AamirA and I fought like cat and dog, says Pooja Bhatt

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Monika M Rawal Kukreja ■ laughs). monika.rawal@htlive.com

Un­abashed, bold and fear­less — this pretty much sums up ac­tor­film­maker Pooja Bhatt. Not one o to mince her words, Pooja, who w was in Delhi re­cently for the the­atri­cal recre­ation of her 1989 film Daddy, talks about the chang­ing phases of film­mak­ing, ac­tors be­ing driven by PR ma­chin­ery, and one of her iconic films com­plet­ing 27 years.

It has been 27 years since Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin re­leased. What spe­cial mem­o­ries do you have of your sec­ond film?

It was life-chang­ing jour­ney into my heart. All of us, felt a big vac­uum once the film was over. Au­di­ences still hold onto it, and the mem­o­ries around it. It’s a film that’s in­grained in peo­ple’s hearts and minds; they con­nect their ado­les­cence to it.

How was it work­ing with Aamir

Khan for the first time?

Aamir and I were magic on-screen and a dis­as­ter off it. He was my favourite spar­ring part­ner. We fought like cat and dog. “Tom and Jerry” is how un­cle Mukesh [Bhatt] de­scribed us. Guess we were both quite smit­ten with each other and that’s the only way we could dis­play af­fec­tion or emo­tion to each other when the cam­era was not rolling. We were as dif­fer­ent as chalk and cheese, and that’s why our chem­istry was so pal­pa­ble on­screen.

Have things dras­ti­cally changed in the film in­dus­try to­day?

Moviemak­ing has be­come too im­per­sonal — too many peo­ple, do­ing too many jobs. A star comes on set with eight peo­ple. We used to multi-task back then — no makeup van­ity, no bullsh**. We went ev­ery­where car­ry­ing the ice box our­selves and had one spot boy, if we were lucky. To­day, ac­tors come to my of­fice and ask for a mar­ket­ing plan first, be­fore they read the script.

What about the PR ma­chin­ery con­trol­ling the stars to­day?

I’ll not be con­trolled even when I’m 95 years old! No way am I go­ing to give my life away to some­body else and say, ‘Now tell me what to do and how to do it’. But to­day, stakes are higher and, hence, young ac­tors go out look­ing well-dressed and they’ve got a makeup man, hair guy, a per­sonal trainer, mar­ket­ing team, pub­li­cist etc.

Do you find all this over­rated?

You see, peo­ple don’t want to re­veal them­selves. Things were more or­ganic back in the day, but now, they’re more re­hearsed. It’s funny how photo shoots to­day go through more pro­duc­tion than a film did then (

PHOTO: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

A still from Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin

Pooja Bhatt

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