Alia shoots for su­per­star­dom

Alia Bhatt is so much more than a ‘young star’—be­hind that fresh face is a de­ter­mined ac­tor who re­fuses to leave any stone un­turned on her way to su­per­star sta­tus!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - By Priyam Chaturvedi; Photographs by Tarun Vishwa

IT'S EX­ACTLY A MONTH TO GO BE­FORE HER SEC­OND RE­LEASE, HIGH­WAY, AND ALIA BHATT IS BOTH EX­CITED AND NER­VOUS.

Busy on a multi-city tour to pro­mote her movie, she’s clock­ing this in­ter­view while on her way back to the Chandigarh air­port. “It’s just been so hec­tic, but I don’t mind it one bit!” she tells me. “Shoot­ing for this movie has been life chang­ing. Mov­ing from a fun film to an in­tense one like this was such an eye opener. I had to go through many chal­lenges—phys­i­cally, men­tally and emo­tion­ally, but it was a process I en­joyed thor­oughly,” she ex­plains. “Be­tween pro­mot­ing High­way, where I star op­po­site Ran­deep Hooda, and shoot­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously for 2 States with Ar­jun Kapoor and Humpty Sharma Ki Dul­haniya, op­po­site Varun Dhawan, I have no time left to do any­thing else!”

Wel­come to the fre­netic world of 20-year-old Alia Bhatt. In 2012, when she bagged her de­but role in Karan Jo­har’s Stu­dent Of The Year, many agreed it was a ca­reer move other new­com­ers could only dream of. They were right. The multi-star­rer firmly placed Alia in the top

league, bring­ing with it a host of ti­tles like ‘A star in the mak­ing’ and ‘The in­dus­try’s next big thing’. But Alia as­sures me she doesn’t take such things too se­ri­ously. “Th­ese tags don’t make me con­fi­dent or ner­vous! They are just la­bels peo­ple use. One day they put you up there and the next day you’ll be thrown down, so I try not to get overly af­fected by ei­ther neg­a­tiv­ity or pos­i­tiv­ity and ac­cept both with open arms.”

Wise words, you’ll agree (re­minder: Alia is 20!) Does this savvy come from her fam­ily (which in­cludes dad and di­rec­tor Ma­hesh Bhatt, mother and ac­tress Soni Raz­dan, and half-sis­ter and ac­tress Pooja Bhatt). Alia cred­its her Zen-like at­ti­tude to her pro­fes­sion. “Be­ing an ac­tor teaches you a lot of pa­tience. In my line of work, there are a lot of things hap­pen­ing around you, and it’s not an en­tirely con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment...some­times it gets chaotic. At that point, you just need to keep your san­ity in­tact.” What about all the an­i­mos­ity one can at­tract be­ing in the pub­lic eye...be­ing calm isn’t al­ways easy. “If you have lovers, you must have haters too! If there are no haters and no prob­lems, you’re not mak­ing a big enough im­pact!”

Be­ing in an in­dus­try where com­pe­ti­tion and com­par­isons are in­evitable, Alia knows that it’s only her tal­ent that will set her apart, not her sur­name. “Right now it’s my time to slog and give my 100 per­cent to the job, and let my work do all the talk­ing. I won’t deny that there are days when the fear of fail­ure creeps in and you feel ‘What if the film doesn’t do well or the au­di­ence doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate your ef­fort?’, but it’s that fear that pushes me to work even harder. As far as com­par­isons are con­cerned, I think every­body in the in­dus­try is hard­work­ing and pas­sion­ate, and in that sense, I con­sider ev­ery­one com­pe­ti­tion. But not in a bad way!

Pari­neeti (Cho­pra) and I are com­peti­tors, but we’re friends, and there is no anger, ir­ri­ta­tion or cold vibes be­tween us, as is pop­u­larly con­jec­tured. We’re all here to make movies and one should learn how to ap­pre­ci­ate the other per­son’s ef­fort as well.”

It’s clear that the world of movie-mak­ing has taught Alia both pa­tience and per­se­ver­ance. Has it also taught her diplo­macy? “I think diplo­macy only works so much, even in Bol­ly­wood. I hate be­ing fake! There are days when I don’t feel con­fi­dent, or don’t feel like smil­ing. So I don’t! I smile only when I feel like smil­ing.”

Alia comes across as some­one who doesn’t mince words, so I ask her to fi­nally clear the air on her re­la­tion­ship sta­tus. First it was Varun Dhawan, then Sid­dharth Mal­horta and now there are whispers about Ar­jun Kapoor. Alia’s re­sponse is curt. “No, I’m not dat­ing any­one. And be­ing the per­son I am, even if I was, I’d like to keep it pri­vate!” But there are a lot of ru­mours, I try again, does that bother her? “No, it doesn’t. I don’t con­sider link-ups im­por­tant, and don’t pay any at­ten­tion to them.” Styling: Tan­ima Khosla; Hair & Make-Up: Sub­hash Wa­gal Pro­duc­tion: Kavita Thakur.

Printed boxy top, boy shorts (worn in­side), and full cir­cle sheer skirt, all Nam­rata Jo­shipura; bowler bag, TOD’s; denim, em­bel­lished cuff, and spi­der-mo­tif chain

neck­lace, both Out­house

Bustier, Nam­rata Jo­shipura; flared pants, Ro­hit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna; sheer full length jacket,

Masaba; pearl col­lar, Out­house; suede peep-toes,

Steve Mad­den

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