‘I knock be­fore en­ter­ing Alia’s room’

Her pri­vate life is pri­vate, I’d never gate­crash into the lives of any­body, not even my chil­dren

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Ma­hesh Bhatt says he is proud of his daugh­ter Alia Bhatt, but he does not wish to in­ter­fere in her pri­vate life. “I re­spect her right as an in­di­vid­ual, hav­ing a life of her own and I have no busi­ness to step into it. Even now when she is grown up, if I want to en­ter her room, I’ve to knock the door three times. If she is free then I open the door, else not,” he says and adds, “I am proud of my lit­tle girl and I ap­plaud her ev­ery time I see her do­ing some­thing sen­sa­tional in the world of per­form­ing arts. But her pri­vate life is pri­vate, I’d never gate­crash into the lives of any­body, not even my chil­dren.”

When asked if he gets wor­ried about Alia’s link-up ru­mours, the 67-year-old says, “I also grew up in this world. I fell in love, had re­la­tion­ships — some worked some didn’t. I’m her fa­ther, I’m a friend and I re­spect her. She’s in charge of her own des­tiny, she’s in the driv­ing seat of her own jour­ney and we must re­spect that.” Ma­hesh fur­ther adds, “Your chil­dren may come through you, but they are dif­fer­ent. They have a world view of their own, a des­ti­na­tion of their own and I, as a par­ent, can only fa­cil­i­tate that jour­ney, if asked.”

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