The film launched Atul Agnihotri opposite Pooja Bhatt and Naseeruddin Shah was featured in the title role of an aspiring and dedicated teacher.
The film had an acclaimed and popular soundtrack by Anu Malik, which gave a boost to the music director's stellar career and he joined the league of top music directors of Bollywood.
In 1995 he moved to television, then a newly opening medium in India.
He has many times copied portion of Hollywood movie scene and enacts into his films. Thereafter, Bhatt retired a director and took to screenwriting, churning out stories and screenplays for over twenty films, many of which were box-office successes, like Dushman, Raaz, Murder (2004), Gangster (2006), Woh Lamhe (2006), based on the life of actress Parveen Babi, along with many more.
Following this, he directed dramas like Dastak (1996), the debut film of Miss Universe 1994-turned-actress Sushmita Sen, and Tamanna (1997), and tried his hand at comedy with Duplicate in 1998. His banner vishesh films still continues operating today as one of Indian Cinemas leading production banners.
It became India's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for that year.
The 1986 film Naam was his first piece of commercial cinema.
He was introduced to film director Raj Khosla through acquaintances.
Bhatt thus started as assistant director to Khosla.
In 1994 he won the National Film Award – Special Jury Award for directing Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993).