“Right now, I am so tired that I can’t think of anything,” says Alia Bhatt, who is all of 23, and is already touted to be one of Bollywood’s most promising young stars. These days, the actor has her hands full with the promotions of her upcoming film, Kapoor & Sons. Last week, she also finished a shooting schedule of director Gauri Shinde’s next, alongside Shah Rukh Khan. Here, she talks about her new film, her alleged boyfriend Sidharth Malhotra, and her first-ever failure, Shaandaar (2015).
Is there extra pressure on you, considering your next comes after Shaandaar?
Honestly, Shaandaar not doing well gave me more strength and calmness. Before that film, I used to be more hyper, scared and nervous, as I hadn’t experienced failure. But now, I know what it (failure) feels like. I also believe that a good film will always do well. You can’t cheat the audience.
Is it easier to work on a film that has your friends in the cast and crew?
Of course, especially with Sid (Sidharth Malhotra) being around, as he is one of the closest people in my life right now. So, whenever I felt low [while working on the film], I knew I had a friend to take care of me. I didn’t feel alone. The whole set was like that, because Shakun (Batra; director) is a dear friend and Karan’s (Johar; film-maker) company is also like home.
You are often questioned about your relationship with Sidharth. Does that ever get to you?
No, it doesn’t. As long as there is a line that’s maintained, I am fine. I feel the media has been very sweet about it (smiles). No one has ever really attacked me.
Will you continue to keep mum about your personal life?
Yes, I will (smiles). It makes life easier, because then the focus doesn’t move away from your work. And, of course, the mystery remains intact. I feel some mystery is always nice.
How was the experience of shooting with Shah Rukh?
He is my favourite co-star. He is the best to work with. He is so easy, understanding and adjusting. He does everything properly and is very obedient; and that’s really inspiring. He is a delight to have on the sets. I got to learn so much from him. I also understood the way he functions.
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