Why did Mahesh Bhatt return to direction after 22 years to make film as deplorable as Sadak 2, and that to direct his superstar-daughter Alia Bhatt for the first time? We will never know. Everyone in Sadak 2 is suicidal, so I guess Mahesh too decided to get seriously suicidal. Sadly he has has also affected Alia’s career.
Already reeling under the impact of the raging nepotism debate, the sheer shoddiness of Sadak 2 is likely to make a very big impact on Alia’s next release Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Many in the know feel Sadak 2 has taken Alia’s career down by many notches. Many of Alia’s closest well-wishers including Karan Johar are secretly wondering how Mahesh Bhatt could pull this pathetic stunt on his daughter.
Not that Bhansali is overly worried.
“Alia has given the performance of a lifetime in Gangubai Kathiawadi and SLB knows it. He’s pretty sure the whole nepotism debate and the impact of Sadak 2 will be considerably reduced by the time his film releases,” says a source close to Bhansali.
But we do feel Mahesh Bhatt owes his daughter an apology.
“If the same script had been offered to her by any other director Alia would have turned it down without a second thought. The fact that she did Sadak 2 for her father shows how much faith she, and for that matter poor Aditya Roy Kapur , had in Mahesh Bhatt. He has let both of them down very badly,” says a prominent filmmaker who is very close to both actors.