- Introduced to the film world by Raj Khosla, whom he assisted on some films.
- Made his directorial debut aged 26 with Manzilain Aur Bhi Hain (1974).
- Set up production company Vishesh Films along with his brother Mukesh Bhatt in 1987.
- Started working in television in 1995, directing several TV shows.
- Member of the advisor board of TeachAIDS, a non-profit organisation which develops HIV prevention eductation technology material.