‘I HAVE THESE BOUTS: GET METOA SET NOW’

Alia Bhatt says that she can’t be away from a film shoot for long

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

What’s it like be­ing Alia Bhatt? Twenty-four; ter­ri­bly busy; tremen­dous sense of hu­mour (if in doubt about that, just watch her Ge­nius of the Year video, spoof­ing her­self); and blessed with a big re­serve tank of en­ergy.

One won­ders what this lit­tle bun­dle of dy­na­mite does in her down­time? We asked Alia about that, be­cause she got an un­planned break just be­fore she started shoot­ing for Raazi towards the end of July. “I think when I’m tired, I just need 10 days of re­cov­ery, and then I’m fine,” says Alia. “Af­ter that, I need to get back on my feet and start work­ing. When I was on a break, I made [good] use of that time, and wasn’t com­plain­ing too much.”

She did com­plain a lit­tle, though — be­cause she isn’t used to not work­ing on a film. Do we see a worka­holic? “Yes, ini­tially, I was com­plain­ing a bit,” says Alia, “but I get these bouts, when I’m like, ‘I want to work. Get me to a set now (laughs).’ And when I say ‘work­ing’, I don’t mean my live events and ad shoots etc.”

The Dear Zindagi ac­tor says that non-film com­mit­ments are also “work” for her, “but my true call­ing and my core job is shoot­ing for a film and play­ing a char­ac­ter. That’s what I con­sider my life is all about, so that’s some­thing that I need to do con­stantly.”

She did en­joy her re­cent break, af­ter five years — her 2012 de­but was with Stu­dent of the Year — of a packed sched­ule. More so, be­cause “I also knew that once I started to shoot again, I won’t stop,” says Alia, who has been work­ing with di­rec­tor Meghna Gulzar for 10 days now.

Her friends tried to get her to chill. “They’d tell me, ‘Alia, just use this time and re­lax. [In the near fu­ture], on a num­ber of days, you’re not even go­ing to have enough time to sleep.’ But, es­sen­tially, that’s what I love,” she says with a laugh.

Alia’s next films in­clude Dragon (with Ran­bir Kapoor), which she de­scribes as a “new, in­ter­est­ing, fun and mag­i­cal world to step in”.

PHOTO: PRAMOD THAKUR/HT

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