Be it a wedding or a game of antakshari, true Bollywood fans know that Shah Rukh Khan's songs will save the day. But who could have guessed that they were actually therapeutic for young Alia Bhatt?
The actress, who's next set to appear in a film with Shah Rukh Khan, told The Hindustan Times: "I would dance to songs like ‘Yeh larka hai deewana’ and ‘Koi mil gaya’. In fact, not many know that I even got the same haircut that Kajol sported in the film. I would also perform to some tracks from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and even to ‘Bole chudiyaan’ from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)."
Talking about her impending onscreen romance with SRK, the actresses confessed to feeling nervous about sharing screen space with him this year: "I think I will die. I’ve been dancing to ‘Gerua’ in my bathroom since its release. Whenever I like a new song, I play it on loop and dance to it. That’s my therapy. I don’t need a psychiatrist when I have SRK’s songs!"
"Someone asked me, “Do you feel the pressure?” the actress continued. "And I said, 'I do, and sometimes you want to die because there is so much pressure.' Of course, it’s an exaggerated statement. I don’t mean that. What I mean is that sometimes, there’s too much pressure. But now I keep myself away from the constant pressure I was feeling. I want to enjoy this phase of my life."
Although still a new face in the industry Alia knows well how to cope up with stress: "I’ve realised that this isn’t the time for me to stress about my work. I have been acting for the past three years, and I have wanted to do this since I was three. So, I should enjoy the fact that I am finally doing it. I should be grateful about it, instead of thinking, “What will happen next?” That’s no way to live," she said.
While it might be a good year for Alia given that she's roped in with Shahrukh and Ranbir Kapoor for two separate films, she has no regrets over Shandaar's failure: "I don’t regret doing that film. When I signed it, I did so based on the script, and not because it was a film being made by Vikas (Bahl), who directed Queen (2014). So, now if Vikas comes to me, I am not going to say, “I won’t work with you, as we did a film together, which didn’t work.” That would be wrong on my part. I still stand by my film. Sometimes things work out well and sometimes they don’t. But the experience will always be special," she shared.
She also doesn't mince word when asked about dealing with failure at a young age: "Even at 30 or 40, if something doesn’t do well, it still hurts. If I pinch someone, the pain is going to be the same whether the person is young or old. The question is, “Do you cry about it, or learn and move on?” It’s the way you take it (failure). I wasn’t explaining, defending or pointing fingers. You can’t be ungrateful. I have to learn from it and keep all those things in mind when I am making film choices in the future," she added.