New Delhi: Known for his thriller and adult content, controversial Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has created a buzz by calling Indians ‘sex-obsessed’. During an interview with an English daily, Mahesh Bhatt said “Indians love sex. They love everything related to sex and the box office figures of our films like Raaz, Murder and Jism speak for themselves. Jism 2, which was made on a 6-crore budget, did business of `36 crore in its opening weekend itself. We have made a bunch of serious films as well like Awarapan and Jashn, but they flopped.”

“Indian audience is hypocritical. They want sex, but they want it through the back door. We don't want people to tell us to our face that we like sex,” he added.

On his shifting from meaning full cinema to erotic thriller Mahesh Bhatt said, “Keep me separate from the kind of films that I made in the 80s and 90s and the kind of films that my production house now makes.

When I made films, they were a by-product of that era, they were rooted in that culture at that time, but now, as a producer, I make films that cater to my constituency of young people, my target audience that belong to an under-25 age group.”

“Cinema now can't be just about introspection and atma manthan; such topics won't work. Films have to appeal to youngsters - it has to have tamasha, drama and sensationalism,” He added.

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