The stigma around mental health issues is slowly but steadily receding and we certainly need to thank the Bollywood celebrities for being vocal about their struggles with depression and anxiety. And in a similar turn of events Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter, Shaheen Bhatt has mentioned in her book, ‘I Have Never Been (Un) Happier’, the detailed painful struggle with anxiety and depression. The book launch was attended by the entire Bhatt clan including Alia Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt, and Pooja Bhatt along with Shaheen.
While Shaheen spoke about her battle with depression and Pooja spoke about her battle with alcoholism. In the same conversation, Pooja Bhatt also spilled the beans on what has led to Alia Bhatt’s unfathomable success in Bollywood. Speaking about the same, Pooja said Bollywood is all about keeping up a certain image and appearances which Alia is very good at unlike Pooja herself and also Shaheen.
Pooja said that it is a genetic flaw that the two sisters have inherited from their father Mahesh Bhatt which Alia has now. Speaking at the book launch, Pooja said, “We say things as they are and not how the people expect us to say them. And, I think the reason you (Alia) are so successful is that because you have not inherited that exactly like Shaheen and I have. You’re able to separate the two. The truth does not go down well in Bollywood. We’re living in a fake world which is full of appearances, where people don’t want you to say, ‘I’m not okay.’ They don’t give a damn whether you’re a cocaine addict or have an alcohol problem. As long as you look okay and show up and your waist size is perfect, nobody cares about what’s going inside.”
On the professional front, Pooja Bhatt will mark her acting comeback with Sadak 2 alongside Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur.