ALIA DOESN’T NEED MY GUID­ANCE: SONI

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Ac­tor-direc­tor Soni Raz­dan (above left) is proud of her daugh­ter, ac­tor Alia Bhatt’s (above right) pro­fes­sional choices. With 2016 hits such as Udta Pun­jab, Kapoor and Sons and Dear Zindagi, she be­lieves that Alia’s suc­cess proves that she is on the right path for a thriv­ing ca­reer ahead.

Soni feels that the only thing that her daugh­ter needs to do now is re­main ded­i­cated to her hard work. “Alia doesn’t need my guid­ance re­gard­ing the kind of films she should do. Rather, she is quite a sorted in­di­vid­ual who fol­lows a strong in­stinct,” says Soni, adding that this seems to have worked in her favour.

Soni says that her fam­ily (Alia’s fa­ther Ma­hesh Bhatt and her sis­ter Sha­heen Bhatt) are all proud of what she has done for her­self at such a young age (Alia is 24 now). “She should just stay ded­i­cated to her craft and the rest will fall in place. As her mother, I am al­ways there, but Alia knows what she wants both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally,” says the ac­tordi­rec­tor, who has been a part of films such as Saaransh (1984), Sadak (1991) and Mon­soon Wed­ding (2001).

So which film did she like Alia best in? Soni says, “I en­joyed most of her films, be it High­way (2014), 2 States (2014) or Udta Pun­jab. But if you ask me to choose the ones I loved, I would say she im­pressed me with her per­for­mances in Udta Pun­jab, High­way and Dear Zindagi. But as I al­ways say an ac­tor is never big­ger than her role. So I feel she is lucky to have got such op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Soni says that she is also im­pressed that Alia has taken up di­verse roles. “Alia was dif­fer­ent in each of these films. That is com­mend­able,” she adds.

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