Throwback: I'd love to marry Pooja if she wasn’t my daughter: unusual equation of Mahesh Bhatt and daughter
Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt and his daughter Pooja Bhatt have seen hiccups, successes, and failures in their career. But what led them under the spotlight was the equation they had with each other. It was at that time when both of them appeared on a magazine cover and things went completely haywire.
Yes, in a photo shoot, Mahesh Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt decided to kiss each other on lips. The headline of the magazine read, "If Pooja weren't my daughter, I'd love to marry her." This created nationwide discussion and the duo was called out for allegedly not being in a father-daughter relationship.
Pooja's calls Mahesh Bhatt as Bhatt Saab and not as dad or daddy, which added fuel to the fire. However, both of them never spoke about it.
After separating from his first wife, Mahesh Bhatt married Soni Razdan. Soni is Alia Bhatt's mother. Speaking about how she accepted Soni, Pooja Bhatt had opened up to Stardust, "Initially, I did resent my dad for leaving my mother for another woman. I also used to hate Soni for snatching away dad from us. In fact, there used to be times when I would flare up at the very mention of her name. It was my mother who made me understand and think practically. She would tell me not to resent or hate my father for anything for basically he is a good man at heart."
In the same interview, Pooja also revealed that once Mahesh Bhatt had woken her up while she was sleeping and told her that he was seeing someone else and was having an affair. She explained how she was the first one to know even before her father had told it to her mother and that's the sort of honesty her father had towards her.
She also added that earlier she used to think Soni as her enemy but later started exchanging sights which soon transformed to hi and hello. And as time passed, they became friends.