‘My girls Alia and Pooja are unique’

Film­maker Ma­hesh Bhatt is proud that his daugh­ters are lead­ing suc­cess­ful and sta­ble lives

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Film­maker Ma­hesh Bhatt (right) is a proud fa­ther when he talks about ac­tors Pooja Bhatt and Alia Bhatt and their achieve­ments in the film in­dus­try. While Pooja, 45, ruled the sil­ver screen in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Bhatt’s younger daugh­ter Alia, 24, is a youth icon for many peo­ple to­day. He is happy that Pooja, who has been part of films such as Daddy (1989), Sadak (1991) and the Na­tional Award win­ning film Ta­manna (1997), is pas­sion­ate about movie-mak­ing. “I am very happy that my girls are unique. Pooja is still do­ing won­ders by do­ing things, that oth­ers nor­mally don’t do. Movie-mak­ing is part of her life. Although she was never keen on act­ing, she wanted to do a movie di­rected by me be­cause I wanted to make Daddy,” says Bhatt.

Talk­ing about Alia, who made her de­but with Karan Jo­har’s film, Stu­dent of The Year (2012), Bhatt says, “She’s an­other won­der— to­tally mag­nif­i­cent. She did not hold my fin­ger and foray into the in­dus­try. She has gone ahead [in films] on her own in­tu­itive un­der­stand­ing. At the age of 23-24, she has achieved so much that it is noth­ing short mir­a­cle.”

While he ac­cepts that Bol­ly­wood is not a space that’s gen­er­ous, es­pe­cially for peo­ple who wish to make a sparkling de­but, Bhatt is not wor­ried for his daugh­ters fu­ture in the film world. “How can I be scared of this busi­ness? This is home for us and we’ve seen tragedies and glo­ri­ous days here.”

Pooja is still do­ing won­ders by do­ing things that oth­ers nor­mally won’t do. Alia has gone ahead [in fillms] on her own in­tu­itive un­der­stand­ing MA­HESH BHATT, FILM­MAKER

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