It is never too late to redeem yourself and restart afresh. Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt is penning down a book about her battle with alcoholism and how she overcame it. The book is slated to come our early next year.
“I would like to emphasise that it is not an autobiography. At 45, I am too young to write my memoirs. As they say in filmi terms, ‘Picture abhi baaki hai, dost’ But I can help others like me deal with their problem by talking about my journey,” Pooja said in a statement.
“It hasn’t been easy but it hasn’t been too difficult either. A series of chapters in a book called life. It wasn’t planned, but we have announced the book on Bhai Dooj, when traditionally Indians have just ushered in a new year. As the Diwali lights continue to sparkle around us, please support me on this journey the way you always have through all my films,” she added.
She quit alcohol 10 months ago.
Roshmila Bhattacharya has co-authored the book and Penguin Random House India will publish it next year.
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) October 21, 2017
Pooja gained prominence with films such as Daddy, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Sadak and Zakhm. As a director, she has helmed Paap, Kajraare and Jism 2 and many others.
It was in March this year that Pooja spoke to journalist Roshmila Bhattacharya on her battle with the bottle saying, “If I didn’t quit now, I’d have drank myself to the grave.”
Swati Chopra, Commissioning Editor of Penguin Random House India, said ” “Pooja Bhatt’s forthcoming book is an incredibly brave one, about a topic that most people, especially women, would be hesitant to talk about in India. Pooja writes about overcoming alcoholism with courage and honesty that is rare, especially in image-conscious Bollywood, making this a truly groundbreaking book. We, at Penguin Random House India, are proud to publish this book that will definitely not be a run-of-the-mill celebrity memoir.”
It takes a lot of courage for anybody, to open up to the fact that she had a problem with alcohol. More so, if you are a public figure. And that she was struggling not to fall off the wagon.
Pooja Bhatt is working on Sadak 2 which deals with the issue of depression and mental health.
pic credits: The Indian Express