Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt lost his cool at the book launch of his daughter Shaheen Bhatt at a recent event where the entire family was present. Shaheen has written about her struggle with depression titled I’ve Never Been (Un)Happier and her parents Mahesh and Soni Razdan, sisters Pooja and Alia were all present for the launch.
A the event, a journalist asked about “fitting in the society”, triggering Mahesh’s anger. “There are no answers, there are pretenders who claim to have answers, there are no answers. They institutionalise all those answers and impose those or make it a religion. There are no answers,” he said in anger even as the feeble voice of Alia can be heard asking him to calm down: “Pappa!”
However, when Mahesh continued his speech ignoring Alia, she said, “I told you this would happen.”
At the launch event of the book, Alia was in tears recalling Shaheen’s struggle with depression. “I felt terrible as a sister. I didn’t put myself out there enough to understand her. I have only believed that she is the most brilliant person in my family. To some extent, she has never believed that about her own self but that always broke my heart. I was sensitive but I feel guilty for not understanding as much as I should have,” she said.
Author Shaheen Bhatt with parents Mahesh Bhatt, Soni Razdan and sisters Alia Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt at the launch of her book "I've Never Been (un)Happier" in Mumbai on Dec 4. ( IANS )
Speaking at the launch, Pooja had said, “I think we should never ask somebody why they are depressed. There is a fallacy that it’s a rich people’s disease and people often say that you have the luxury of being depressed. The misconception needs to be erased.”
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