“Not know­ing your abil­i­ties can re­sult in a fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery”

India Today - - EMPOWERMENT - By Suhani Singh

No mat­ter how bril­liant you are there’s al­ways some­one some­where bet­ter than you. Never ever say that you have ar­rived be­cause that sows the seed of your dis­in­te­gra­tion.” This is one of the many words of wis­dom that Ma­hesh Bhatt shared with his youngest child Alia Bhatt.

It tells you of an ac­tor, who even as she earns uni­ver­sal praise with each per­for­mance, is adamant to stay grounded. Alia had a fan­tas­tic run in 2016 start­ing off with a small, po­tent part in Kapoor & Sons. Then came the shock-and-awe per­for­mance as the vul­ner­a­ble, foul-mouthed, dazed but de­ter­mined Bi­hari woman in Udta Pun­jab. She sealed it with Dear Zindagi, in which she beau­ti­fully in­ter­nalised the com­plex­i­ties of a 20-some­thing young woman grap­pling with love, life and fam­ily. “Alia aapne itne kum time mein itna kuch kar liya hai—aapko kaise lagta hain?” she is asked of­ten. Her re­sponse, “I gen­uinely want to find an an­swer to that. But I don’t feel any­thing.” Not know­ing your abil­i­ties can re­sult in a fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney of self­dis­cov­ery. Alia is on it now.

alia bhatt 24 Ac­tor Mum­bai

JUNE 2014

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