‘First 20 days are best part of a film pro­mo­tion’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh prashant.singh@htlive.com

Ever since her de­but with Stu­dent of The Year (2012), Alia Bhatt has had a string of hits. In fact, from 2016 on­wards, her back-to-back films such as Udta Pun­jab, Kapoor & Sons, Dear Zindagi and Badri­nath Ki Dul­ha­nia have hit the bull’s eye at the box of­fice. So, one might as­sume that Alia would have mas­tered the art of pre- and post-re­lease jit­ters. The ac­tor feels she has “learnt to live with it”. She says, “Hon­estly, the first 20 days are the best part about pro­mo­tions. You are so busy that you don’t have the time to think [about any­thing else]. What­ever goes through my mind hap­pens 3-4 days be­fore a film’s re­lease. That’s the time when you start get­ting wor­ried and ner­vous.” The 24-year-old feels that even if peo­ple say “good things about you”, one hopes to not let them down. “You go through all these lit­tle things. No mat­ter what, I have re­alised that you are al­ways ner­vous on the first day of the shoot. It’s nerve-wrack­ing and the re­lease day will be dou­ble of that. Now, I’ve learnt to live with it,” she says.

Alia re­counts a spe­cial episode vis-à-vis Shah Rukh Khan, her Dear Zindagi co-star: “When [the film] was go­ing to re­lease, Shah Rukh mes­saged me (be­fore he left for the US to meet Aryan at that time) say­ing, ‘I know what it’s like when a film re­leases and then an ac­tor tends to feel alone be­cause once the film re­leases, the buzz has gone and sud­denly, you feel blank.’ And it was lovely be­cause un­know­ingly, some­one un­der­stood it so beau­ti­fully. Then, I re­alised that it’s not just me; ev­ery­one feels the same.”

What­ever goes through my mind hap­pens 3-4 days be­fore a film’s re­lease. That’s the time when you start get­ting wor­ried and ner­vous ALIA BHATT, AC­TOR

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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