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Ranbir Kapoor chooses Alia over Deepika

Bollywoodmantra  Mumbai, March 16, 2014
First Published: 12:50 IST(16/3/2014) | Last Updated: 13:03 IST(16/3/2014)

Highly impressed with young Alia Bhatt’s ‘Highway’ performance, heartthrob of Bollywood Ranbir Kapoor suggested Alia Bhatt’s name to director Imtiaz Ali for his next titled, ‘Window Seat’ but Ali thinks Alia would be too young to cast opposite Ranbir.

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"Ranbir insisted that I should meet Alia once — not for any particular project but generally," Imtiaz had told us in an earlier interview. Later, it was learnt that he wanted her in a different film.

A source close to the production house tells that Ranbir had recommended the actress's name for his own film, 'Window Seat' but apparently Imtiaz found Alia 'too young' for the role. Imtiaz confirms the report and said, "Ranbir has always believed that Alia has a lot of potential as an actor. So he had suggested her name, and asked if she fits in the role. But she is too young for the part."

Imtiaz Ali cast Alia Bhatt for ‘Highway’ opposite Randeep Hooda. He initially thought to sign in older actress but later zeroed on Alia.

After the release of ‘Highway’, Ranbir was apparently so impressed with Alia’s work that he called up Alia to congratulate her.

The actress too adores Ranbir a lot. During the promotions of her debut film, ‘Student of the Year’ (2012), she had said "I have always loved Ranbir… He is my biggest crush and he will always remain my biggest crush."

‘Window Seat’ will go on floor later this year and the film stars Deepika Padukone opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

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