She is still a teenager, but Alia Bhatt has made up her mind about her career. Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter, who is making her debut with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year (SOTY), says she would rather focus on learning “acting and filmmaking” instead of studying for a degree.
“Actually, it was always decided that I would finish my 12th and go on to study drama. But SOTY happened. So at the moment, it looks like I’m not going to study further. I will work if I get some good offers,” says the youngster. Alia debuts with other newcomers Varun Dhawan (David Dhawan’s son) and model-actor Sidharth Malhotra, who all play high school students in the film.
“If I get the time, I would love to do an acting course. (Regular) studies aren’t for me. I’m always reading and learning anyway,” says Alia. “I can’t study physics and chemistry. These subjects are not my cup of tea.”
Is her father happy with her decision to drop out? “When I got SOTY, I was about to get into further studies. But he said to me, ‘Leave it, why do you need it? You aren’t going to become a professor, you are becoming an actor and you already know what to do.’ That’s how my family is. They have never pushed me to study,” she says. “My father was a terrible student in college, but now he goes to colleges to give lectures. It’s all about how well read you are.”
Kareena Kapoor: Studied at Jamnabai Narsee, Mumbai, before studying commerce for two years at Mithibai College. Later, she did a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard University.
Tusshar Kapoor: When he was a student, he attended the prestigious Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan where he earned his Bachelors in Business Administration.
Ameesha Patel: She attended the Cathedral and John Connon school in Fort, Mumbai and went on to study economics at the Tufts University in Boston. She even won a gold medal there.
Soha Ali Khan: Saif Ali Kahn’s brainiac sister went to Oxford, like him and their father before them, for her bachelors. After that she enrolled in a Masters in International Relations course at the esteemed London School of Economics.