Pooja Bhatt talks about quitting alcohol

Pooja Bhatt, daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has made the right move towards quitting alcohol. Since December 24, the actress cum filmmaker has not touched alcohol and she confessed this before media and public.

Talking to MidDay, Pooja revealed that she quit drinking on Christmas eve, December 24 and has been successful to stick to her resolution till date. “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,” she told the tabloid.

Pooja said that she celebrated Alia’s success not by popping the bottle. When her sister Alia won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in ‘Udta Punjab’ in January 2017, Pooja did not celebrate her victory by drinking. “I messaged Alia saying normally this would have been an excuse for me to crack open a case of champagne first thing in the morning. But this time I celebrated by not drinking,” she said.

Pooja added, “Alcohol is comforting, it colours your evening. It’s a socially accepted narcotic even at business lunches and in the boardroom. Also, living in a fast-paced city, being in a high-stress profession, it becomes a reason to celebrate and cope with failure. Your film is a hit, you bathe in champagne, it flops, a single malt lessens the pain.”

Talking about why she decided to quit, Pooja said that her dad told her “I love you, kid.” To which she retorted, “I love you too,pops. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing else worth loving in the world.”

Mahesh Bhatt reportedly signed off the chat saying, “If you love me then love yourself because I live in you.” Though he never mentioned Pooja’s drinking problem, it was this message that got her thinking and she said to herself, “from this moment I’m going to be the best ‘me’ I’m capable of being” and after putting down the phone wondered if going out with someone and polishing off a bottle of whisky was loving herself. The answer was a resounding ‘no’.”

Interestingly, it was Pooja, who helped her father Mahesh Bhatt to give up drinking. ““I didn’t think that the girl who’d counselled her father in Daddy would one day council herself,” she said.