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Daddy (1989 film)

Daddy (1989) is a television film made for Doordarshan. Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, this film marked the acting debut of his daughter Pooja Bhatt. The film boasts spectacular performances by its lead actors Anupam Kher and Manohar Singh. It has a famous ghazal "Aaina mujhse meri pehli si surat maange" sung by Talat Aziz.[1] Coincidentally, Talat Aziz was offered a movie Dhun which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt. However, the movie has not been released to date.

Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Produced byMukesh Bhatt
Written bySuraj Sanim
StarringAnupam Kher
Pooja Bhatt
Manohar Singh
Raj Zutshi
Music byRajesh Roshan
Release date
08 February, 1989


This movie begins with an image of star, Alex Ramos. Slowly as the story progresses, more facts about the reason for his alcoholism come to light, and he is able to overcome them eventually with the help of Pooja's love and her support.



Mahesh Bhatt changed the climax of the film just a day before it was shot.[2] Bhatt himself was struggling with alcoholism while shooting this well-received film.[3][4]

A theatrical adaptation of Daddy, directed by Dinesh Gautam, was first staged in 2015 with Imran Zahid in the lead role.[2] It was a rare Indian production staged at an international theatre festival in Pakistan in 2015, although the staging was delayed because of visa hassles.[5] [6]



  1. ^ a b Kaushal, Sweta (17 June 2018). "On Father's Day, revisiting Mahesh Bhatt's autobiographical film Daddy". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sood, Parina (6 May 2018). "Battles with alcoholism: 'Daddy' a chance for Pooja, Mahesh Bhatt to talk about their own demons". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  3. ^ Goyal, Divya (17 April 2018). "Pooja Bhatt On The Irony Of Having Saved' An Alcoholic Father In Daddy Only To Battle Drinking Problem Herself". NDTV. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ Verma, Sukanya (15 January 2014). "Classic revisited: Daddy, Mahesh Bhatt's touching fairy-tale". Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  5. ^ Vikram Phukan (29 June 2019). "Desi drama, subcontinental style". ‘’The Hindu’’. Mumbai, India. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Pakistan gives NOC to Indian theatre groups, Mahesh Bhatt happy". ‘’The Economic Times’’. Mumbai, India. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2019.

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