In an interview with Stardust Pooja had opened up about the day she found out about Mahesh’s relationship with Soni. Pooja said, “He never hid anything from me. Once I was fast asleep and at around one-thirty in the morning, he woke me up from my deep slumber and told me, ‘Pooja I’m seeing another woman. I’m having an affair with her and I want you to know first’. This was even before my mom knew of it. So that shows how open and honest he is with me.”
Mahesh had told Pooja, his daughter from the first marriage with Kiran Bhatt, about his extra-marital affair with Soni and had given her space and time to express her anger.
On how Pooja had reacted to the news, Mahesh had said during his appearance on ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’, “I went and told her that this is what was going on between your father and this girl. She just looked at me and she shook her head. I don’t know what it meant. There was resentment early on. She was this evil seductress who took their papa away. I let them express their rage, their anger.”
Pooja had said in the same interview to Stardust that she did resent Mahesh for leaving her mother and “used to hate Soni for snatching away” their father. She had said, “There used to be times when I used to flare up at the very mention of her name.”
However, Soni and Pooja share a significantly healthier relationship now. “Time healed my heartaches as well. We began by saying hi, hello, and then onto making small talk. It took off from there and now we are good friends. Now they get along fine,” Pooja said.