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Alia Bhatt too young for Ranbir Kapoor, says Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali says that Alia Bhatt (who featured in his recent venture Highway) is too young to be paired with Ranbir in his next Window Seat. However, the director says Ranbir is really impressed with Alia.

bollywood Updated: Mar 15, 2014 10:10 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times

She got rave reviews in what was just her second film. And

Imtiaz Ali

, who directed Highway, too, only had words of praise for his main protagonist,

Alia Bhatt


But even though she found herself in


thanks to

Ranbir Kapoor

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

A source close to the production tells us that Ranbir had recommended the actress for his own film, Window Seat. But apparently Imtiaz found Alia "too young" for the role.

Imtiaz confirms this and says, "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 the role. But she is too young for the part."

It’s interesting to note that


, instead, cast Alia in Highway, for which he’d initially wanted an older actress.



After the film released, Ranbir was apparently so impressed with Alia’s work that he called to congratulate her.

On her part, the actress too has always been open about her admiration for Ranbir. During the promotions of her debut film, Student of the Year (2012), she had said that "I have always loved Ranbir… He is my biggest crush and he will always remain my biggest crush."

Ranbir’s film with


, which goes on floors later this year, will have Deepika Padukone as the lead actress.

First Published: Mar 14, 2014 11:05 IST

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