Mahesh Bhatt was mightily impressed by Alia’s performance in Highway!

Mahesh Bhatt, father of Alia Bhatt was bowled-over by his younger daughter’s superb performance in Imtiaz Ali’s Highway.

The astute filmmaker goes as far as to compare Alia in Imtiaz Ali’s film to Shabana Azmi’s landmark performance in his own film Arth.

Says the Bhatt, “I saw Alia in Highway. Alia overwhelms you with her heartbreaking sincerity. Her journey has begun. This is Alia’s Arth. Highway is a film that will sparkle in Alia’s filmography.

Alia’s next movie will see Soni Razdan, an actress-filmmaker and also Alia’s mom direct her daughter in a film based on the notorious Nanavati murder case that shook Mumbai’s beau monde way back in 1959. This movie will be produced by Pooja Bhatt, the initial plan was to cast her opposite Randeep Hooda. But Imtiaz Ali already casted Hooda and Alia in Highway, so the hunt is on for another leading man to be paired alongside Alia.

Interestingly while conversing with Karan Johar on the latter’s talk-show, Mahesh Bhatt had described Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar as the most overrated film. Bhatt seems to have liked Ali’s Highway a lot more.

Says Bhatt, “It is an outstanding film. Imtiaz Ali staggers you with his simplicity. It is bare harsh and truthful.

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