I said no to Aashiqui for love: Pooja Bhatt

The ac­tor-film­maker re­veals that she re­jected the big 90’s pro­ject, as her boyfriend did not want her to be an ac­tor, adds that she now re­grets the de­ci­sion

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Ac­tor-film­maker Pooja Bhatt (above) says that she re­fused her fa­ther, film­maker Ma­hesh Bhatt’s ro­man­tic mu­si­cal drama Aashiqui, be­cause of love.

The 43-year-old, who made her de­but with the 1989 film Daddy, said that her un­cle Mukesh Bhatt of­fered her a role in the highly-ac­claimed 1990 film, but she de­clined be­cause her boyfriend did not want her to be an ac­tor.

Pooja, who starred in films like Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, Sadak, Sir and Zakhm said, “I had a boyfriend and I was in love with him since I was 12. When I was 16, I started dat­ing him. At 17, I did Daddy, and at 18 I was of­fered Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin. So he very pa­tiently went through the phase of my first film and said, ‘If you want to marry me, drop movie of­fers be­cause I’ll never marry an ac­tor’,” Pooja said at an event when asked why she re­fused her un­cle’s of­fer.

“Be­ing a ro­man­tic per­son, I said I’ll do any­thing for love. Then Mukesh un­cle (Bhatt, film­maker) came to my house with a sign­ing amount for the role, but I re­fused the of­fer. He called my fa­ther and asked him to make me un­der­stand. But I never agreed to do it,” said Pooja, adding, “And then, my re­la­tion­ship ended with that per­son. He still is a very dear friend of mine though. But then life took over. So now, I think I should have done the film,” she added.

Pro­duced by Mukesh Bhatt, Aashiqui, which starred Rahul Roy, Anu Ag­gar­wal and Deepak Ti­jori, was both crit­i­cally as well as com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful. A se­quel to the film ti­tled Aashiqui 2, with a new theme and di­rected by Mo­hit Suri with Aditya Roy Ka­pur and Shrad­dha Kapoor in the lead, was re­leased in 2013.

Mean­while, Pooja says that she wants to cap­ture all the facets of her fa­ther’s life in a doc­u­men­tary, as she has seen all his ups and downs. “I’d love to make a doc­u­men­tary on my fa­ther Ma­hesh Bhatt. What is in­ter­est­ing about him is that he be­came a more in­ter­est­ing per­son­al­ity af­ter he left work. It is a com­mon per­cep­tion that film­mak­ers’ lives end when they leave film sets, but Bhatt sa­hab proved it wrong.”

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