Filmmaker Pooja Bhatt says she is very protective about her half-sister Alia, who has been climbing up the ladder of her film career, and will only make a movie with the actor when the right project comes.
The 42-year-old actor-turned-filmmaker said she is proud of Alia's success and is happy to see the young actor on a roll with a string of hits like Student of The Year, Two States and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
"Since her childhood Alia wanted to be an actor. She was very clear. I am happy to see that she is on a roll. I think she is doing very good. She is my little baby and I am very proud of her. I know people want to me to make a film with Alia but in our family we don't have the habit of using someone's stardom for personal gains. I am very protective about her," Pooja said.
The Jism director said that Alia, 21, is in the same phase like her when she started out her career in the '90s.
"Alia is in a wonderful phase with back-to-back hit films. It reminds me of the time when I began my career. I had three hits in a row with films like Daddy, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin and Sadak," Pooja said.
It has been two years since Pooja directed a film. Her last movie as a director was Sunny Leone-starrer Jism 2, which released in 2012. The filmmaker said she has decided to focus on investing in talent and films and is not thinking about direction at the moment.
"After Jism 2, I decided to invest in talent, good stories, scripts. For example, I spotted Gulshan Devaiah in films like Shaitan, Hate Story and I saw a potential in him. I gave him a two-film deal, which I normally don't.
"So I am enjoying this phase now. Direction will happen when it has to happen. But I am happy doing this right now," she said.
Pooja is currently busy with two films that she is producing- Soni Razdan-directed Love Affair and Cabret starring former cricketer Sreesanth.
"I am happy that there are two amazing films. Cabret will go on floors in January and Love Affair will begin shooting in March," she said.