Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Bollywood actress, producer and director Pooja Bhatt was in the headlines in 1980 after the controversial magazine cover in which she was seen kissing her father Mahesh Bhatt on his lips. The father-daughter’s cover page stirred a controversy like no other.

Later, Mahesh’s statement added fuel to the controversy as he said, “If Pooja wasn’t my daughter, I’d love to marry her.”

However, after several years, Pooja finally opened up on the controversy and said she doesn’t regret the incident.

During an interview with Siddharth Kannan, Pooja said that the moment was captured was absolutely innocent and she cannot instruct or roll along with how people perceive it.

Pooja Bhatt & Mahesh Bhatt's controversial magazine cover page Pooja Bhatt & Mahesh Bhatt's controversial magazine cover page

When asked if she has any regrets about the controversial photoshoot for a magazine cover, she was quoted as saying, “No, because I see it very simple, and I think that unfortunately jo hota hai (what happens is), a frozen moment can be represented and misrepresented in anyway.”

Further, she went on to add, “Aur mujhe yaad hai Shah Rukh ne mujhe yeh kaha tha when you have daughters, jab hi aapke bacche chote hai, how often a child just says, ‘Mummy papa give me a kiss’. And they go this way.”

“Main ab bhi is umar mein bhi wahi 10 pound ki bacchi hoon for my father. Vo jindagi bher wahi rahege for me, “ she said.

The Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin actress said, “It was a moment that was absolutely innocent which was captured. Aur uske connotation jo hai, jinko padhna hai vo padhge, jinko dekhna hai vo dekhege. Aur main is cheej ko defend karne nahi baithi. Agar log baap aur beti ke rishte ko alag najariye se dekh sakte hai toh vo kuch bhi kar sakte hai. Fir hum baat karte hai family values ki. Bahut kamal ka joke hai."

Pooja is Mahesh Bhatt's daughter from his first wife Kiran Bhatt. He also had a son named Rahul Bhatt. Pooja remained in the headlines for her movie choices. She was last seen in Bigg Boss OTT Season 2. Even though she qualified till the finale, she got evicted.