Alia Bhatt is definitely one of the few young actresses who has gone out of the way to do diverse roles in a span of six years since she made her debut. While Alia’s debut was a glamorous one in Student of the Year, she has delivered some of the most brilliant performances in movies like Highway, Udta Punjab, and Dear Zindagi. Now, with Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi, the actress is once again leading a film and is balancing the life between commercial and unconventional roles. Alia Bhatt has now taken on the role of an Indian spy in Raazi which narrates the story of a Kashmiri woman who was persuaded to marry into a Pakistani family and go undercover as a spy during the Indo- Pak war in 1971.
Ever since her debut, Alia Bhatt’s choices in films have been very different from her contemporaries. She has been seeking diversity with mixing mainstream cinema and unconventional roles. When asked how she finds balance, Bhatt revealed. “Every new film will either better my last performance or bring me out from the last bad film, if at all,” she said at the press event. “I want to be a diva and I want to be glamorous and at the top of all fashion portals. But, at the same time, I also want to be at the top of all film awards. I want to have the balance of both worlds.”
Everyone knew another Bollywood star kid had made her debut. But, it was Imtiaz Ali‘s Highway in the year 2014 that changed the game for Alia Bhatt. Though the film wasn’t a big hit at the box office, it carved the way for actor Alia who left her mark with her brilliant performance. “I looked at Highway as a golden moment to showcase the fact that I am an actor as well,” Bhatt said. “It might have been one of the lower grossing films of my career, but it is the film that had the most impact on people. It happened to me without me trying to make a point. I had no idea at that point if I would excel or do average in my films.”
With Alia Bhatt in her sixth year in the industry, she has already left her mark. She has an array of projects lined up. After Raazi, she has Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra and Abhishek Verman’s Kalank. “Consciously or unconsciously, my heart is reaching out to these roles by default,” Bhatt said. “And it so happens that every film I am doing is different from one another. Because instinctively, I am not picking out the same film.”
Alia further added that these days a movie’s story will always work compared to who stars in it. “A movie’s theme will always trump its box office prospects, she added. “There is no formula that can make a film a hit,” Bhatt said. “It may have songs, top stars and beautiful locations, but if there isn’t any content, it will not work.”
Speaking to doing all kinds of roles, Alia further added, “I want to be a diva, I want to be glamorous and want to be at the top of all fashion portals of both worlds but I also want to be at the top of all National awards. I want to have the balance. I took on the opportunity [Highway] because every new film will either better my last performance or bring me out from the last bad film, if at all. Also, every film I have done has credited me in some way. Student Of The Year has given me the biggest younger fan base.”
While Alia Bhatt has interesting set of movies in the coming future, she never gets approached for doing a comedy. “I don’t get comedy films. Everybody wants me to cry, I don’t know why. I want to do a comedy,” she says.
Alia Bhatt, who comes from a film family, will be starring with mom Soni Razdan in Raazi. She hopes one day she gets to work with her sister Pooka Bhatt and dad Mahesh Bhatt. “Especially, a family like mine where everybody is so individualistic in their thoughts, opinion, life, career, and cinema.”
Clarifying on the rumours about doing Sadak 2, Alia further added, “I would love to work with Pooja; it will be an enriching experience. I am waiting for the day I get to work with her and hopefully, my dad [Mahesh Bhatt] can be part of that project.”
Alia Bhatt is busy with the promotions of Meghna Gulzar directorial Raazi. The film will narrate the story of an Indian spy named Sehmat, played by Alia Bhatt, who is married off to a Pakistani military officer. This is set in 1971 during the Indo- Pak war. It stars Vicky Kaushal as Alia’s husband and is slated to release on May 11, 2018.