Alia Bhatt is readying herself for a role of a lifetime.
She will be starring in an upcoming multi-starrer, Kalank, that features the likes of Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit.
Bhatt will essay Roop, a girl who is full of life. Describing the 25-year-old's character on Instagram, Sinha took to Instagram and wrote, "Free, bound only by love."
However, the Gully Boy star took some serious inspiration for her role from none other than Sanam Saeed's character, Kashaf, in Zindagi Gulzar Hai, reported DNA India.
In an interview to the PTI, Bhatt shares that in order to prepare for her look and diction in the pre-Partition drama, she turned to classic films such as Mughal-E-Azam, Umrao Jaan and hit Pakistani drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai.
The actor said her director, Abhishek Varman recommended her the show, which also featured her Kapoor & Sons co-star Fawad Khan as male lead.
“I watched a lot of old films like Mughal-E-Azam and Umrao Jaan to get an understanding of grace and body language. I had to clean my Hindi as I am speaking Urdu in the film," the Raazi actor commented. "Abhishek asked me to watch Zindagi Gulzar Hai. The character of the girl in the show is very much how Roop will deal with the situation."
Bhatt continued, “She has responsibility on her shoulders so she is not always a happy person. She is vulnerable yet strong. It is difficult (to bring so many) layers – unhappy, vulnerable and strong to a character. Abhishek kept saying that I should not be irritating."
The actor first heard the story of Kalank from ace Bollywood director Karan Johar while she was promoting her debut film, Student of the Year in 2012.
“He had mentioned about the story in passing when we were promoting Student of the Year. But the story was different at that time," the Highway star remarked. "Later, I heard it from Abhishek and he said he was adapting the film in his own way. After many months, I realised Abhishek had written this role keeping me in mind. The process of this film coming to me was very organic."
Bhatt shared that starring in a multi-starrer like Kalank was a learning experience for her.
“I was excited to be a part of this film as I (thought I) would get an opportunity to work with so many different actors and I would pick something up from everybody," she said. “I used to chat with Sanju sir and talk about my dad (Mahesh Bhatt) and with Madhuri ma’am about diet. With Sonakshi, we used to talk about random things and Aditya was very quiet initially. He opened up later.”
The film is set to be released on April 17.
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