Bigg Boss OTT 2: Pooja Bhatt discusses overcoming alcohol addiction at 44, claims ‘society gives licence to men…’

Pooja Bhatt discussed her alcoholism and claimed that while women don’t openly consume alcohol, they also don’t publicly rehabilitate.

Pooja Bhatt, Abhishek Malhan, Palak Purswani, Avinash Sachdev, Manisha Rani, Jiya Shankar, Jad Hadid, Falaq Naaz, Cyrus Broacha, Bebika Dhurve, Akanksha Puri, and Aaliya Siddiqui were among the participants in the first episode of Bigg Boss OTT Season 2 on June 17. In addition, Salman Khan made his online debut as Bigg Boss OTT 2’s host.

On Day 2, the participants interacted with one another inside the house and shared personal stories. At the age of 44, Pooja Bhatt was filmed being open about her struggle with alcoholism.


During a conversation with Cyrus Broacha, Pooja Bhatt talked openly about beating her alcoholism at the age of 44. I acknowledged my addiction and decided to leave since I had a drinking issue, she said.

Pooja Bhatt added, “Society gives a license to men and thus they can openly speak about being addicted and recovering from alcoholism. However, women don’t openly drink and so they don’t openly recover. I used to drink openly so when I thought of recovering from alcoholism, I realised that why should I recover in the closet?”

Pooja mentioned that she stopped drinking at the age of 44 and added further, “People used to call me an alcoholic but then I said I’m a recovering alcoholic.”

Pooja had addressed her alcoholism and recovery on social media earlier. She had also said in an interview to Mumbai Mirror, “I was born to a man who has never done anything in half-measure and I inherited that. So when I drank, I drank copiously. Your appetite increases even as the alcohol does terrible things to your body, clutters your mind and colours your judgement of the people you’re hanging out with.”

JioCinema is currently airing Bigg Boss OTT 2. The 13 contestants are confined to a house together for the whole six-week season. They will be watched over by CCTV cameras around-the-clock.

Puneet Superstar, meanwhile, was the first contestant eliminated from Bigg Boss OTT 2.