I want to stand out with my roles: Alia Bhatt

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt. Photo: AP  

After proving herself as a serious actress in ‘Highway’, Alia Bhatt wants her future film choices to be equally brave and varied.

Alia, daughter of film director Mahesh Bhatt, had a tailor—made entry into Bollywood with Karan Johar’s hit ‘Student of the Year’.

The 21—year—old actor, however, mostly impressed critics with her subsequent appearances in ‘Highway’ and ‘2 States’.

In her fourth film, Alia plays a gutsy heroine. “My character Kavya is very fiery and lively girl. She wears her heart on her sleeve. Coming from a small place, she holds her values dear — but she is a woman of today. She has a strong opinion. This is why she is the one who is carrying the hero in the film’s posters,” Alia told PTI.

The actress admits that the pressure has increased now that she has three films behind her, but she maintains that this will not influence her film choices.

“The pressure is always there. But I know that I want to do good films. I want to stand out with all my characters and I want to give the audience as much variety as possible,” she said.

She has reteamed with her ‘Student of the Year’ co—star Varun Dhawan for a second time for ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’. Alia says their chemistry will look good because they were more comfortable with camera.

“We were not as nervous and as confused about what we were supposed to do in front of the camera. It became very organic,” she said.

After recording ‘Sooha Saha’ for Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’, Alia took to the mic again to sing Rahet Fateh Ali—rendered ‘Samjhawan’ in an unplugged version.

The self—confessed bathroom singer was not scared to take on the popular number.

“I am not a professional singer. I knew that if I messed up I would not get as much flak. I love to sing. It gives me a certain sense of peace. I am not singing to impress anybody and I am very proud and happy that I got an opportunity to sing this song,” she says.

When asked whether she plans to take her singing skills beyond playback, Alia confirmed it:

“Definitely, I want to explore it. I was advised by A. R. Rahman to take my singing seriously and I am thinking about it.”

The film has been directed by debutant Shashank Khaitan and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’, slated to release this Friday, also marks the debut of TV actor Siddharth Shukla of ‘Balika Vadhu’ fame.

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