A few days ago I read the phrase cerebral celebrity and drew up a list of criteria that one needs to meet to qualify for the distinction. One has to be informed, of course opinionated, public service spirited, articulate and has to have contributed to something that has an impact on people at large. I removed journalists and writers from my list of contenders because these criteria are part of their job descriptions. When I looked at the film world, I found a few (very few). Mahesh Bhatt, the film director producer, was one of them. Mahesh Bhatt is many things rolled into one; a successful filmmaker, social activist, writer, opinion maker, etc. Also, he is a man who always has something interesting to say.
Mahesh Bhatt is on Tweeter and he hasn’t disappointed me and his other fans.
Here are some of Mahesh Bhatt’s Tweets:
"There is an awe making mechanism hardwired in humankind. This need to be (in) awe of someone or something shadows us all our life.”
“Traveler, there is no path. Paths are made by walking!”
“I joined the world of movies when I was just 19.Having spent 40 yrs in it one thing I know for sure is that I don't know anything for sure.”
“If you pray for rain, you gotta deal with the muck too.”
“Cinema is the means through which a nation can forge a common identity, a common purpose, and a common resolve.”
“Unless you stake all you have for what you believe in you can't possibly win!”
“As long as you want something from someone, there will always be someone out there to control you.”
“To survive in the show business you need guts and the ability to constantly resurrect and reinvent yourself.”
“Art, religion & the zeal to improve the lives of the human lot, spring from the frustration and impossibility of making any sense out of life.”