Pooja Bhatt Turns 46; Here’s A Look Back At Her Inspiring Story Of Beating Alcoholism
It is Pooja Bhatt’s 46th birthday today (February 24, 1972). The actress made her Bollywood debut at the age of 17 with her father Mahesh Bhatt’s film Daddy (1989). Interestingly, while she played a teenage girl in a love – hate relationship with alcoholic father, Anupam Kher, she had become an alcoholic herself by the age of 16. However, that didn’t stop her choose the right kind of roles and give one earnest performance after the other in films like Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991) where she paired up with Aamir Khan, or Sadak in the same year with Sanjay Dutt.
Sir (1993), Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993), Chaahat opposite Shahrukh Khan (1996), Tamanna (1997), and Zakhm (1998) 0pposite Nagarjuna and Ajay Devgn continue to be a some of her most noteworthy works. She also wielded the camera, starting with Paap in 2004, and went on to make Holiday (2006), Dhokha (2007), Kajraare (2010) and Jism 2 (2012). Currently, she is invested in hosting a radio show with her father – Bhatt Naturally and is also gearing up to make her big screen comeback with Sadak 2.
On her birthday today, she took to social media to share a pretty picture of her, celebrating turning 46 and also life which has been full of ups and downs. Her post is all about taking life’s challenges head on and coming out triumphant. The lines she posted with the picture say, ‘”What is happening to me happens to all fruits that grow ripe. It is the honey in my veins that makes my blood thicker, and my soul quieter” – Friedrich Nietzsche #birthdaygirl #pisceanwoman (sic).’ And with that, here’s taking a look at her journey from being an alcoholic to facing her scariest demons and achieving the goals she set for herself.
# “I want to bust the stigma attached to alcoholism in our country. Women particularly are discouraged from seeking help because it’s a matter of shame for the family. We don’t share our pain or frailties, we cover our weaknesses and it becomes a cancer.”
# “It was a conversation between her and her father Mahesh Bhatt that urged Pooja to move away from the bottle. It is from that moment, she promised him that “from this moment I’m going to be the best ‘me’ I’m capable of being.”
# Despite of the peer pressure, she decided not to drink on her birthday; although, she did toy with the idea of taking just one drink. “But then I asked myself if I needed it, and if I did, why stop with one glass? Why not drink the whole bottle of champagne because as somebody said, ‘One drink is had with the enemy.’ I called my friends to my farm, we swam at 2 am, we did many fun things, but I didn’t drink,” she said.
# But now she has pulled the plug and is happy about it. She added, “Luckily, I pulled the plug before it became impossible for me to stop. I’m in the pink of health except for the weight I put on because I’m now a stressful producer. But being the daughter of an alcoholic makes you four times more susceptible to becoming one.”
# Today, Pooja herself has no problem being around anyone who drinks. She has a fully stocked bar at home and even pours out drinks for friends. “If I can’t be around alcohol and resist it, it means I’m not in control. Each day strengthens my resolve as I realise I have more hours to a day now. Even when I drank till 4 am, I’d be at work at 10 am but I was burning myself out. Today, I feel lighter with the excess water gone. All the drama alcohol brings is eliminated from your life,” she says.
She shared her story in a no-holds-barred chat with Mumbai Mirror a while back and we hail the actress for opening up about the lesser talked about alcohol addiction. She is certainly being an inspiration for all those in a similar situation.