Pooja Bhatt reveals Alia Bhatt and Shaheen had starred in her debut film 'Tamanna' as kids

By: Shruti Srivastava
Updated: 19 Jul 2018 10:55 PM
It was believed until now that Alia Bhatt who made her Bollywood debut in a female lead role with 'Student Of The Year', had acted as a child artist in Akshay Kumar-Preity Zinta's 'Sangharsh' in 1999 too. But here's a new revelation from her big sister Pooja Bhatt that Alia even before this, had appeared in her Bollywood debut film 'Tamanna' in year 1997. Pooja shared unseen pics from the sets of the film as #ThrowbackThursday post, in which Alia, who was playing Pooja's younger self, is seen with Paresh Rawal and also their sister Shaheen Bhatt is seen as Ashutosh Rana's daughter.

Pooja took to Instagram to share a collage of these pictures with a long note talking about the film and the "sister act".

Her message read - "Sister Act!! I was all of 24 when I produced my first film Tamanna-a true life story about a eunuch named Tikku,who during the holy month of Ramzan,found an infant abandoned in a garbage dump,her face half eaten by rats and brought her up as his very own. Tamanna dealt with the discomforting truth of female infanticide that plagues our country and proved that courage & largesse often are attributes of the truly marginalised-in this case a eunuch who gave Tamanna a new shot at life when her own father wanted her dead merely because she was born a girl. It was a dud at the box office but gave me great credibility as an actor and producer,even winning me my first national award. What most people don’t know though is that both my sisters @aliaabhatt & @shaheenb were in it too. Alia played a younger me and Shaheen played Ashutosh Rana’s daughter and even brought her own toys to the shoot which we used as props. So my father cast all three of his daughters in the same film... a fact that has been forgotten with time. I stumbled upon these photos today when I was continuing my obsessive,self assigned task of salvaging the tons of photo albums that lie discarded in a corner of our office. We are nothing but memories and these comprise some of the best! #Tamanna#familyarchives #puregold #maheshbhatt#shaheenbhatt #aliabhatt #poojabhatt#sisteract #memoriestocherish #forlife"

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After this, Alia also, picking her one cute pic out of the above four, wrote on Instagram - "Clearly throwing back this Thursday! Thanks pooj for the trip down memory lane @poojab1972 ????????????"

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Helmed by Ayan Mukerji, the flick will hit the big screens on August 15, 2019.