She is riding a wave of success after delivering back-to-back solid performances in Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan. But now, Alia Bhatt is “taking a break”.
“I haven’t signed anything new as of now. I am going to take some time off and chill. I will work on some ideas that are not film related. I have been planning to do that for a while, but haven’t had the time,” she says.
Ask Alia if she is hinting at a social cause and she says, “Yes, it’s got something to do with social work (pauses), but it doesn’t completely fall in that bracket. You will soon see what I am going to spend my time on,” says the 23-year-old actor adding that the shoot of her next film, Dragon (with Ranbir Kapoor) has been pushed to July-August.
“In between, Ranbir will also be finishing Raju (Rajkumar Hirani; film-maker) sir’s film, which is a biopic on Sanjay Dutt. My film, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, will also release in between. However, I will have a break after a long time. Let’s see if something comes up. But as of now, there’s nothing,” she says.
The Highway (2014) actor says adds that she doesn’t “mind taking some time off.” “I feel that thoda break lekar vaapas revive karna chahiye (you should take a break to revive). Also, I have been working constantly. Sometimes, you suddenly feel like, ‘what’s happening’. I am not taking a step back though. I am taking a break to figure everything else out. If something brilliant comes up, I will go for it immediately. There are a couple of things I am interested in, but it will take time to develop, so let’s see,” she says.
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Recently, reports suggested that Alia wants a TV show on the lines of Kim Kardashian West’s show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and wishes to name it “Keeping Up With The Bhatts”. “Someone asked me about it and I said it will be great to have a show like Keeping Up with The Bhatts, because the Bhatts are crazy. I don’t want to make it. But if someone wants to…I will make a lot of money on it (laughs),” she says.
Talks have been rife for a while that Alia will be seen opposite Sidharth Malhotra (above) in the third instalment of the Aashiqui franchise, which will be produced under her family banner. “They, including Shaheen (Bhatt; sister), are working on the script. They were also focusing on their other projects. I’ve been busy too. So, I haven’t had the time to ask them what’s happening on that front. I don’t usually get into such things. I’m waiting for them to complete the script, and then we’ll see. It’s a great project though. Let’s hope it happens,” says Alia, who started off her career with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year (2012).