Pooja Bhatt to write book about her battle with alcoholism
Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt will co-author a book about her battle with alcohol. It will come out early next year.
“I would like to emphasise that it is not an autobiography. At 45, I am too young to write my memoirs. As they say in filmi terms, ‘Picture abhi baaki hai, dost’. But I can help others like me deal with their problem by talking about my journey,” Bhatt said in a statement. It has been 10 months since she stopped drinking.
“It hasn’t been easy but it hasn’t been too difficult either. A series of chapters in a book called life. It wasn’t planned, but we have announced the book on Bhai Dooj, when traditionally Indians have just ushered in a new year. As the Diwali lights continue to sparkle around us, please support me on this journey the way you always have through all my films,” said Bhatt, the daughter of veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.
Pooja found fame with films such as Daddy, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Sadak and Zakhm. As a director, she has helmed Paap, Kajraare and Jism 2, among others.
It was in March this year that Pooja spoke to journalist Roshmila Bhattacharya on her battle with the bottle saying, “If I didn’t quit now, I’d have drank myself to the grave.”
Her book will be co-authored with Bhattacharya, and will be published by Penguin India.