Director-producer Mahesh Bhatt is known for creating controversial films, giving polemical statements and talking about bold ideas to the world. His vision is divergent and his craft has always created a conversation. Remember how Bhatt famously called Sanjay Leela Bhansali an overrated director and Kajol an overrated actress? He also called Barfi an ‘overrated film’ and later questioned Sonakshi Sinha’s exclusion from the FIR filed against those who attended the AIB roast. As much as Bhatt loves to be outspoken on many issues, he is apologetically transparent about a few.
Out of the many bizzare statements he has given while being inside the industry, there is one which remained in the headlines for quite some time. This shocking statement was made by him during the cover shoot of a magazine during the ’80s.
Mahesh Bhatt exclusively locked lips with his own daughter and actress Pooja Bhatt, who was at the top of her game during that time. The cover of the Stardust magazine displayed Mahesh Bhatt kissing his daughter.
Not only this, Mahesh Bhatt’s statement in the magazine’s issue caught more attention. This is what Mahesh Bhatt said:
“If Pooja wasn’t my daughter, I’d have loved to marry her.”
The statement was much scrutinized and Mahesh Bhatt was termed creepy for his unusual behaviour.
Bhatt has created some of the biggest hits in the industry including ‘Sadak’, ‘Aashiqui’, ‘Zakhm’, ‘Arth‘ and ‘Saransh’ to name a few. He married twice in his life and his daughter Pooja Bhatt is from her first wife named Lorraine Bright.