She has delivered back-to-back hits, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that industry members are calling Alia Bhatt a star. Even her father Mahesh Bhatt and sister Pooja Bhatt hold the same opinion. But the young actor herself, says she has a long way to go before she can be labeled as one.
Your father says you are a star. Do you feel like one?
Honestly, I feel stardom comes with a body of work. I don’t feel like any of us (the younger lot) are stars right now… At least I feel I’m not a star yet. I have done just four films.
But the trade feels otherwise.
I don’t think I have reached that stage. Stardom comes with consistent quality work, which is exactly what I want to do. I feel fortunate that I have had four hits, but I still feel I have a long way to go.
Your sister Pooja says that you’ve wanted to be a star ever since you were a kid.
When I was small, I asked my mother what my name meant. She told me, ‘It means something high up in the sky’. Alia literally means exalted, but if you explain it to a kid, you define it in very simple terms. So, when I would look up towards the sky, I would see stars and I would say, ‘Oh, I am a star.’ It was a very innocent, childish thing.
Have you been offered the Ram Lakhan remake?
Nothing (like news reports claim) has come to me.
Is it true that Sonam Kapoor (as an AD) had auditioned you for a role in Black (2005)?
Yes. It was a sweet experience. Actually, when I met Sonam recently, she reminded me, saying, ‘Alia, do you remember I was there when you had come to audition?’ At that time, I was like 10 or 11. I was really small. Of course, I didn’t make the cut, but it was nice to meet Sanjay (Leela Bhansali) sir.