I’d miss the at­ten­tion if I didn’t get it: Alia

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sub­hash K Jha

I’m a limelight moth. I en­joy the at­ten­tion. But I man­age to cre­ate a bal­ance be­tween go­ing pub­lic and staying pri­vate

ALIA BHATT, AC­TOR

One would as­sume that con­stant me­dia glare, es­pe­cially on her re­la­tion­ship sta­tus with ac­tor Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra would faze a young ac­tor like Alia Bhatt, but the 23-year-old re­minds us of her life­long tryst with the pa­parazzi. “I grew up in a fam­ily with a fa­mous father (film­maker Ma­hesh Bhatt) who is al­ways in the news. So, I’ve seen recog­ni­tion and me­dia at­ten­tion from child­hood. In the three years that I’ve been around, I’ve got­ten used to it. It feels nor­mal now. And hon­estly, I’d miss the at­ten­tion if I didn’t get it,” says Alia.

But does it ever feel like vi­o­la­tion of her pri­vate space? “It gets frus­trat­ing when I can’t go to cer­tain places with my friends, or when I’m asked awk­ward ques­tions when with fam­ily. But these are mi­nor ir­ri­tants. Be­cause at the end of it all, I’m a limelight moth. I en­joy the at­ten­tion. But I man­age to cre­ate a bal­ance be­tween go­ing pub­lic and staying pri­vate, even on so­cial me­dia,” says Alia, an In­sta­gram reg­u­lar. “I do have places in my life that I want to guard against pub­lic ex­po­sure. And I’ll guard those fiercely. I’m an ac­tor, but a hu­man be­ing first,” she adds.

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