NEW DELHI: She set foot in the industry as an actor and then dived into the filmmaking business as a producer and director. But the unfettered Pooja Bhatt says she wants to get in front of the camera again.
“I stopped acting as I wasn’t curious about it anymore. I wasn’t passionate about acting. I became passionate about filmmaking,” said Pooja. “The thrill to make something out of nothing and to go out there to see whether it will work or not attracted me, but today, I feel the need to act again,” she added.
“I’m here. But I don’t need to sell myself. If someone offers a film, I’m willing to do it if it’s something I haven’t done before or pushes my boundary,” she added. Pooja said she feels the need to go out there in front of the camera and let go, as acting is all about letting go. “I will be there very soon, guys,” she stated.
But the 43-year-old noted that she found a place in the heart of the film industry after quitting acting. “I became more part of the industry after quitting acting. I contribute greatly to the industry as I bring in talent, provide money in the chain and make it happen,” she said. “During the making of Kabhi Na Kabhi, I realised that the process of filmmaking interests me and want to do more actively.”
The actor forayed into Bollywood with 1989 film Daddy and continued to wow with films, such as Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Sadak, Sir, Zakhm and Tamanna. In 2004, she stepped behind the camera to direct Paap, followed by Dhokha, Kajraare and Jism 2. Pooja last featured in Everybody Says I’m Fine! in 2001.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2015.
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