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Alia Bhatt: Sidharth Malhotra is absolutely retarded; Fawad Khan is mesmerizing

March 16, 2016 7:20:29 PM IST
By Shaheen Irani, Glamsham Editorial
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Alia Bhatt is often known for her cuteness and amazing acting skills. With KAPOOR & SONS release coming close by, we are expecting to see her at the normal best. Well, she spoke to us in length about her role in the movie, working with Fawad and Sidharth and much more.


KAPOOR & SONS is a typical dysfunctional family story. So how much does this girl next door add spice to the film?
Definitely she will add a bit of laughter. Because Tia's character is one of those girls who is just randomly happy about everything, who loves life and has fun in each and every moment. She is constantly playing pranks on people and messing around with them. She is someone who is trying to find goodness in everything. So there is lot of depth to her but she also has the lightest side in the film.

How similar are you in real life to your on-screen character?
If you see 'Kar Gayi Chull', the way she is dancing and the way she is partying, I am like that when I am with the people I love and with my friends. But I can really go down as well. I am a very moody person, a typical Piscean. So all that really works against me sometimes, but there are a few similarities. I am not as vocal and chilled out as she (my character in the film) is. I am a little more hyper. She has a very simple and normal approach to life.

In STUDENT OF THE YEAR you were working with Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. Now in KAPOOR & SONS, you again have two co-stars Sidharth and Fawad Khan. How easy was it for you to work this time?
There is never something easy or difficult in terms of playing characters. Our film is not a love triangle. The plot doesn't really revolve around that angle. It's about relationships. Working with both of them was lovely. We had a blast. There were constant games on the sets - playing cricket, dumb-charades, gold-spot. We were only playing games. I don't know when we shot. It was just like a game-fest with we shooting in between. We had too much fun when we are all together in Coonoor.

Who is the craziest between the two- Sidharth or Fawad?
They both are crazy in their own ways. Sid is absolutely retarded; he is always pulling people's legs. Fawad has his own sense of sarcasm and humour.

'Not here to be known as a pretty face'

How was it working with Fawad?
It was lovely. I was completely blown away by his performance, the way he delivers as an actor and transports you to another world. Now I see why the women are going crazier over him. He is so mesmerizing as an actor and has so much to offer on-screen. His presence is so strong and his eyes speak so much.

Your last film SHAANDAAR didn't do well at the box office. So what do you think went wrong with that film?
I don't think that one can really point out to one thing that went wrong. Definitely I would not point fingers towards one person. It was a collaborative effort to make a film. I just feel that it didn't come together. What we intended to make and what we achieved didn't have any synergy. The film probably seemed a bit disjointed when you saw it. But no hard feelings against any situation as such. I still have no regrets about doing that film because I have a lot of pleasant memories and have learnt a lot from it. I feel that I needed that setback where one of my films didn't do well. Because all my films before that did well. In fact after that film (SHAANDAAR) I have become way calmer. As a person, in my head, I am not hyperventilating about everything. If it's a good film it will always do well.

HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA released in June 2014 and then there was a huge gap before you did SHAANDAAR. This year you have three films releasing back-to-back. So is there any pressure or is it the way you like it?
I don't really have this balance in my hand. I wish that I could have just two films releasing a year. But I always feel that one should break the monotony. There shouldn't be a pattern like oh, one release in July and one in November. Instead it should be like people should expect and not expect.

You took HIGHWAY as your second film which nobody expected from you since you were a newcomer then. Now you have UDTA PUNJAB which again deals with a dark theme. Are you trying to balance the types of films that you do?
Honestly speaking, UDTA PUNJAB was not even offered to me. No one would have thought, at least the director didn't think that I would do the film. He didn't even come to me with it. Shahid gave me the film to read. He said that you just read it and let me what you think. And then I just fell in love with the film. I said that I have to do this film. That's how it happened. But it is a conscious effort to balance it out. I don't want to be known as a pretty face. That's not for what I am here.

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