She’s been in the industry for just three years. However, 22-year-old Alia Bhatt’s performances in films like Highway (2014) and Two States (2014) has already made her a bankable name. In a candid chat, she talks about the expectations the industry has of her, the pressure she faces and more.
Does being one of the most successful actors in Bollywood put any pressure on you?
I don’t feel I have become a star. I have done just four films. I genuinely believe that it takes a great body of work to become a star. And I am really grateful that people believe that I can become one.
Do you feel the industry expects more from you now?
I don’t take anything to heart — neither success nor failure. I just keep working with the same kind of joy. People might say whatever they want to, but I am still the girl next door.
Do you ever feel that you started your career quite early?
Sometimes, I do feel like, ‘Sh*t, it has been only three years. And I am already feeling tired. How do people do it for so long?’ But I’m not tired in a way where I am like, ‘Oh, I want to stop’. I am tired in a good way. I feel my love for being an actor will never go away. That love inspires me.