Alia Bhatt`s Berlin connection

IANS| Updated: Feb 12, 2014, 18:31 PM IST

Mumbai: It`s a known fact that Alia Bhatt`s forthcoming film `Highway` will be premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, but very few know that the actress` grandmother was born in the city.

Alia`s father, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt took to Twitter to share his family`s connection with Berlin.

"Alia Bhatt has a unique connection with Berlin. It`s just incredible that her film `Highway` is premiering in Berlin," he posted on the microblogging site Wednesday.

"Many years ago, in 1929, Alia`s grandmother was born in Berlin. Yes, she`s German. Sadly, she had to leave Berlin in 1937," he added.

Not only was Alia`s grandmother born in Berlin, but the family also owned a newspaper against Adolf Hitler.

"Alia`s great-grandfather was running an underground newspaper against Hitler. He was found out and imprisoned for two years," Mahesh wrote, adding that the actress` grandmonther and great-grandmother "walked across the border to Czechoslovakia" and sought refuge in England.

This spirit of "rebellion" will be reflected in Alia`s performance in her film "Highway", a film which promises to bring out Alia`s acting abilities through her portrayal of a girl, who is kidnapped.

"The spirit of rebellion, embedded in `Highway`, is a part of Alia`s legacy. It comes from her great-grandfather," he said.

Directed by Imtiaz Ali, the film also stars Randeep Hooda and will hit screens Feb 21.