19/10/2015 3:12 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

'Dad Is Very Possessive About Me', Says Alia Bhatt

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Indian Bollywood film actress Alia Bhatt (R) poses with her father, director Mahesh Bhatt during the song launch of their Hindi film 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' in Mumbai on July 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Like every father, Mahesh Bhatt is extremely possessive when it comes to daughter Alia but the actress does not mind it as he never intrudes in her space and gives her enough freedom.

The 22-year-old star says there are times when her father gets irked reading about her dating rumours in the media but he does not force his opinions on her.

"I have a beautiful relationship with my father and it is only getting better with each passing year. But yes dad is, not little, but very possessive about me though in a cute way. He is a whiner."

"But he is not intruding. He will never say, 'Don't do this' but he does get disturbed here and there. He once read something in the paper and called me, saying, 'Are you dating this guy?' and I told him had I been dating, he would have known," Alia told PTI.

The Highway (2014) star feels as her father has been in the industry for a long time now and dealt with such stories about step-sister Pooja, he is better with handling rumours about the actress.

"This is not new for him at all, he has been in the industry from such a long time. Having Pooja in his life much before I entered Bollywood has made him experienced at all this," she said.

Despite being from a filmy family, Alia does not discuss work at home, intentionally.

"Right now, all conversations about work at home are banned. After working the whole day, that's not something I like discussing with my family. I like to talk about other things."

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