‘My girls Alia and Pooja are unique’
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is proud that his daughters are leading successful and stable lives
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