‘I WANT BABIES, SO I HAVE TO GET MARRIED’
Alia says that she’s given herself that deadline in her head, to settle down, get married and have a baby
She may have made her Bollywood debut three years ago, but her acting skills have made Alia Bhatt one of the most sought-after actors in the industry. While she has delivered many hits like Highway (2014), 2 States (2014) and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), the 22-yearold says she still feels nervous while starting a new film.
You will be seen in Vikas Bahl’s next after over a year. Are you nervous?
I’m so stressed that my dentist told me I am grinding my teeth due to stress. I’m nervous, but I’m not scared. Everyone’s films have done well of late. So when your film doesn’t do well, you ask yourself, “Oh, did I make a wrong choice?” I strongly feel that it’s your choices that make a good career. The track record has to be good.
Do you think you are on the right track to achieve that?
I don’t want to reach there too fast, as I don’t want to burn out. I’ve been in the industry for only three years. I want to sustain for at least another 10 years. I don’t mind sitting at home for six months if there’s no film that I want to do.
You talk about sustaining for 10 years, do you plan to get married after that?
Anytime between 30 and 32 should be good. Apart from your career, there are a few other goals with regards to your personal life. But, I don’t know what will happen in the future. I know there’s going to be a time when I want to settle down, get married and have a baby. I’ve given myself that deadline in my head. I may get married or never get married. But I want babies, so I’ll have to get married. I want fat, cute babies.
Is there anything going on between you and Sidharth (Malhotra)?
No. Honestly, I will neither say yes nor no. I will say nothing (smiles).
It’s said that actors today keep their relationships a secret.
To each his own. If I am asked about my personal life, I will lie. Talking about relationships takes away from your work. And when there is a break-up, the matter gets splashed all across newspapers. I’m very sensitive. I’d rather not go through this trouble.
You made your acting debut at the age of 19. Do you feel sometimes that you started out too young?
No, now is a really good time to be an actor. It doesn’t matter if you are too young or too old. The kinds of roles that are being written today are so diverse and versatile.