Dressed in stunning blue dress, Alia was looking resplendent, as she spoke with the media about her movie 2 States opposite Arjun Kapoor. The Bhatt was frank in her answers as she talks about being Ananya, dad Mahesh Bhatt and much more….
How did 2 States happen?
While shooting for SOTY, I was approached for it. I had already read the book by that time and was eager that someone should a make movie on it. I never ever thought that I would get a chance to play Ananya. I knew that Arjun was already on board, so we did a look test to check if we both look good together. After that I didn’t hear about it for 4-5 months, but eventually I got the part!
Tell us about your character Ananya? How you got into her character?
She is spunky and witty, smart girl who grab anyone’s attention instantly. I never gave too much thought about playing Ananya because if you try to do something under pressure, that makes it more difficult. Since I have read the book 3 times and know the character in and out, it didn’t require much effort and I preferred going with my director Abhishek’s vision who is very sensitive about the book, this has helped me in portraying Ananya perfectly.
Any plans to work with dad Mahesh Bhatt?
I have tried convincing him but he calls himself ‘extinct volcano’. He is dormant so you can’t even wake him up. Thing will happen when they are supposed to happened.
What was his reaction to your kissing scene?
When he read the article about it in one of the daily’s he simply said that he liked it. Then he started joking, ‘yeh kya kar ke aayi hai? Mera mooh kala kar diya’ (laughs) He knows that I am an actress and it was the role requirement.
Do you think as a film maker he was much ahead of his time?
Off course! For that matter even Pooja and her body language. It’s probably in the Bhatt’s genes that are always thinking ahead of time. My father is 65 years but still the most tech savvy person in our house. That interest can come only when you have doubts. ‘Doubt is the key to knowledge’, so he keeps telling me that you don’t be so sure of yourself as that will be the day when you will stop growing as a person.
In the film, you are dealing with a very strict father. Any parallels to draw from your life on that front?
Every father is possessive about his daughter. My father has clearly told us that none of you girls are getting married and going away. He is blunt and honest and genuinely doesn’t want us to get married.
Tell us about your experience working with Revathi?
I developed a special bond with her while filming for 2 States. Just being with her on the sets has improved me as an actress. I actually felt that she was my mother.
You’ve kissed Siddharth in SOTY and Arjun in 2 States. Who is a better kisser?
It’s just a mechanical thing! You can’t judge a kisser when you are shooting a movie. It’s just work and my family knows it.
What are the qualities you look for in your partner?
He should have a great sense of humor, he should be ok with me being an actor, should be honest, loyal. I am a simple romantic girl at heart, who wants a simple boy who can keep me happy.
What you have to say about your comparison with Kareena Kapoor?
I just did two movies and people are comparing me with Kareena, which is very flattering. But I think I have a long way to go before I match steps with her. There can be only one Kareena Kapoor and I am her biggest fan in India and want to remain like that. Nobody can be like her so why should I even try to be like her? She is the biggest inspiration for me.
With the success of ‘Highway’ has people’s perception changed towards you?
On a personal level, I learnt a lot while the actual filming of ‘Highway’. I wanted people to think of me as an actor. Earlier they used to say I am yet another star. I want to become an actor and not just a star. ‘Highway’ changed all that!
What personal change you find in yourself after becoming an actress?
I have been a very sensitive all my life. I used to avoid participating in any competition for the fear of failure. But after I joined the industry, I have become more thick-skinned. Now I can take criticism in my stride.
-By Gayatri Kolwankar