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'Gosh, I was panicky, as I fired the revolver': Alia Bhatt

Tuesday, May 08, 2018
By Chaitanya Padukone

After legendary Amitabh Bachchan and singer  Asha Bhosle,  yet another ‘AB’ who is making Indian cinematic history is Alia Bhatt, with her versatile, intense performances. Like her eminent film-maker father Mahesh Bhatt, off-screen, the ‘Udta Punjab’ actress  is spontaneous, witty yet outspoken. Based on a true story-novel, her upcoming film ‘Raazi’ directed by Meghna Gulzar (of ‘Talvar’ fame) has the exuberant Bhatt playing a young de-glam Kashmiri woman ‘Sehmat’ who is coaxed to ‘spy’ on Pakistani defence strategies during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The chulbuli ‘Sehmat’marries a macho Pakistani Army officer (played by Vicky Kaushal) and carries out a series of daring missions, putting herself at constant risk.

How was it working with ‘perfectionist’ Madame Gulzar ? “A  fabulous learning experience working with Meghna-ji. In fact, she is one of the most meticulous directors that I have worked with and her world feels so real and you are tugged right into it,” insists the ‘accident-prone’ bubbly Bhatt, who had to diligently train under experts to make her ‘Raazi’ character look authentic in the period film. “Besides watching a few retro-movies of to absorb that feel,  I was coached for my local Urdu dialect , for the Morse code, driving a huge Jonga vehicle and for revolver-target shooting.

While firing from a revolver, I  screamed in panic at the crew asking them to ‘move –out-and-away’. That’s when I was alerted, that it was only a ‘blank firearm’ with no bullets,” chuckles Alia, who has her real-life dignified actress-mother Soni Razdan as one of her co-stars in ‘Raazi’. Among Bhatt’s upcoming releases during this year, are Zoya Akhtar’s hip hop-theme musical Gully Boy (with co-star Ranveer Singh), Brahmastra and this period drama Kalank.

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