‘Dad tells me to lend my name to the right causes’
Actor Alia Bhatt (right) says her filmmaker father Mahesh Bhatt advises the actor to use her popularity for the right causes. “My father says I should use my popularity in the right direction and not just restrict it to films. I have been in the industry for three years and I try and do things like this ... causes that are close to my heart,” says Alia who was seen at the launch of Girls Rising, a film that shows the story of nine girls from different countries. “We want girls to fly high, in the right direction and with the right spirit. This will happen when people understand that it is necessary for girls to study,” she says.
Talking about doing things for girls, Alia says “My mother (Soni Razdan) used to pay for education of the daughters of our sweeper, watchman and other house helps. This is something I saw at home and I want to take it up when I run my own house,” Alia says.
The actor who received acclaim for her role in the film Highway (2014), says that she is happy that film tried to portray how physical abuse takes place at home and can damage the mind of a child forever. “It was deeply disturbing as I had to play that character and to understand what a girl might go through in her own house,” says Alia.
“I am happy I did the film. There are girls who told me that after watching the film they opened up about their experiences,” she adds.