Alia Bhatt InterviewAlia Bhatt has proved her versatility and her acting prowess with every film. She has her hands full with plum projects which also includes her big-ticket venture with Shah Rukh Khan.
You will be doing a film with Shah Rukh. You must be excited?
I am obviously very excited. It's a big deal. It's like a dream come true. I am also happy because I am very fond of Gauri. I loved her first film (English Vinglish).
Are you an SRK fan?
Of course I am. I have watched all his films. I am like a crazy fan. As a youngster, I watched Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) so many times. Every Sunday, either of the two films or even Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) play on TV, and I watch them again and again. Also, my dad has worked with Shah Rukh, so I know the kind of actor he is. I am aware of his dedication. I know how hard-working he is. He is very charismatic.
The film is already being talked about a lot due to its unusual casting.
I am aware. Even when the announcement was made, many people were like, "What the hell?" or "How is this possible?" or "This is damn weird." But I don't want to say anything. I am going to stay quiet. I will let the trailers and the film do the talking. Sometimes, the story should be given more regard. So, let's wait for that. I won't say too much right now.
You have done a variety of roles early in your career.
I am making such choices because I want to do different things. It is happening on purpose, but I have also been lucky to get these opportunities.
Is it true that you met Sidharth Malhotra's family recently? Is there something brewing?
Nothing is happening. Sidharth said something very nice, which I really liked. He said that he was "seeing" me every day on the sets. So, I will also stick to that, and say, "Yes, I see Sid. I saw him daily on the sets in Coonoor (Tamil Nadu). I see him when I am working with him. I see a lot of him on TV too."
All the films that you have done so far have been hits|
I feel very scared that this isn't going to continue. I am keeping my fingers crossed, and hoping that my 'perfect' track record doesn't get shaken up. But honestly, I have been extremely lucky. I have worked really hard. Since I want to make people happy, I am wary of making wrong choices.
You have just lent your support to Girls Rising. How important is it to put your star power behind such ventures?
I want to do as much as I can for the initiatives I believe in - whether it's animal shelters, working for the cause of women's empowerment or educating girls, because I genuinely believe that we are not here only for ourselves. I want to make it big, and be the biggest superstar, but you have to do things for others as well.