Problem lies with people if they are narrow-minded: Pooja Bedi – She is getting loads of offer but I want her to focus on her preparation. Next year, we will launch her.”
There has been a lot of talk about her daughter Aalia Furniturewalla entering Bollywood. Giving clarity on that, she says, “She has done one year film direction course in New York University. She has done one-year acting course in New York Film Academy. She is currently back in India doing extensive training for Bollywood, busy attending acting, Kathak, contemporary, and singing classes.
She is getting loads of offer but I want her to focus on her preparation. Next year, we will launch her.”
Asked if the paparazzi hounds Aalia, the mom says, “She was in Jodhpur the other day doing a photoshoot with Nafisa Ali’s son and she got mobbed. It overwhelmed her as she has not even started her Bollywood journey. But she is a huge Instagram star. I told that it’s great that she has such a huge following because of who she is and not because of her work in films.”
About dealing with trolls, she says, “With bouquets come brickbats. In India, people have narrow-minded views about nudity and boldness. It’s a problem that lies with people, not us. Crazy psycho fans are a threat to security but that’s something that both a sex symbol and an actress portrayed as virginal beauty, face.” She however claims that she obliges every fan with a selfie request because she owes her success to them.
When we remind her that like she had another actress as her namesake in her time, her daughter too will have one, she quips, “It is really funny and they both come from Bhatt family and we both sort of come from Bedi clan. But with so many films being made, there is space for everyone.”