Pooja Bhatt last acted in Everybody Says I Am Fine (2001). And even though she still wants to act, the right role is yet to come. “It would be a vacation to be just told what to do,” says Pooja. “I’m tired of being the master, I’d love to be the slave now.”
Pooja, who rarely makes public appearances, was recently seen at the mahurat (inaugural shot) of friend, S Ramachandran’s film, Imaandari Ki Ma Ki Aankh, where she gave her life’s second clap. The first was for father Mahesh Bhatt’s Aashiqui.
But on a serious note, the story of the film, which takes off when the protagonists give up on honesty, has a lot to do with some issues Pooja is currently fighting. For over a year she has been struggling to retain her title Thank You that the Association of Motion Picture and TV Programme Producers failed to protect. Anees Bazmee’s Thank You, produced by UTV Motion Pictures now is due to release this weekend.
“In this world if you’re honest, chances of success are slim. That’s what the film is about,” she says. UTV declared that the court ruled in their favour in the title fight, on Wednesday. But it didn’t surprise Munish Makhija, Pooja’s husband: “It’s proven that these bodies have no statuary power; our fight is a larger one.”
But this isn’t the only obstacle Pooja has overcome. The weeklong release of her last film, Kajraare, is still a mystery. “I don’t know what happened. But the industry teaches you the art of sustained enthusiasm. So here we are,” she says, delirious.