Pooja Bhatt was recently in Delhi to promote Richa Chadda’s Carabet and took pride in talking about her 67th alcohol-free day to a leading daily.
The 45-year-old who during the event confessed that she was once an alcoholic opened up on her journey of quitting it and said, “I want to bust the stigma attached to alcoholism in our country. Women particularly are discouraged from seeking help because it’s a matter of shame for the family. We don’t share our pain or frailties, we cover our weaknesses and it becomes cancer.”
She also talked about the volatility that comes unsaid with an acting career and elaborated, “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.”
Pooja was heard speaking about father Mahesh Bhatt’s addiction to alcohol in the past and revealed that she, in fact, had inherited the genes from him.
She said, “I was born to a man who has never done anything in half measures and I inherited that. So when I drank, I drank copiously. Your appetite increases even as the alcohol does terrible things to your body, clutters your mind and colours your judgement of the people you’re hanging out with.”
Talking about her journey of saying no to the addiction, Pooja stated, “I was 45 and if I wanted to give myself 10 years of living, I had to quit now before I drank myself to the grave. I had to reclaim the sharper, brighter me which had got watered down.”
“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 added.
Speaking about her biggest triumph of not giving in after sister Alia Bhatt’s win at the Filmfare this year she happily avers, “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.”