Mahesh Bhatt-Parveen Babi's extramarital love story: Late actress needed electroshock therapy?
Despite being at the peak of her career, Parveen Babi chose to leave everything behind and start a new life with director Mahesh Bhatt. And even though he was already married and had kids, Mahesh found comfort in the arms of Babi.
For the world, Parveen was a superstar but for Mahesh she was just his lover; a woman he could not even dream of leaving behind. Their extramarital-love story emerged as one of the biggest scandals of the 1970s.
Tabloids were rife with speculation and fuelled by stories revolving around their expected marriage and children. Their romance was alive with the fire of their love, lust, passion and philosophy of life.
There was a phase where she was convinced that Amitabh Bachchan wanted to kill her. Then there was another phase where she felt that their house was bugged. Directors stopped approaching her with new projects and producers started pressuring Mahesh Bhatt to get her “in order”.
Doctors strongly felt that her worsening condition could only be stopped with 'electroshock therapy'. But Mahesh Bhatt did not let anybody come near her.
He protected her from the evil eye of the world. He went away with Parveen to an ashram so that she could get the comfort and solace she needed there.
But on their philosopher's insistence he decided to move away from her and let her lead a peaceful life.
Though their life story ravaged under societal norms, the rubble of their relationship made them understand the true meaning of life.