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Last Updated 18.10.2019 | 7:49 PM IST



Daddy on stage moves Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja beyond words

25 years after it was first released, the staged version of Mahesh Bhatt‘s Daddy was shown in Delhi at the Shri Ram Centre Mandi House on August 4 and 5 and it left the audience roused and over-whelmed.

The play version of Daddy which has the Mahesh Bhatt protege Imran Zahid playing Anupam Kher‘s role, and two young Delhi actresses Tanya and Simran playing Pooja Bhatt‘s role at two different stages of the narration, was attended by Mahesh Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt who came away completely moved.

Pooja Bhatt broke down during the play. Says Pooja, “It was sincere and moving. I realized again, not for the first time, that nothing beats a powerful narrative. Daddy had such a moving story. It is relevant to date.”

The film was based on Mahesh Bhatt’s own battle with alcoholism and his tender relationship with his eldest born Pooja Bhatt. Mahesh’s best friend Anupam Kher had played Mahesh Bhatt.

Now in the stage version when Imran Zahid took over the role he desisted from watching Anupam’s performance. “I wanted my interpretation of the character to be my own, and no one else’s. I am glad to say we had a great show. Pooja Bhatt got emotional as she watched her own character come alive.”

Some of the famous songs from the film Daddy sung by Talat Aziz were also used in the play. When asked, Mahesh Bhatt reacted to the play saying, “It was flawed, rough but innocent and moving.”

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