Aalia Bhatt speaks to Manju Ramanan on her way and the Highway
Your role in Highway is starkly different from your previous role ? Did you choose the film to establish that difference?
This film came to me, I read the script and did it. I didn’t do it to make news at that point. I just went with my heart.
Have you seen India this closely as a child as much as you have seen in this film?
Not at all. When you go out on a holiday, you don’t to these spaces. You are into another space, you are lavish, you sight-see. I never saw these places I have seen. Here we were on the road always.
What did you discover about yourself through this travel?
It is a new discovery altogether. Honestly we all need an experience that shakes you up – it could happen when you are young, when you turn old or in your middle age.
What are the aspects of the film that stay with you?
The whole thing. I cannot point out to one thing. Every minute was different. But you are never the same person at the end of the filming. I cherish the days at Karza and at Sambhar in Jaipur where I celebrated my birthday on the set.
What do you admire most about your character in the film?
I have no idea.I enjoyed being her and would go back to being her again. I connected to her character.
Did you indulge in street food throughout your journey and what did you like the most?
Not too much but every now and then.
What is your most favourite travel based film apart from this one?
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
What do you admire about Imtiaz Ali’s style of film making?
He is very honest in his work
Any particular region that you will go back to soon?
Kaaza because it is beautiful.
Tell us about your future films and how different will they be as compared to Highway?
In my next film Two States I am playing a South Indian MBA student. In the film after it, I play a Punjabi, so every film is different.