‘Dad tells me to lend my name to the right causes’

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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.

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