It`s not shallow to care about clothes, make-up: Alia Bhatt
Mumbai: Alia Bhatt, who sported a de-glam look in her second film `Highway`, may not be "constantly fashionable" but she says there is nothing wrong in being fashion conscious.
The actress made her debut as an upmarket glamorous girl in `Student of the Year`.
"I am closer to my second character. But I don`t think it`s shallow to care about clothes and make-up. Every girl likes to dress up. I didn`t really begin to care about my looks until I started acting. Now I enjoy dressing up. But I am not constantly fashionable. There are days when I am in pyjamas at home," she said in an interview.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q. Which is closer to the real Alia, the shallow clothes horse in "Student Of The Year" or the sensitive pained girl in "Highway"?
A. I am closer to my second character. But I don`t think it`s shallow to care about clothes and make-up. Every girl likes to dress up. I didn`t really begin to care about my looks until I started acting. Now I enjoy dressing up. But I am not constantly fashionable. There are days when I am in pyjamas at home.
Q. Not looking good is not an option for you?
A. You think so? (laughs) In that case I`ll have to be more careful about my appearance.
Q. How do you rate yourself in "2 States"?
A. I haven`t seen the film. But I love my character in "2 States". She is very different from the girls that I`ve played in my first two films. She is strong and mature. Which I am at times. At other times, I am not. But the emotions in "2 States" were all new to me. I may be speaking too soon. But the director Abhishek Varman is absolutely fantastic.
Q. Will you live up to the audience`s expectations in "2 States"?
A. Expectations will always be there. But I can`t be thinking about that all the time. Only when the film is out, then all the anxieties will sink in. But I still feel I am too new to raise too many expectations. I am okay with failing.
Q. That`s Mahesh Bhatt`s daughter speaking?
A. My father was the most excited after seeing "Highway". He told me he couldn`t sleep after seeing my performance. To me that`s very personal triumph. My father`s approval means a lot to me. Actually, my entire family`s approval means a lot to me. But my father`s approval means a little more since he is a fantastic filmmaker and can separate Alia the daughter from Alia the actress.
Q. Maybe you bring out the fantastic side of all your directors?
A. Nooooo, that`s giving me too much credit. The novel "2 States" was so good. We could easily go wrong in the screen adaptation. I hope people don`t feel so. Because we`ve worked genuinely hard to keep the spirit of the novel intact in the film.
Q. Which was harder in "2 States" - playing a South Indian or playing a wife?
A. Speaking Tamil was really hard for me. Fortunately, I didn`t have to play the Tamil girl in a loud caricatural way. She is a city girl. She can be from any part of the world. The Tamil side of her comes out when she`s speaking to her parents. I didn`t have to learn too much Tamil.