Ma­hesh Bhatt’s Alia with­drawals

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Adi­tya Do­gra adi­­gra@hin­dus­tan­

Re­mem­ber the pic­ture that ac­tor Alia Bhatt in­sta­grammed last week, of her fa­ther, film­maker Ma­hesh Bhatt tak­ing a selfie with a hoard­ing of hers? One that went vi­ral! Daddy Bhatt shares that the photo was an out­come of the sep­a­ra­tion pangs he’s been suf­fer­ing ever since Alia moved from their Mum­bai house into her own flat.

“I no­ticed the hoard­ing with Alia on it when I landed at the Delhi air­port on a freez­ing win­ter morn­ing and thought to my­self ‘Ah, that’s my lit­tle girl.’ And when I started to take the selfie, my friend Im­ran said he’ll take a bet­ter shot. That’s how it hap­pened,” the 68-year-old told us on his re­cent visit to Delhi Univer­sity. He added that he had im­me­di­ately shared the photo with Alia, who then posted it online.

As for his daugh­ter liv­ing on her own now, Bhatt misses her a lot. “I call that house Fairy­land... When I mes­saged her, I wrote that maybe it’s the sep­a­ra­tion pangs that daddy is feel­ing, be­cause I wake up in the morn­ing and don’t find her in the house any­more. So I said, ‘Maybe I’m suf­fer­ing from Alia with­drawals and this is my way to cope with it.’ She re­sponded: ‘That’s so sweet Dad. This is the big­gest gift.” I guess it’s the warmth we shared that warmed peo­ple’s (so­cial me­dia users) hearts.”

When my daddy paused to take a selfie with me tak­ing a selfie! What else could I pos­si­bly want? ALIA BHATT’S POST ON IN­STA­GRAM



The selfie that Ma­hesh Bhatt shared with daugh­ter Alia Bhatt, who then posted it on In­sta­gram, mak­ing it go vi­ral

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