Today, she is one of the most talented actors in Bollywood. But not many know that Alia Bhatt’s (above) family is full of writers. While her father, film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, is one of the most-acclaimed writers in the Hindi film industry, sister Shaheen Bhatt is working on the script of the next franchise of Aashiqui.
Her mother, actor Soni Razdan, on the other hand, has impressed many with her tell-all blog. “I think there’s a reason why I became an actor. It’s because I don’t have the ability to be a writer (smiles),” says Alia.
Calling herself neither “as intelligent nor as creative” as her parents and sister, the 23-year-old star feels her family members “have something in common — they are all avid readers”. She says, “We are all opinionated, but their opinions are well put, beautifully articulated and profound. If you are a natural writer, that characteristic comes naturally [to you].”
Alia reveals that she used to “try out writing” as a kid “by penning poems”. “I had many friends who also wrote well. But I could never write. I could do everything else — dance, sing, paint and act. I was also into sports,” she says.
Professionally, Alia has a packed year ahead. Her schedule includes director Ayan Mukerji’s film with Ranbir Kapoor, which was rumoured to have been “shelved”. But Alia laughs at such reports. “It’s a difficult film to begin with. That’s why the makers are taking time to roll. It’s an ambitious and adventurous project. But we plan to go on the floors by the end of this year. I am excited to work with Ayan and Ranbir,” says the actor.
Another rumour that was doing the rounds was that Alia wasn’t on talking terms with her Student Of The Year (2012) co-star Varun Dhawan. “That’s rubbish. In fact, recently, we had a shoot for our [upcoming] world tour, and it was fun. The lives of actors are generally so busy that we don’t hang out in a big group often. But Adi (Aditya Roy Kapur), Parineeti (Chopra), Varun, Sid (Sidharth Malhotra), Katrina (Kaif), Karan (Johar), Badshah and I were present at the shoot. Also, Varun and I have been shooting for our new film. We are on talking terms. We don’t have any issues. I don’t know where these ‘talks’ are coming from,” says the actor.
Of late, Alia has been working in back-to-back films. She confesses that she “constantly gets advice from people to slow down a bit.” Even film-maker Imtiaz Ali told her that she needs to “conserve (her energy) thinking that she “puts in a bit too much (to work), and my fear is that you will burn out.”
“Even my mother says this to me at times, but I believe that the minute I start holding myself back, it won’t be me. I feel that if I am giving, I will give my 100 per cent. But having said that, maybe, I want to take it a little slow as I don’t want people to get exhausted looking at me again and again. Still, I don’t want to let go of good work. But yes, maybe, I should take it a little slow. I have been thinking about that.”
Spending time Shah Rukh!
“Of late, I’ve became a hyper film and TV show watcher. SRK has always been like that, and so, we have had a lot of discussions about what we are watching (while shooting for their next film),” says Alia, adding that SRK also has “so many stories to tell”. “He is always sharing his experiences with us. He also has a very difficult game called MindTrap, so all of us play it (smiles),” she adds.