"Mahesh Bhatt was born to Nanabhai Bhatt, a Hindu, and Shirin Mohammad Ali, a Muslim on September 20, 1949. His father is of Gujarati descent. Shirin's father was a Tamil Brahmin while her mother was a Muslim from Lucknow. Bhatt was brought up as a Hindu. Among his siblings is the Indian film producer Mukesh Bhatt. Bhatt did his schooling from Don Bosco High School, Matunga. While still in school, Bhatt started summer jobs to earn money. He also made product advertisements. He was introduced to film director Raj Khosla through acquaintances. Bhatt thus started as assistant director to Khosla.
Bhatt married his first wife Kiran (born Lorraine Bright) whom he had met while still a student