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Why Alia Bhatt chose Udta Punjab over Rock On 2

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The very talented 'Star Of The Year' Alia Bhatt is flooded with offers, so much so that she's now in a dilemma as to which offers to choose and which ones to lose.

Alia Bhatt was lately offered debutant director Shujaat Saudagar's Rock On 2 and Abhishek Chaubey's Udta Punjab, both to start shooting at around the same time in 2015. After much deliberation that also included her father Mahesh Bhatt, Alia opted to do Abhishek Chaubey's film with Shahid Kapoor, her second consecutive film after Vikas Bahl's Shaandaar with the same co-star.

While Alia refrained from commenting on Rock On 2, a source reveals why she chose Udta Punjab over Rock On 2. "Rock On 2 is an ensemble cast and the girl's part is that of the band member who replaces Luke Kenny whose character died in Rock On. If you see her roles so far, Alia has done only solo-heroine films. This is not to say she won't work in films with an ensemble cast. But if she's offered something as challenging as Udta Punjab which tests her abilities further and where she's the female lead opposite Shahid, then why not this?"

Incidentally there were rumours that the female lead in Udta Punjab had been offered to two of Shahid Kapoor's ex-girlfriends, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.

"All a figment of some writers' imagination. Alia Bhatt was Abhishek Chaubey's first choice. The director waited for Alia to sort out her dates," says the source.

When one asked Alia about her rejection of Rock On 2 and acceptance of Udta Punjab she said, "Shall we just stick to Udta Punjab? I said a big YES to that!"

When asked why two back-to-back films with Shahid, Alia shot back, "Why not?"


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