Published On : Tue, May 13th, 2014

Mahesh Bhatt turns monk for ‘Siddhartha’



Director Mahesh Bhatt who hanged the director’s hat many years ago and turned to producing movies is all set to make on screen appearance soon. He will be seen as Buddhist monk in director Mukul Misra’s upcoming movie Siddhartha.

Bhatt’s new look for the movie are just out and he looks promising in the character. Mahesh Bhatt shared the photos of his monk look on Twitter and wrote, “Stepping into the frame of silence. Mukul Misra’s Siddhartha.”

Bhatt is making his debut at 64. Siddhartha tells the story of a man’s disillusionment with the world and his search for inner peace.

The movie has actor Shivam Bhargav playing the titular role. His ladylove is played by Shazahn Padamsee. Shivam plays a character that leads a life of indulgence and debauchery before renouncing it to look for salvation in the hills of Manali. That’s where he meets the Buddhist Lama, played by Mahesh Bhatt. The Lama helps Shivam connect with his inner Buddha.

Siddhartha is not a rip-off of Nobel winning author Hermann Hesse’s sublime book by the same name.

The film will reportedly be shot in Varanasi and Manali. Director Mukul Misra has previously made film promos for Vishesh Films’ presentations like Aashiqui 2 and Murder 3.  The writer-filmmaker says he decided to play the role of Lama because he could relate to the character.

On a philosophical note, he added, “Life is pain! Do not ask why it is so? It is so!”