For the uninitiated, Alia had ample reservations about accepting the Imtiaz Ali-helmed flick, as she wasn't too convinced about pulling off such a difficult act. It was Imtiaz's confidence in her that finally made Alia nod assent to the HIGHWAY offer.
In retrospect, the actress must be pleased as punch... since the film has invested her with memories that she asserts will remain indelible.
''Every moment of filming HIGHWAY will remain very firmly etched in my memory,'' she says, ''That's because, whatever I was doing in the film and otherwise during the filming, I was doing it for the very first time.''
Singling out sterling highlights of HIGHWAY Alia states, ''I celebrated my 20th birthday during the filming of HIGHWAY and it was great fun! Then, of course, was the A.R. Rahman song number that I did. I had never imagined in my wildest dreams that one day I would be singing for A.R. Rahman!''
Adds she,''In STUDENT OF THE YEAR, I had to bother about my clothes and make-up. Since, I was without make-up in HIGHWAY, I didn't have to bother about touch-ups and it was such a relief! Also, the more crumpled the clothes, the better it looked, in keeping with the character that I was playing in the film.''