Bollywood newbies Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt put on a show of fine camaraderie when they came to Jaipur. As Arjun walked in, people called him ‘Bala’ – the name of his character in Gunday, and he was flattered, he said. “If you are known by the name of the character, it is really flattering. It means that you have done justice to the character you played on screen,” said Arjun.
Alia said to play the role of a south Indian girl, she had to learn a few Tamil phrases and also try and master few very basic Bharatanatyam steps. “It’s a very refined form of dance, and one cannot learn it in few days, but I did watch dance videos of Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan so that I can give my best,” she said, adding that she didn’t want to be compared with anyone in the industry. “I do want to create my own identity,” she said, “I only want to be a good actor. Though people talk so highly about me after seeing my performance in Highway, I still remember the time when my first film released and people would say that she won’t go long and is not a good actor.
It really pained me, but no amount of success or failure will change me ever. I don’t think I have managed to make a mark, and I am still known as Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter. But I am sure that one day he will be known as Alia Bhatt’s father.”