First Look: Mahesh Bhatt as bald Buddhist monk in ‘Siddhartha’

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has been working behind the camera as producer, director and scriptwriter over the years but now he is all set to face the camera. Mahesh Bhatt is making his acting debut in Mukul Misra’s debut venture, titled, ‘Siddhartha’.

Shivam Bhargav will be seen in the male lead and Shazahn Padamsee will play Shivam’s love interest.

“Whether he will actually shave off his hair or use prosthetics is still to be decided,” said debutante director Mukul Misra and confirms that Mahesh Bhatt will be seen in the role of a Lama in a story of a man’s search for truth after his life is shattered by betrayals.

“Shivam is lost in the brothels of Varanasi before he goes to Manali where he is found by Bhatt sahab’s character who believes that Buddha is in him and helps him to get the answers he was looking for.” Mukul Misra added.

Mukul Misra have worked with Bhatt is the past and shares a great equation with the filmmaker. When Mukul approached Bhatt with the script, he liked it and accepted to play the character.

“I have worked with him in the past and we have a certain equation. I have a company Trigger Happy Entertainment, which makes film promos. We did promos of Aashiqui 2, Jannat 2 and Murder 3. But that’s not why he gave the nod to the project. He liked the role,” said a very happy and content Mukul.

“Yes, I’m doing Siddhartha. I liked Mukul’s narrative and his vision. Buddhism teaches you that everything is transient and I understand it. I think I can do justice to the role. I have met many lamas and had an intense interaction with the Dalai Lama. The story appealed to me and I could co-relate with it because like the protagonist I too am always in the quest for answers to life. But get this straight, I am not an actor but a filmmaker.” stated Mahesh Bhatt who is know to speak his mind out.

Life is pain! Do not ask why it is so? It is so!, Stepping into the frame of silence. Mukul Misra's Siddhartha, Mahesh Bhatt tweeted.