Alia Bhatt is hands down, among one of the most sought-after and successful Bollywood actresses in recent times. And while one should credit her hard-work, versatility and brilliant script selections for the same, Alia Bhatt’s half-sister Pooja Bhatt has a different story to reveal. It all happened during the Shaheen Bhatt’s book launch - I Have Never Been (Un) Happier – wherein she has opened up on her struggles with anxiety and depression. The launch was graced by the entire Bhatt family including Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt, Alia Bhatt, Shaheen Bhatt and Soni Razdan.
During the event, Pooja Bhatt revealed how in the Bhatt family, except for Alia, everyone has inherited a ‘genetic flaw’ from father Mahesh Bhatt. Further, Pooja described the flaw as them being brutally honest and blunt about their struggles. Pooja believes that the film industry demands people to keep up with appearances, which is something Shaheen and she isn’t very good at. “We say things as they are and not how the people expect us to say them. And, I think the reason you (Alia) are so successful is that because you have not inherited that exactly like Shaheen and I have. You're able to separate the two. The truth does not go down well in Bollywood,” said Pooja.
She added, “We're living in a fake world which is full of appearances, where people don't want you to say, 'I'm not okay.' They don't give a damn whether you're a cocaine addict or have an alcohol problem. As long as you look okay and show up and your waist size is perfect, nobody cares about what's going inside.” (ALSO READ - Ranbir Kapoor Reveals He And Alia Bhatt Were Going To Debut In A Bhansali Film When Bhatt Was Only 11 Years Old)
Pooja Bhatt also talked about the misconceptions surrounding depression. She said how depression isn’t just a rich person problem which needs to be wiped off as it ain’t a luxury.
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