Alia Bhatt: My successes have taught me a lot more than failure

No one in the industry, now or earlier, has had a career like Alia Bhatt. The Raazi actress has not only given hits after hots, but each of her performances have been better than her previous act and a masterclass in acting. Bhatt has only had one flop to her credit – Shaandaar. Speaking about success and failure and how Miss Bhatt goes about it, she told a leading daily, “Apparently, nothing teaches you more than failure. But for me, I have had one failure and that did teach me a lot. My successes have taught me a lot more. I also give a lot of credit to my family and friends. Whenever things are going well, they keep reminding me that I should stay grounded, sane and simple. Ayan (Mukerji) recently told me, ‘You should tie some weight to your feet so that you can stay on the ground’ (laughs). I constantly have these people telling me this. For me, the process is more important. So, on the day of release, whatever nervousness I have just vanishes. Whatever the fate of the film may be, I don’t overthink it.”

The Kalank actress also spoke about people’s expectations from her and her kind of cinema. “Yes, there’s a certain responsibility I feel towards the audience. It’s not that I’m going to neglect the fact that 99 per cent of my films have done really well. I also understand that when they come in with a certain expectation, it’s not just me but also because of the trailer and the content that’s already been put out. However, I’m happy to have this expectation on my shoulders. That’s probably pushing me to work harder because I’ll still make instinctive choices. My choices will never get manipulated by other’s expectations. But my attitude towards work will get better. The more things are getting better, the more efforts I’m putting. I don’t think I was as hard-working two years ago. Now is the time to be even more focussed and attentive,” she said.

Alia Bhatt will be seen in Kalank next, which also stars Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Sanjay Dutt, scheduled to release on April 17.

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