Mumbai: From being a snob in Student Of The Year, a girl falling for her kidnapper in Highway to playing a Bihari immigrant in Udta Punjab, Alia Bhatt is surprising audiences and critics alike with her versatility one film after another. The actress calls herself a “director’s actor”, adding that with the right guidance, “sky is the limit” for her. “I think each character is different for me, but I am a director’s actor. So if I get the right vision and right guidance from my director, I think sky is the limit for me,” Alia told IANS. Even though she’s all of 23, there’s no mincing words on critics’ part when it comes to praising how well Alia slips into different roles with such an ease that it’s tough to see any trace of her own personality on the silver screen.
The daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and yesteryear actress Soni Razdan believes that the process to get into the skin of the character differs with each film. “It really depends on the film. For instance, for Udta Punjab, I had to prepare a lot as there were a lot of things involved with regards to preparation — like the dialect and body language. “And say for a film like Highway, I was just going with the flow and by my director’s vision,” said the young talent, who hasn’t tried method acting yet. For her debut project Student of the Year, directed by Karan Johar, Alia had to lose oodles of weight.
And her four-year-long career has seen her deliver laudable performances in films like Highway, 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Kapoor and Sons. Only last year’s Shaandaar turned out to be a damp squib at the box office. In Udta Punjab – which Alia feels is “definitely the most difficult film” of her career — she is seen as a Bihari immigrant trying to break away from the shackles of the drug menace in Punjab. As part of her role, she brings forward dreams of a Bihari hockey champion, who leaves her hometown in search of fame and success, and gets caught among drug peddlers.
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