of you has bombed, and what is worse, there is nothing unusual about the stories.



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:01:09 1997 IST):
Not really. How's it at your end?



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Ashok Ramanathan (Thu Jan 9 20:01:53 1997 IST):
Mahesh, Hi! I believe your early films did well because they came out of your gut, out of experience.



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Ashok Ramanathan (Thu Jan 9 20:02:34 1997 IST):
Your later films no longer have that authenticity. How come? Sold out to Mammon?



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:02:39 1997 IST):
Yeah, what happened to the guy who made all those wonderful films like Saaransh and Kaash and my favourties - Dil Hai... and Hum Hain Raahi... Where did he get lost?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:02:49 1997 IST):
Hi Is the world different wherever you are?



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killer (Thu Jan 9 20:03:07 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhat, What are your future plans?. We are planning a commercial for our product. Its Denim Wear. will you be interested in doing it?



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Govind Kulkarni (Thu Jan 9 20:04:22 1997 IST):
Why are you so pretentious? You remind me of Sharmila Tagore in the sixties. Lugging Sartre to the sets. Have you always been so pretentious?



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:04:24 1997 IST):
Don't tell me the man who had the gift of the gab doesn't know what to say anymore!



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Govind Kulkarni (Thu Jan 9 20:05:35 1997 IST):
What is the latest on the Tamanna controversy?



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 20:05:42 1997 IST):
Hi Mr Bhatt... what's with your luck of late.. seems to be running out. your films are flopping. losing your touch?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:05:51 1997 IST):
Snap: A long and productive career in the world of films is bound to be checkered with success and failures , you cannot have one without the other , the only way not to make a flop is not to make a film . Do you know how the Japs define courage ---" Fall down ten times, get up eleven time"....C'mon gimme a hand! I thought the audience was more forgiving than the critics.



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:07:13 1997 IST):
They are, but then, they don't like being taken for a ride either. And that, Mr Bhatt, is the impression you are giving them.



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James Donald Topno (Thu Jan 9 20:07:25 1997 IST):
How can we forgive someone who gave us Arth and Saransh, and then produced all those lousy films? Have you lost your motivation to make good films on the way? Is making money your only prerogative now?



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 20:08:10 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt.. of course they are, but when you make films like Saaransh and Arth.. and then something like Chaahat or Papa Kehte hai.. what do you expect us to do but be upset..



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killer (Thu Jan 9 20:08:17 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhat, Pls tell me are you interested in doing a commercial for Fashion Product. Pls reply



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:08:34 1997 IST):
Govind: I would rather be stupid than pretend to be intelligent . In any case whatever you think you think about me is only through those words that are written about me in the film magazines . If they have given you the reason to arrive at this opinion its your privilige .



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dharma (Thu Jan 9 20:08:52 1997 IST):
why dont you make a movie with kamal hassan in the lead with poojabhatt in adiffrent subject for which kamal may help you



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Ashok Ramanathan (Thu Jan 9 20:08:53 1997 IST):
Mahesh, Hi! I believe your early films did well because they came out of your gut, out of experience. Your later films no longer have that authenticity. How come? Sold out to Mammon?



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pooja (Thu Jan 9 20:09:25 1997 IST):
OUt of all the newcomers whom do you think has the greatest potential to makit it in the fim world?



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pooja (Thu Jan 9 20:09:37 1997 IST):
OUt of all the newcomers whom do you think has the greatest potential to makit it in the film world?



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:09:43 1997 IST):
Many of your films were 'inspired' - like Hum Hain... for instance. But they were good fun. None of your recent films, your attempts to copy other successful films, have been any good. Is this what we are to expect of you in the future too?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:10:07 1997 IST):
Killer: Yes of couse , pay me lots of money in any foriegn currency. And I'll be there*singing* Whats good of being famous if you cannot convert that fame into money.



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dharma (Thu Jan 9 20:10:30 1997 IST):
why dont you make a movie with kamal hassan in the lead with poojabhatt in adiffrent subject for which kamal may help you,did you ever considered this optio



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Govind Kulkarni (Thu Jan 9 20:11:30 1997 IST):
Hey, Mahesh, don't be so prickly! It amazes me that Bollywood has regressed into an infantile, almost cretinous mode, instead of evolving into something superior, with themes that are commercial, yet refines. Alas! that is not happening. As an insider, could you let us know why?



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:11:54 1997 IST):
Which kind of brings us to the moot point? Is Tammana going to be your swan song?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:11:59 1997 IST):
Tanisha: The future will be a modified continuity of the past. My advice to you make sure you hear how the film is before you go see it.



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killer (Thu Jan 9 20:12:47 1997 IST):
Yes Mr. Bhat when I offered you a commercial certainly I intend to pay you but not in F currency. Why not our Indian Currency?



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 20:13:09 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt.. do we expect such mediocre stuff from in future or there is a chance that you might make films like you did before?



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Ashok Ramanathan (Thu Jan 9 20:13:20 1997 IST):
Whenever your impulses have been autobiographical, your cinema has been sensational. Why did you drift? How much of you is there in films like Chahat?



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dharma (Thu Jan 9 20:13:42 1997 IST):
why did you try to project pooja



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taxman.. (Thu Jan 9 20:14:03 1997 IST):
Hi Mahesh. It was fun rading your house. Why did you guys hide in the bedroom and jumped outta the window later on? For someone who comes across as a fearless character it was quite disappointing. Wanna say somethin about it buddy??



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James Donald Topno (Thu Jan 9 20:14:18 1997 IST):
How can we forgive someone who gave us Arth and Saransh, and then produced all those lousy films? Have you lost your motivation to make good films on the way? Is making money your only prerogative now?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:14:52 1997 IST):
Tanisha: No certainly not. Shirin will. I hope to make this film by early 1998.

Govind: The question could be simpler could you kindly reframe it.

Dharma: Sorry, I'm not a great Kamal fan. I do not have the talent nor the inclination nor the time to prove a point to myself or to anybody out there.



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Ashok Ramanathan (Thu Jan 9 20:15:30 1997 IST):
As someone who has had several relationships, do you still subscribe to the insitution of marriage and monogamy?



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:17:13 1997 IST):
Tell us more! What's Shirn going to be about? And what are you planning to do after that? I don't exactly see you sitting at home and twiddling your thumbs!



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Govind Kulkarni (Thu Jan 9 20:17:20 1997 IST):
What I asked was: It amazes me that Bollywood has regressed into an infantile, almost cretinous mode, instead of evolving into something superior, with themes that are commercial, yet refined. Alas! that is not happening. As an insider, could you let us know why? What I want to know is why do we make such, excuse the language, make such shitty films?



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pooja (Thu Jan 9 20:17:51 1997 IST):
Can you tell sometyhing more about Shirin, like soem idea of the plot?



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James Donald Topno (Thu Jan 9 20:18:17 1997 IST):
Who are the most interesting performers you have worked with in the recent past and why?



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dharma (Thu Jan 9 20:18:18 1997 IST):
why dont you make a movie with kamal hassan in the lead with poojabhatt in adiffrent subject for which kamal may help you,did you ever considered this optio



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:20:19 1997 IST):
Who are the actors/technicians in India you would like to work with? Who are the people (Indian) who would form part of your ideal team for making films?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:20:32 1997 IST):
James Donald Topno: Money is the stuff of life ..by the way once upon a time I would unashamedly say I want your money not your praise . Today I don't even want that.

Killer: Okay how much. Call my secretary. Tel no : 9820055770

Ashok: Who the hell told you all movies that we make are great love affairs , most of them my dear are one night stands.

Dharma: Why not ?? She is my daughter she is intelligent , and she is pretty . Aren't fathers supposed to help their kids ?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:22:27 1997 IST):
Tanisha: Naseerudin Shah, Tanuja Chandra, Shabana Azmi , Satyadev Dubey , Paresh Rawal, Anupam Kher and Shah Rukh Khan. And all the technicans I'm currently working with. And produced by Pooja Bhatt Of course.





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Govind Kulkarni (Thu Jan 9 20:23:04 1997 IST):
I know you are good at oneliners, but seriously, why are Hindi films in such a crass bind? Why can't they evolve into something more refined? Why must Mahesh Bhatt make a Chahat or a Gentleman instead of a Dil Hain Ke Maanta Hain... ean



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 20:23:36 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt.. what are you going to do after Shirin? will you be quitting films for good and do something else?



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:23:56 1997 IST):
Pretty neat! But what about your scriptwriter? Or are you going to write the script yourself?



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killer (Thu Jan 9 20:24:21 1997 IST):
Yes Mr. Bhat, I like that. I certainly will call your secretary to confirm the appointment. Thanks & Bye



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:24:21 1997 IST):
Pooja: You'll hear about Shirin in my future interview at the moment I can only say that it is based on my memories of my mother. The film deals with a ten year old boy waking up to some harsh painful truths of life .



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 20:24:35 1997 IST):
Hello, is everyone still there? I'm writing from Washington DC. Is Mr. Bhatt on right now? If you are could you please tell me why you aren't accepting people for 1997 at FTII



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:24:44 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt, I think you missed my last question so I'm posting it again.

Tell us more! What's Shirn going to be about? And what are you planning to do after that? I don't exactly see you sitting at home and twiddling your thumbs!



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 20:26:15 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt.. why do all your films have this boy who is suffering and who is out for revenge? I am sure you can be original...



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 20:27:14 1997 IST):
Hello Pooja, Just to let you know that you indeed are a very talented actor. So tell me, up to what percentage of truth is there in these movie magazines?



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hello (Thu Jan 9 20:27:48 1997 IST):
hello Mr. Bhatt< How is it working with Sunjay Dutt?



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pooja (Thu Jan 9 20:28:42 1997 IST):
Great!! Sounds like finally we will have a Bhatt comeback ! Has the cast for the film been finalised yet.



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 20:29:21 1997 IST):
Sorry I'm late! Hello out there! So how's it feel to be on the Net?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:29:38 1997 IST):
Tanisha: The script will be written by Tanuja Chandra , she has recently written Tamanna for me .

Snap: I writing a book called Burn Out. It deals with my memories of the show business . And I'll also continue to be actively involved with my company Plus Channel.

Govind: I promise you that every film maker tries his best to entertain and not punish his audience . It is unfortunate that he often fails believe me my intentions were to entertain you even in all those films that you have detested .Sorry, I'm only human.



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 20:30:36 1997 IST):
MR> BHATT< What is going on at FTII? Why are younot accepting applications for 1997? Feroz Khan's nephew, Imran, a friend of mine visited the institute and said admissions were closed. I've also been in contact with the cinematographer Ashok Kumar who is on your academic council. It is confirmed, but why? Does it have anyting to do wiht the fact that your students are 'disruptive'?



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 20:31:21 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt.. why is the fire missing? you are really playing it safe... or is it because we are not journalists..



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pooja (Thu Jan 9 20:31:23 1997 IST):
Zaza, there is not only one pooja in this world!! Maybe just one pooja who is a nice actress, though I too am from the vicinity of Washington DC.



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 20:31:50 1997 IST):
Say , how come you keep promoting Pooja...how about doing the same for Soni? I'm sure she is quite capable of stellar roles



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hello (Thu Jan 9 20:32:53 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt had shown such potential in her earlier movies, why has she regressed instead of growing like her contemporaries?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:33:27 1997 IST):
Tina: I feel vulnerable & exposed. I guess I asked for it , occupational hazards I guess.

Pooja: No , but most of them would be newcomers . I love working with newcomers.

Hello: Sanjay is a freind. We've had our major hits together . Naam and Sadak, I'm wortking once again with him on Kartoos, I love working with Sanju. He's a darling.





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Bhagwan (Thu Jan 9 20:34:28 1997 IST):
Mahesh: The success of Bollywood and its cousin in Madras threatens to devour the regional movie centres. For example, the Bengal movie industry is a pale shadow of its former self. Does this bother you? What can be done to revive the regional movie centres?



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 20:34:49 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt ,I thought you had a lot of gumption and get up and go....you seem to be under the weather just now...what's wrong?



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siva (Thu Jan 9 20:36:10 1997 IST):
hello all & Mr. Bhatt.



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 20:37:14 1997 IST):
Is it true that the Indian population is slowly beginning to push away the third rate standard of Hindi movies and instead demanding some quality? Y'know, Mr. Bhatt you have the potential to transform the industry, the scripts, the poor acting and the storylines. WHy don't you takeit upon yourself to change India's pathetic, fairytale image it has of itself? OR are you waiting for ABCL to do the job?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:37:15 1997 IST):
Tina: (laughing) Thank you for your suggestion tonight when I mention this to Soni she will be mighty pleased.

Snap: No matter what I do you will have something to say , you'll only be happy when you hear what you want to hear. Sorry for dissapointing you have you ever heard of an extinct volcano.



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siva (Thu Jan 9 20:37:56 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhatt , what happened to Dastak?? Why is it that newcomers always start with flops??



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hello (Thu Jan 9 20:38:09 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhatt: Will you be directing Pooja in substantial roles in the future? I am looking forward to Tamanna, should be nice welcome from the fluffy roles she's been seen in the recent past.



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 20:38:34 1997 IST):
How does one get in touch with Soni?



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Karlton (Thu Jan 9 20:39:25 1997 IST):
My first time here - I just came across it accidentally. Have I missed much ?



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pooja (Thu Jan 9 20:39:53 1997 IST):
thanks a lot for answering my questions. Gotta leave. Good luck and keep bringing us good films and we'll stay your true fans!!



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:39:59 1997 IST):
Zaza: The Indian cinema does not require me or any other self proclaimed genius to steer it to exalted heights. In any case who has given me the mandate . I'm just a entertainer , I'll sing my song and go. I don't give a tinkers damn for posterity. Oblivion is my lot and yours too buddy. Got it !



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 20:40:05 1997 IST):
Mr bhatt.. certainly, only feels kind of sad that you have to say that... we did expect fireworks..



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:40:16 1997 IST):
Which of the films you made is closest to your heart? Why? And if there is one film you made which, in retrospect, you would like to make differently, which would that film be and again, why?



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 20:40:46 1997 IST):
I'm outta here, this chat line takes way too long and it seems to be more of a 'piss on or praise the artist' kind of thing. See ya'll. Maybe at sometime later this year Mr. Bhatt will answer the quesitons asked.



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Karlton (Thu Jan 9 20:42:51 1997 IST):
Yawn ... ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz ......



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 20:43:14 1997 IST):
Which part of movie -making do you find most exacting? Getting started, I mean.



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:44:49 1997 IST):
Tina: I'll give you her number 022- 6208331 (Bombay) .

HELLO ARE ALL YOUR QUESTIONS BASED ON WHAT YOU READ IN THE FILM MAGAZINES ? IF SO LET ME ASSURE YOUR SOURCE IS CONTAMINATED . WE FILM PEOPLE DO STUPID THINGS TO MAKE A LIVING BUT WE AREN'T THAAAAAAAAAT STUPID ITS 8:45 IN THE NIGHT HERE IN INDIA CAN WE HAVE A BREAK FROM MOVIES ? PLEASE I'M BORED , NOT ONE SINGLE QUESTION THAT HAS BEEN POSED TO ME IS NEW ..........AND YOU TALK ABOUT MY HACKNEYED STORYLINES...........LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING .....HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT U G KRISHNAMURTHY AND ME ?



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hello (Thu Jan 9 20:45:01 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhatt: What contributed to the gripping intensity of Naam? Was it the real life bond between the two actors or do you feel it was something else?



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 20:47:12 1997 IST):
Do you involve yourself with the other departments of film making. In what way and how much ?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:47:14 1997 IST):
Snap: I beg your pardon I refuse to be caged by the expectations of the world . This is my life and I'm gonna live it on my terms . Period. Fullstop. Period......(do you feel the fire now? The volcano is not extinct but it chooses to be dormant.) Got it?



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 20:47:43 1997 IST):
You don't have to be rude. All I am trying to say is that maybe we shouldn't leave the rest of the world staring and laughing at the quality of our movies. You've done good stuff, so why do you keep going back and forth between what really gives you a kick and what really keeps your wallet packed? If you don't give a tinker's damn then why does it give you an absolute high when you make a movie that could go down in the history of 'the rise of the Indian Film Industry'? So let's leave that behind BUDDY, and instead why don't you tell me about FTII or is that a topic you don't feel like answering questions on? You can say No, and I won't feel offended and you can say it nicely and then maybe I'll go watch your next movie.



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:48:31 1997 IST):
Hello: The real bond between the two actors was the heart beat of Naam , it is that and only that which made it different from all the other brother stories.



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 20:49:38 1997 IST):
yup Mr Bhatt.. and thank God for that!



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siva (Thu Jan 9 20:50:16 1997 IST):
OK then ...no movies.... Have you been raided by the CBI? :)



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hello (Thu Jan 9 20:50:31 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt: here's your chance do some preaching, What had U.G. Krisnamurty meant to your life?



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hello (Thu Jan 9 20:50:52 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt: here's your chance do some preaching, What has U.G. Krisnamurty meant to your life?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:51:20 1997 IST):
Zaza: (Nicely) NO..............please go and see my next picture. Don't you know that we film makers are appluase junkies.



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hello (Thu Jan 9 20:52:32 1997 IST):
Actually I'd prefer hearing about Rajneesh, sorry Osho.



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 20:53:09 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhatt, I agree with you. O think if everyone wants to know about Mr. Bhatt's movies, read the magazines or exercise some patience and wait for the damn movie to come out. MR. BHATT: You seem to have led an amazingly turbulent life. I have too in my own way, except that I haven't been publicized at least not on the cover of a magazine. It's funny but I have no greater desire than to one day produce and direct my own. Do you think that the similar dreams would have to do with the fact that our lives have so much to say? I have found that to be my own explanation.



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hello (Thu Jan 9 20:53:34 1997 IST):
great question siva!



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 20:54:33 1997 IST):
Hello: Everything I say , think and feel is based on the insights I've painfully arrived at during the course of my various dicussions and battles with him. I've never kidded myself that I had any greatness of my own , the courage that you see coursing thorough my conversations is because of that man called UG . He is the most subversive man who has ever walked on this planet earth.



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 20:54:50 1997 IST):
Tell me Mr Bhatt.. I am a average looker and have no experience in acting. still I would love to act in a film directed by you.. would give me a chance? :-)



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hello (Thu Jan 9 20:57:04 1997 IST):
Zaza, but real movie buffs need to know about the behind the scenes dynamics as well, what the director was aiming for etc., I don't think you get that from the movie magazines.



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 20:57:56 1997 IST):
Don't worry Mr. Bhatt, I will see your movies. I may talk but the truth of the matter is that I am just like every other gullible Indian dying to live on a dream. Movies provide that, however annoyingly!! YOu're a good man, and you shouldn't let commercial prosperity blind your gift as an artist.



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 21:00:40 1997 IST):
What advice would you give newcomers?In the field of Direction....Acting...etc? Personally I like your Educational TV Programmes best of all....the research is great. Keep up the good work.



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:01:03 1997 IST):
Siva: No not the CBI the Income tax, dear. Do you know they found more books in my house than money .

Zaza: It is not enough to have experienced pain it is how you convert that pain into a meaningful cinematic experience for the viewer and connect somehow with all those who are reeling under a similar experience that makes you a 'significant' film maker. Keep dreaming one day you maybe able to turn this dream into a movie . Who knows.

Hello: I 'divorced' Rajneesh when I threw his mala down my comode in the year 1978 . That my ended my relationship with the holy business . UG is not a godman . He's just a regular guy who has a world view which will shatter you.



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:02:49 1997 IST):
hello...



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:03:14 1997 IST):
Snap: If you have any talent come to me. Who says looks are pre requisite to be an actor. Hear of an acvtor called Amitabh Bachachan. If you have the talent and the drive come to me.



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SmrtO (Thu Jan 9 21:04:37 1997 IST):
Mahesh: Your father was hindu & your mother was muslim, who chose your religion - mother ? father? Did you ever get time to think what you should be?



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:04:43 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhatt: I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to witness you conversations. So what is your mantra for daily life?



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 21:05:03 1997 IST):
TO THE PERSON ADDRESSED AS 'HELLO' Maybe you're right. You want to know about the insides of the movie. But I doubt Mr. Bhatt can show you what he wanted from the movie on the Net. I think maybe the best way to understand a movie and see what was behind the scenes in the thoughtstreams is by watching it. Don't expect an Oscar for every detail behind, instead watch it for what it seems to convey. None of us are oblivious to the intellectual capacity of Mr. Bhatt. His movies are psychological and analyse the innate pleasures and pains of humanity. It's simple - love, hate, desire, ambition and lust. What more is there?



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 21:05:22 1997 IST):
Say how does one get to you....if I have the talent....etc. Won't your 'security system' keep me out?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:07:48 1997 IST):
Hello: Keep going(chanting)

SmrtO: You'll get your answer in my film Shirin and I hopefully will get an answer myself as well. Thank you for the question.



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 21:09:22 1997 IST):
Thank You Mr Bhatt.. It was very nice talking to you...



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:10:01 1997 IST):
Whoa what happened ..... Is there anybody out there.



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SmrtO (Thu Jan 9 21:10:19 1997 IST):
Mahesh: Do you have courage to admit that you pushed Parveen Babi over the edge?



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:11:33 1997 IST):
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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:11:43 1997 IST):
Actually I'd noticed your webpage a while back, I'll have to go back and check it out carefully. Par maaf kijiyega, ek movie question: Why haven't you worked with Madhuri Dixit, I think the great acting skills she displayed in Anjaam and Sangeet, and your directorial intensity and competence would be an extraorddinary combination.



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:12:35 1997 IST):
Actually I'd noticed your webpage a while back, I'll have to go back and check it out carefully. Par maaf kijiyega, ek movie question: Why haven't you worked with Madhuri Dixit? I think the great acting skills she displayed in Anjaam and Sangeet, and your directorial intensity and competence would be an extraordinary combination!



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 21:13:32 1997 IST):
I am sure, Mr. Bhatt, that holding on to a dream is hardly the reason you are a director today. To be in show business, you need to be a businessman and that takes the dream away, because you have to be the godman himself if you are able to balance both. To be a director is not really my dream as much as it is my ambition - and has been for more years than I can remember. It's my field and I am bloody good - at directing and at acting. I have my share of achievements. My only questions left to be answered is on whose turf do I play my game? I'm in the US right now... so do I want to be a big fish in a small pond or vice versa? But then I have social obligations too. You know the story, tradition is far from about to accept a successful woman in movies - at least 'not in my backyard'



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:13:35 1997 IST):
SmrtO: I could have been the catalyst not the reason. Recent studies in psychobiology clearly unmistakably say that mental illness is genetic. Parveen had inherited this trait from her father.



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:15:07 1997 IST):
Mahesh: How were you as a child? I mean did you pursue anything close to your career? What are some of the things/peolple that inspired you?



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 21:16:12 1997 IST):
Hellooooooooo out there! Is Mr Bhatt there? Why's it taking so long to get an answer? Don't you like us ?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:16:15 1997 IST):
Hello: Shhhhhhhhhhhh a movie is in the offing. She could be paired with the BIg B just keep your fingers crossed. Hope it works out.



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 21:16:17 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt.. how do you choose your actors who act in your films? there are quite a few you have not worked with.. like Madhuri Dixit for instance..



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SmrtO (Thu Jan 9 21:16:23 1997 IST):
Mahesh: Why do you shy away from a solid story and rely almost solely on screenplay? Dont you risk a flop with Indian viewers not used to screenplay based movies?



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 21:18:18 1997 IST):
Keeping fingersXXXXXXXXXd ! But nothing's happening! What gives?



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SmrtO (Thu Jan 9 21:18:44 1997 IST):
Mahesh: Thanks for the answers. Wish good health. I got to go to my job.



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 21:19:17 1997 IST):
I think it's amazing that people can devote themselves so easily to one thought that it can drive them 'insane'. But from what I understand she's quite happy now living somewhere around here as an interior designer. At least we should give er credit for having pulled her life together.



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:19:58 1997 IST):
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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:20:36 1997 IST):
Clion: I was an average middle class guy out to make a living , self expression creativity etc were jargons I picked up when I ran into the saviours of the Indian cinema . Its a miracle how I stayed afloat in this business. Pure animal energy I guess.



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Zaza* (Thu Jan 9 21:21:22 1997 IST):
bye everybody and Mr. Bhatt, I gotta go feed my cat



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:21:38 1997 IST):
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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:22:06 1997 IST):
Great News Mr. Bhatt! hope the talks work out! What is the movie you are concentrating on right now, do you have to go to a shooting tomorrow? What's the movie?



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Satish (Thu Jan 9 21:22:23 1997 IST):
Why is there so many remakes of westerns films from you?



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daddy (Thu Jan 9 21:22:30 1997 IST):
hi! is the rediff chat really working? Mahesh: Which of your films U like most? Why?



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:24:48 1997 IST):
daddy: daddy of course!;)



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mog! (Thu Jan 9 21:25:45 1997 IST):
hey clion old pal...are you still goingto win something at Cannes? Mr. Bhatt, are you in the run ever for anything at Cannes? I think you shud meet clion....yo?



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 21:25:58 1997 IST):
You seem to have hidden your real light under a bushel, so it is no wonder that we only know what we get to read...... though I hardly ever read filmy stuff in the mags and rags..... I have seen what it has done to really loving lovely people who were part of 'filmy' families..... So how can we get to know about you? Every man's work, is a portrait of himself...so, that's all you've allowed us to see. So, will the real Mahesh Bhatt, please stand up?



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:26:02 1997 IST):
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daddy (Thu Jan 9 21:27:05 1997 IST):
Mahesh: Is it true, what Shah Rukh says that most of your films are now directed by your assistants! And hence they flop? Like: Chaahat! Paapa Kahte hain! That's why he has rejected your fresh offer? Without even listening to the script!



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Satish (Thu Jan 9 21:27:09 1997 IST):
Is Tamanna still in trouble (story rights)?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:28:56 1997 IST):
Satish: Cuase I'm not an original . BTW do you know what originality means? Conceal the source and your original.

Daddy: The ones that flopped. Everybody is there to appluad the ones that worked . Somebody has to own up the ones that didn't . For a film maker a flop film is like a child they give birth to which takes few steps and falls and dies. Who else but the parent will bury it?



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:29:44 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhatt: Any inclination towards acting?



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:31:23 1997 IST):
Anybody interested talking to me on any other subject apart from films??



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daddy (Thu Jan 9 21:31:46 1997 IST):
Mahesh: R U there?



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:31:52 1997 IST):
daddy: daddy of course!;)



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mog! (Thu Jan 9 21:32:04 1997 IST):
Mr. Bhatt : There is this lady here who knew you in Bombay way back in like 1980...Arth days...she says you are gay. Is that true? In anycase what do you think about being gay? Would you give that a go to, since you've done everyother human emotion on screen so far...how about lesbians??



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 21:32:26 1997 IST):
yes.. will spiritualism do?



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Tanisha (Thu Jan 9 21:33:23 1997 IST):
What do you think about the Indian Cricket team?



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:33:54 1997 IST):
What would you like to talk about other than UG Krisnamurty? Is Prime Minister Deve Gowda gonna last?...



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daddy (Thu Jan 9 21:33:54 1997 IST):
How about discussing U. G Krishnamurthy?



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:34:05 1997 IST):
Mahesh: Have you made your "ideal" script/movie, yet? Do you have any plans to make a different genre than the ones you are doing right now?



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 21:35:02 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt.. is there life after death?



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mog! (Thu Jan 9 21:35:46 1997 IST):
OK, we won't talk about your films. Talk about your cars, your pets, your neighbour's wife, whatever turns you on. We'll take it from there. How about the sabzi-walee? How about the dabbe walaa? Does he turn you on? yum-yum....



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Frank Norohna (Thu Jan 9 21:36:02 1997 IST):
Hi Mahesh ! Long time no see!



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:36:30 1997 IST):
MOG: Human sexuality has never shocked me . What two individuals do, how they do it, with who they do it, is their affair. Its a matter between two consenting adults. Well if you want an honest confession from me , anything human doesn't shock me any more and just about anything is human to me. But I'm not gay.



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daddy (Thu Jan 9 21:36:35 1997 IST):
?



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 21:36:57 1997 IST):
Who's the REAL you?......... What make s you tick? .....What is your favourite type of food? ...Ever think of getting onto the political bandwagon?.....Do you play real games....not the type people play!? Do you have an e-mail address? let's have it



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:38:12 1997 IST):
hee hee mog, ROTFL



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daddy (Thu Jan 9 21:38:21 1997 IST):




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mog! (Thu Jan 9 21:38:27 1997 IST):
.../



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:39:13 1997 IST):
Mahesh: Sure I'll talk to you about stuff other than films.....what do you have in mind??????



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Frank Norohna (Thu Jan 9 21:40:13 1997 IST):
A young woman walks into a doctor's office complaining about a rash on her chest. Upon examination, the doctor discovers the rash is in the shape of a 'Y'. The doctor asks the woman if she can think of anything which might explain it. "Well," the woman replies, "it could be my boyfriend. You see, he goes to Yale and when we have sex he insists on wearing his letter sweater." The doctor tells the woman to make her boyfriend take off the sweater before they have sex. Later that same day another woman comes in with a rash on her chest, this one in the shape of an 'H'. When questioned, the woman explains that her boyfriend goes to Harvard and insists on wearing his letter sweater when they have sex. The doctor gives the second woman the same advice as the first and sends he on her way. Later yet another woman comes into the office with a rash in the shape of an 'M'. Before the woman can explain, the doctor exclaims, "I bet your boyfriend goes to Michigan!" A smile breaks across the woman's face as she exclaims, "No! My girlfriend goes to Wesleyan!"



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Frank Norohna (Thu Jan 9 21:41:03 1997 IST):
Everybody who has a dog calls him "Rover" or "Roy." I call mine "Sex." He's a great pal but he has caused me a great deal of embarrassment. When I went to the city hall to renew his dog license, I told the clerk I would like a license for Sex. He said, "I'd like one too." Then I said, "But this is a dog." He said he didn't care what she looked like. Then I said, "You don't understand, I've had Sex since I was 9 years old." He winked and said, "You must have been quite a kid." When I got married and went on my honeymoon, I took the dog with me. I told the motel clerk that I wanted a room for my wife and me and a special room for Sex. He said, "You don't need a special room. As long as you pay your bill we don't care what you do." I said, "Look, you don't seem to understand, Sex keeps me awake at night." The clerk said, "Funny--I have the same problem." One day I entered Sex in a contest, but before the competition began the dog ran away. Another contestant asked me why I was just standing there, looking disappointed. I told him I had planned to have Sex in the contest. He told me I should have sold my own tickets. "But you don't understand," I said, "I had hoped to have Sex on TV." He said, "Now that cable is all over the place it's no big deal anymore." When my wife and I separated, we went to court to fight for custody of the dog. I said, "Your honor, I had Sex before I was married." The judge said, "The courtroom isn't a confessional. Stick to the case, please." Then I told him that after I was married, Sex left me. He said, "Me, too." Last night Sex ran off again. I spent hours looking around town for him. A cop came over to me and asked, "What are you doing in this alley at 4 o'clock in the morning?" I told him that I was looking for Sex. My case comes up Friday.



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:41:28 1997 IST):
Hi Frank, hows the world treating you, hows your head? Everything okay up there? take care. Lots of love to the family.

Snap: If you believe there is life after death it is there if you don't it isn't. But if you ask me do roses reicarnate? My answer is NO! Whats so special about you and me ?

Clion: Please go here for more on UG : http://www.well.com/user/jct/consc.html

Hello: Your guess is as good as mine.I Hope he does. India can't afford another election.



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:42:54 1997 IST):
Tina: I really play real games, Interested??:-)



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:43:52 1997 IST):
that joke so old Frank



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 21:44:05 1997 IST):
Yeah...say when ..and where!



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:44:05 1997 IST):
Mahesh: Who's "UG"? I never asked anything about UG.....



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:46:03 1997 IST):
Tina: Now........gimme your number I'll give you a call.



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SNAP (Thu Jan 9 21:46:51 1997 IST):
roses don't have pedaflops synapses. humans have. ask rajneesh if you don't believe me.



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Frank Norohna (r seen. I should have told her about the one at the lake. Anywa IST):
Little Johnny was 11 years old, and like other boys his age, rather curious. He had been hearing quite a bit about courting from the other boys, and he wondered what it was and how it was done. One day he took his questions to his mother who became flustered. Instead of explaining things to Johnny, she told him to hide behind the curtain one night and watch his older sister and her boyfriend. This he did the following morning. Here is what Johnny described to his mother: "Sis and her boyfriend sat and talked for a while, then he turned off most of the lights. Then he started kissing and hugging her. I figured sis must be getting sick, because her face started to look funny. He must have thought so too, because he put his hand inside her blouse to feel her heart, just like a doctor would except he is not as smart as the doctor because he seemed to have trouble finding her heart. Sis must have put some bigger fruit under her blouse this time because her boyfriend kept on saying how they were the largest melons he had ever felt. He must of gotten real hungry from all that kissing and stuff because she let him take off her blouse and suck on both of them for a long time." "Then he started getting sick too, because pretty soon both of them were panting and getting all out of breath. His other hand must have been getting cold, because he put it under her skirt. About this time, sis got worse and began to moan and sigh and squirm around and slide down toward the end of the couch. Then this was when the fever really started. I knew it was a fever because sis told him she felt really hot. Finally I found out what was making them so sick. A big eel had gotten in his pants somehow. It just jumped out of his pants and stood there about 12 inches long! Honest! Anyway, he grabbed it in one hand to keep it from getting away. When sis saw it, she really got scared. Her eyes got big and her mouth fell open and she started calling out to God and stuff like that. She said it was the biggest one she had ever seen. I should have told her about the one at the lake. Anywa



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:46:56 1997 IST):
Mr Bhatt: Why can't India afford elections, who'd you vote for, or didn't you vote? Is Bombay,esp. movies, under the control of the strong arm of the Thackerays?



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 21:46:58 1997 IST):
Sure....364 82 06......



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:47:42 1997 IST):
Mahesh: Who's "UG"? I never asked anything about UG.....



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mog! (Thu Jan 9 21:48:56 1997 IST):
hey clion...how's things? You still gay? hey mahesh...who said anything about human things between two people...your stuff is mainly like 3 or more... tell me:do you know the difference between cunnilingus and the Mafia???



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Mahesh Bhatt (Thu Jan 9 21:49:34 1997 IST):
See you guys . Thank you, see you sometime , somehwre somehow, someday . Bye.



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daddy (Thu Jan 9 21:51:05 1997 IST):
Any body? Care for a drink?



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Tina (Thu Jan 9 21:52:09 1997 IST):
Hey don't forget to call me....Bye sweetums!



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hello (Thu Jan 9 21:52:54 1997 IST):
bye



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clion (Thu Jan 9 21:53:01 1997 IST):
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mog! (Thu Jan 9 21:54:31 1997 IST):
Hey!3648206 is the phone number for Barkha Patil nee Munde nee Thackeray nee dingdongbellpussyinthewell... dear mr. bhatt.this has been the most boring chat ever,further deadened by one shri frank noronha inanities...



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Parvin Babi (Thu Jan 9 21:55:05 1997 IST):
Mahesh !



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Parvin Babi (Thu Jan 9 21:58:34 1997 IST):
Mahesh ! I'll miss U love!



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daddy (Thu Jan 9 22:01:20 1997 IST):
Bye Every Body!

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