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Pooja Bhatt

For no fault of hers, the actress finds herself in an unsavoury photo scandal

Pooja Bhatt
Someone superimposes your face on a semi-nude body on the Net. Then a film magazine downloads it on its cover. Isn't this a loaded life that you lead?
This is an occupational hazard that has gone too far this time. The police, mahila mandals, Stardust, India Today and others have turned this issue into a circus.

What is your reaction to this unpleasant episode?
I will first take action against the mahila mandal which chose to make allegations in spite of being aware of my non-involvement. It annoys me that we glorify sex symbols one day and make them apologise the next.

Do you want a place in the sun as a star or the arclights as an actress?
I want to be a star who acts as well.

Is your transformation in Tamanna your best to date?
It is. Not because of the role but because I was part of creating something that was relevant. The film has highlighted the plight of eunuchs and female infanticide.

There are rumours that the source behind Tamanna feels shortchanged.
That's not true. But I must admit that Tiku has done more for us than vice versa.

Production or acting—where does your forte in film-making lie?
I enjoy production more than acting as one is involved in many aspects of film-making.

Why is it that you prefer to work in family enterprises?
I have worked with J.P. Dutta and Priyadarshan and enjoyed it. It is comfortable and convenient to work with a unit that is efficient and which one is used to working with. Besides, most of my successful films have come from family ventures.

Is Pooja known more by her men than her movies?
I am single, successful and reasonably attractive. Whether I decide to have relationships that end in taking the plunge or not, they are my decisions.

Tamanna has earned you many laurels. Do you plan to rest on them?
I am producing Dushman which stars Kajol and Sunjay Dutt. Though more commercial than Tamanna, it too has a value system and deals with violence against women.

Laloo Yadav invited you to become an MP. Would you consider it?
Being a celebrity is bad enough. Can you imagine the riot that would have taken place if I was a politician and pictures such as these were published.

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