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 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.

Young and at the prime of his career, Bhatt married Lorraine Bright with whom he had two children – Pooja Bhatt and Rahul Bhatt. His super hit film, Aashiqui, is said to have been inspired by his love story with Lorraine.

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.

The 80s Filmfare magazine published one of the most talked about and controversial photo of Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, where he locked lips with his daughter Pooja Bhatt. The picture was on the cover of the magazine. It also had one statement published saying that had she not been his daughter, he would have loved to marry her. Shocked right? The headline on the Filmfare magazine said,

“If Pooja wasn’t my daughter, I’d have loved to marry her.”

Mahesh Bhatt kissed Pooja Bhatt

Away from the limelight and lechery now, Mahesh Bhatt champions many causes in the industry and remains to be one of the most significant filmmakers of his age. So despite all his controversies, problems and scandals.


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