One Success after Another - Alia Bhatt

Daughter of director Mahesh Bhatt and veteran actress Soni Razdan, actress Alia Bhatt has made a name for herself in her six-year-long career in Bollywood. Having churned out one success after another, Alia has proved her versatility with films like Raazi, Highway, Udta Punjab, and Dear Zindagi in which she was seen playing challenging, and sometimes deglamourised, roles.

When asked what attracts her to such roles, she told IANS, “I want to keep pushing myself with every role that I play. To strike a balance between commercial and brave films has always been a priority. I make it a point to not let pressure influence my choice of roles. An inhibition is always present in every actor’s mind when they take up a challenging role, but the focus is always to give it our best shot and that is what we always strive for.”

The actress has also done films like Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Kapoor & Sons, and Badrinath Ki Dulhania which are full-fledged commercial Bollywood films. Currently her kitty is filled with films like Brahmastra opposite Ranbir, the multi-starrer Kalank, Ranveer Singh-starrer Gully Boys, and Karan Johar’s Takht.

While Brahmastra is written and directed by Ayan Mukerji and also stars Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Varman directorial Kalank stars Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. Gully Boy is being directed by Zoya Akhtar and is based on the lives of rappers Vivian Fernandes, a.k.a. Divine and Naved Shaikh, a.k.a. Naezy.

Her film with Ranbir has, in fact, created quite a stir on her personal life. When asked about how she reacts to rumours of the actress being in a relationship with Ranbir Kapoor, Alia says, “I don’t react to rumours. Rumours are not meant to be reacted upon.”

She adds, “As long as you aren’t entering my bathroom, I am fine. If people are not talking about me, then maybe I am not relevant enough. So if people are talking about me, then I am something. But yes, honestly I am at a very good space personally and professionally, so no issues whatsoever.”

She was asked how working in a film with a co-actor who she also happens to be dating, affects or adds to the performance, to which she said, “I think when you are an actor, your job is to act. So, when you are in front of the camera, it doesn’t matter who you are dating or who you are not dating and whether you are tall or short, fat or thin, unhappy or really happy.”

 Alia goes on to say that in this line of work you have to do things that your character requires. “Sometimes there are days when I go on set with an upset frame of mind, but I have to dance around and feel very excited... that’s the whole process of being an actor,” she says.

Alia spoke to IANS on the sidelines of the launch of handbag brand Caprese’s latest Alia-inspired collection. Co-created by the actress, the collection is a compilation of all her favourite designs with inspiration from her personal style. The actress says she started her journey with the brand around three years ago and enjoys their colourful collections.

“I have been obsessed with bags from even before I can remember, so getting to associate with a brand like this has further fed this love. And now, especially with the Caprese Alia collection, I am lending a piece of me to the brand and I hope the consumers love it as much as I do,” she said.        – Niharika with Inputs from IANS