‘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

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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.

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