This Is The First Time That I Am Representing A Character That Actually Existed
Bubbly and versatile, alia BhaTT has surely made her mark in B-town and, how! She’s just 25 but this Ladkibeautiful’s powerful roles have made her a part of every filmmaker’s wish list. With a lot of big banner films in the gal’s kitty, 2018 can surely make her say LoveYouZindagi once more! In a candid interview, the hitmaker talks about her latest film Raazi, her preparations as an actor, working with her mother and more… In the film Raazi, you play Sehmat, who is not only a spy but also a wife and a daughter. What kind of training did you have to undergo to prepare for this role?
I had to do a little bit of technical training like understanding Morse Code which is basically learning a pattern of dots and dashes used in the intel training, jisko hum dik da kehte hain. I don’t know kitna farak pada hai that I actually memorized those codes as the scene didn’t have sound but the assistant director of the film Arzoo insisted that we should learn the codes. I said, ‘ Theek hain, these are codes and I am an actor and I am not going to join the army. So why should I learn these codes?’ But he insisted that we should go ahead and learn the codes, and so we did. And even though everyone started pulling our legs on the sets, but eventually they realised that I was very happy to have learnt the codes because when I watch the scenes, I know for a fact that I didn’t come out of the character for even a second. I could have randomly typed something, which I didn’t do. So I can help anyone who actually would like to join the intel (laughs). Then I also learnt how to drive a Jonga. Every day at seven in the morning, I used to practice driving it in the parking lot of Dharma Productions. Also, Meghna (Gulzar) wanted me to have a clearer Urdu diction so I practiced the pronunciations with her. And she requested me to watch a few old films like Kabhi Kabhi and Silsila. And I don’t think I should say more kyuki meratohwaisebhisatyanash hogayahaiaursatyanash hojayegaduniyamain!
Your mother Soni Razdan played your reel life mother in this film and this is the first time that you both have worked together in a film. How was the experience of working with her?
Actually, initially I was nervous, not for myself but for her. I used to worry about my mother memorizing her dialogues and if she forgot her lines, I would get nervous for her, which was really weird. It was like how parents are worried about their kids, and I was feeling the same for my mother! But after doing a scene
with her, I understood that she’s worked way more than I have and she’s a much better actor than I am. In fact, she was pretty chilled out and I was like ‘wow!’
How was it shooting at a beautiful place like Kashmir?
Everyone had gone into a holiday mode when we were shooting in Kashmir as we were dying of heat in Patiala before that. It was like coming back to heaven. I was eating Kashmiri Pulao almost every day. I had put on three kilos when I came back. So it was a very beautiful experience.
This is your first ‘true story’ film. Was there any pressure?
There was pressure because the film is based on a true story. For me, this is the first time that I am representing a character that actually existed. So that comes with a sense of responsibility, which is to be able to put forth the right amount of representation of the character and her emotions and the experiences she has gone through
This film is based on a book named CallingSehmat. Did you read the book to understand your character as a part of your research?
I had skimmed through the book. But I always believe that less is more. The script was the only Bible I refered to. I didn’t feel the need to go through the whole book, I just read it for fun.