Being filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's daughter doesn't make her privileged. Being successful doesn't make her snobbish. And despite all the luxuries and luck, Alia Bhatt says her survival in filmdom is as difficult as any outsider and she has to work harder too to stay put.
"We get a platform, but we work as hard as an outsider. It's not
my fault that my father is a director. He has made a mark, so I
can't go with that tag for the rest of my life," said Bhatt and
Soni Razdan's daughter.
Post her starry entry with "Student Of The Year"; she
hit a hat trick when her following two films - "Highway" and
States" - too hit the bull's eye at the box office. And
now all eyes are set on her next - "Humpty Sharma Ki
"Obviously my name will always be related to him because he is
my father. I agree if I had not been Mahesh Bhatt's daughter, the
visibility that a girl called Alia wanted to work wouldn't have
been there," Alia said in a group interview.
Despite having a Bhatt surname, she had to audition to bag the
lead role in "Student Of The Year".
Audiences and box office are not lenient with star kids and only
"If I had not proved myself with my other two films, then
audiences would not have accepted me. If I didn't have that in me
then obviously there would have been that struggle, but obviously
there was something that connected me with the audience that is
allowing me to be able to choose and be happy with my work," said
The young and successful 21-year-old claims to have her feet
"No, success shouldn't sink in because then it goes to your head
and you become over confident. Your work starts suffering. People
start getting irritated. I don't think that will ever help you to
grow as an actor and a performer," said the actress.
She doesn't only act, Alia sings too and went behind the mike to
croon "Main tenu samjhanva ki" for "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania", a
modern tribute to "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge".
Talking about her role in Shashank Khaitan's directorial, she
said: "I am playing a girl called Kavya who belongs to a small town
Ambala. Her concerns in life are very restricted. Her ambitions are
not too high.
"Her motto in life is very simple like getting married in designer Manish Malhotra's lehenga and therefore she is carefree. She is always stress free, unlike me... Kavya gets happy without thinking much. And that is the reason why she is one different type of girl."