According to a report, Alia Bhatt said that her director Abhishek Verman recommended her to watch the show and that her character, Roop, in pre-partition drama ‘Kalank’ has several parallels with Kashaf. The Pakistani TV drama featured her Kapoor & Sons co-star Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed in lead roles.
“I watched a lot of old films like Mughal-E-Azam and Umrao Jaan to get an understanding of grace and body language. (And) I had to clean to my Hindi as I am speaking Urdu in the film. Abhishek asked me to watch Zindagi Gulzar Hai. The character of Kashaf, played by Sanam Saeed in the show is very much how, Roop, will deal with the situation,” Alia said in an interview to Press Trust of India.
The Gullyboy starlet further added, “The character of the girl (Kashaf played by Sanam Saeed) in the show is very much how [my character] Roop will deal with the situation. 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 be irritating”.
Sanan Saeed responded to Alia Bhatt’s comments on Twitter and said, "if this isn't made up news, I'm tickled pink. Best wishes."
@aliaa08 if this isn't made up news, I'm tickled pink . Best wishes. Xx— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) April 8, 2019
Kalank: Alia Bhatt reveals she drew inspiration from Sanam Saeed's 'Zindagi Gulzar Hai' character to prep for Roop https://t.co/3O1Vl48fCw via @dna
Zindagi Gulzar Hai aired in various countries and received a lot of praises from audiences around the world. Recently, Netflix launched Pakistan dramas and added the show to the list.
Alia first heard about the story of Kalank from Karan Johar during the promotion of her debut film ‘Student of the Year’ in 2012. “He had mentioned about the story is passing when we were promoting Student of the Year.’ But the story was different at that time. Later, I heard it from Abhishek and he said he was adapting the film in his own way. “
She further added, “After many months I realized Abhishek had written this role keeping me in mind. The process of this film coming to me was very organic,”
Alia Bhatt is now promoting her upcoming film with Varun Dhawan, Kalank. The movie is directed by Abhishek Varman and it also stars Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha. The film is slated to release on April 17.