In a short span of time, Bollywood star Alia Bhatt has already left a huge mark in the industry. Making her debut with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year back in 2012, the starlet has proved her mettle as an actress. Her acting in Highway, Udta Punjab and Raazi was lauded by many, putting her in the list of one of the finest performers of Bollywood. She’s currently gearing up for the release of Brahmastra opposite beau Ranbir Kapoor and also working on Baahubali director’s RRR. Alia also has Sadak 2, Inshaallah and Takht lined up, along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai. The actress has also been very vocal in the past, and this time around, she is speaking up for former co-star Shahid Kapoor and his choice to play Kabir Singh.
After the release of Kabir Singh, many criticised the filmmaker and Shahid for essaying a problematic character. Now, Alia, who shared screen space with him in Udta Punjab and Shandaar, is defending the actor's choice. In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, Alia spoke about how an artist doesn't need to build barriers when it comes to choosing roles. She said, " If I keep too many barriers or limitations in my mind while choosing a film or the parts I am offered, it would not help me become a ‘massy’ actor. Cinema is art. Being an artist, these are the times when I should let my creative juices flow freely."
She continued, "I think I should be open to doing different kinds of characters and try and surprise the audience every time. I should try and form a balance, entertain the audience and at the same time play characters that satisfy my creative urge." And while Alia did stress on an performer's dedication and willingness to play each and every kind of character, she also realises her responsibility as a social influencer. She explained, "I am obviously responsible as a celebrity and do think what I am putting out for the audience. But I can’t be constantly thinking ‘What if my character is misinterpreted? What if the character isn’t giving out the right kind of message?' Then it would be very difficult for me to perform. Limiting myself, thinking how people will react to what I am playing on screen, is harmful."