More than cen­sor board, Bol­ly­wood needs to grow up, says Pooja Bhatt

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While the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) has been fac­ing fire from all quar­ters for its re­cent de­ci­sions, ac­tor-fil­maker Pooja Bhatt (right) says the film in­dus­try too has a lot of grow­ing up to do.

“The film in­dus­try is still like a child. The num­ber of peo­ple you need to fight with in your own com­mu­nity be­fore you even get to that stage (the cen­sor board) is not funny. I think there is a lot of grow­ing up that the film in­dus­try has to do first,” Pooja says.

Over the last few months, the cen­sor board has faced flak for ban­ning films like Un­free­dom, and for is­su­ing dik­tats on film con­tent or statu­tory warn­ings. The ac­tor, who has of­ten fea­tured in films such as Sadak (1991), and Zakhm (1998), which were bold and ahead of their time, adds that the film fra­ter­nity should join hands over is­sues and not fo­cus on “own bat­tles” alone. “We only fight our own bat­tles... I think some­where along the line, we need to un­der­stand that,” says the daugh­ter of film­maker Ma­hesh Bhatt.

In the late 1980s and 1990s, Pooja was con­sid­ered one of the bold­est stars of her time, thanks to her con­tro­ver­sial body painted avatar act at the age of 17 for late fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher, Gau­tam Ra­jad­hyak­sha. That bold­ness tran­spired into her films as well. “When we did Jism or Sadak, peo­ple said that it won’t work. But it did and who ac­cepted it? The au­di­ence did. They were al­ways ready; it is the peo­ple mak­ing the movies who be­lieve that they are not ready. We need to grow up,” she says.

Pooja will also re-en­ter the act­ing arena, but will pick roles that suit her. “I’d like to play a woman who is my age and who looks ex­actly like me right now. I don’t want to pre­tend to be a 25-yearold girl or a 32-year-old woman. And I want to do some­thing I’ve never done be­fore — say some­thing evil or sex­ual,” she adds.

Pooja Bhatt, ac­tor-film­maker We only fight our own bat­tles... I think we need to kind of un­der­stand that

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