`Highway` is Alia`s `Arth`: Mahesh Bhatt
Mumbai: Not one to be blinded by parental affection, he is yet to give an acting break to his son Rahul, but filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is clean-bowled by his youngest daughter Alia Bhatt`s performance in Imtiaz Ali`s `Highway`.
He said: "I saw Alia in `Highway`. Alia overwhelms you with her heartbreaking sincerity. Her journey has begun. This is Alia`s `Arth`. `Highway` is a film that will sparkle in Alia`s filmography."
Alia`s mother and actress-filmmaker Soni Razdan is set to direct the youngster in a film based on the notorious Nanavati murder case that shook Mumbai`s beau monde way back in 1959. Pooja Bhatt will produce it.
The original plan was to cast Alia with Randeep Hooda, but they were already doing "Highway" together, therefore, a hunt is on for another leading man to be paired with the actress.
Interestingly, while conversing with Karan Johar on the latter`s talk show Bhatt had described Imtiaz`s `Rockstar` as the most overrated film.
But he seems to have liked the director`s `Highway` a lot more.
He said: "It is an outstanding film. Imtiaz Ali staggers you with his simplicity. It is bare, harsh and truthful."