There is a certain sense of confidence in Alia Bhatt’s voice, tone and words which is different from how she sounded in the days leading to the release of Highway. With the Imtiaz Ali-directed film fetching her unprecedented appreciation for a young woman who is just two films old, Alia is now supremely charged about her latest release, 2 States.
“It was said that I was not cut out to be an actor and was just a pretty face.”
Has the critical success of ‘Highway’ turned out to be redemption of sorts for you?
Well, it is not redemption per se; but yes, I have managed to change the perception of a few people in the industry and the audience in general. That’s satisfactory because a lot was written about me after Student of the Year — it was said that I was not cut out to be an actor and was just a pretty face. I thought about it and knew that the only way I could prove them wrong was through my work. So I put my effort into Highway.
It has been a good year so far for your Student of the Year heroes too.
Yes. I liked Main Tera Hero — I saw it in a theatre and found it to be a typical David Dhawan comedy. I truly believe Varun was fantastic in the film. And Sidharth was so good in Hasee Toh Phasee. He has shown his versatility as an actor in just his second film.
The three of you seem determined to make your mentor Karan Johar proud.
We always hope to make Karan proud in everything we do. He saw something in us because of which he gave us a chance. We can’t let him down. We will try to work hard for the rest of our life and do justice to every role and every character. We owe this much to Karan for launching us in the industry.
Now you are being seen with a new co-star, Arjun Kapoor, and buzz is that it is boiling down to some off screen chemistry too.
(Laughs) The most interesting part is that we didn’t know each other before the film so there was no bonding whatsoever between us. We were getting to know each other while we were shooting the film. Whatever romantic relation that you see onscreen in the initial scenes being shot is coming from a lot of awkwardness that we actually faced in the real life. The chemistry that you see is an outcome of the written material and not something that we carried from home to sets.
Interviewed by – Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood News Service.