‘I wouldn’t be able to do Sarkai Lo Khatiya’

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Dino (Morea) asked, ‘Baba (San­jay Dutt) Bol raha hai usse Sunny Leone chahiye (for an item song in a film).’ I replied, ‘Bol do Baby bol rahi hai, nahin’ POOJA BHATT, AC­TOR-FILM­MAKER

In a rare in­terview, ac­tor-film­maker Pooja Bhatt opens up about her life, pri­or­i­ties, pets and peeves.

Your step­sis­ter Alia says you’re the only one the en­tire Bhatt fam­ily (in­clud­ing your fa­ther Ma­hesh Bhatt) lis­tens to…

Is that true? I don’t know. But I do know that I have a con­science and moral val­ues. I won’t com­pro­mise just be­cause it is con­ve­nient for me. A friend sug­gested I write my au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. But I’ve to tell the truth. And I can’t do that be­cause it in­volves other peo­ple’s lives.

Do you of­ten come face to face with the truth about your­self?

I be­lieve when you are given a spe­cial life you owe it to the uni­verse to be your­self. I think in In­dia women with their own mind are still re­sented. A woman with a vagina, b**bs and a brain is con­sid­ered very in­tim­i­dat­ing.

How do you deal with Bi­pasha Basu or Sunny Leone mov­ing away af­ter get­ting

There is no loy­alty in this busi­ness, don’t you know that? With Sunny Leone it was the question of who would bell the cat? I had the gall to do that. I re­mem­ber San­jay Dutt send­ing a mes­sage to Dino Morea say­ing they wanted Sunny Leone for an item song in Ram Gopal Varma’s De­part­ment. If they wanted her they should’ve asked me. In­stead Dino asked, ‘Baba (Dutt) Bol raha hai usse Sunny Leone chahiye.’ I replied, ‘Bol do Baby bol rahi hai, nahin.’

You’ve been a rebel all your life...

Today, I see Karan Jo­har fi­nally at­tain pu­berty at 42. Ev­ery­body in the film in­dus­try is now dis­cov­er­ing that turn­ing point­ing in their lives at 40-plus. I got there at 17. Thanks to Man­isha Koirala and me today’s girls ad­mit to a boyfriend. They even kiss in pub­lic. I was very happy kiss­ing on screen. But if you asked me to sing a dou­ble-mean­ing song like Sarkai Lo Khatiya I wouldn’t be able to do it. I want to ask if any of my con­tem­po­raries are do­ing what I am? No. End of dis­cus­sion.

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