Mahesh Bhatt , the director, producer, scriptwriter is now going to debut as an actor in Mukul Mishra's Siddhartha. He will essay a bald Buddhist monk role.
"Whether he will actually shave off his hair or use prosthetics is still to be decided," said debutante director Mukul Mishra. Mahesh Bhatt is playing a lama in the film about 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 Mishra added.
"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 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.
Shivam Bhargav essays the title role while Shazahn Padamsee is his love interest.