Actress Alia Bhatt says she is taking her “Dear Zindagi” co-star Shah Rukh Khan’s advice — on being careful about being “too good too soon” — seriously.
On a recent appearance on “Koffee With Karan”, Shah Rukh praised Alia and described her as “one of the finest actors of the generation”.
He also said: “Alia is too good too soon. I don’t want her to get trapped in just doing great acting without experiencing everything in Indian cinema. If you become too good too soon, you may have inhibitions being bad at times. It is wonderful to be bad at the time.”
When asked if she feels any pressure of being praised by a superstar like SRK, the 23-year-old actress said, “Pressure is there either way. I heard that compliment and we have spoken about it many times. I feel overwhelmed when he says something like that to me.”
Alia spoke to the media on the sidelines of the unveiling of the cover of Filmfare Glamour and Style magazine on Monday evening.
Talking about the Bollywood Badshah, she said, “He is Shah Rukh Khan, but he is also somebody whom I have loved and admired all my life as an actor, star, and celebrity or as a person. Yes, that compliment meant a lot to me. I also do agree with him that I need to be bad. I also don’t want to burn out.”
“I don’t want to be performance-oriented and want to have some fun. Therefore, I am taking his advice very seriously. I will follow up and be back.”
Just recently, veteran actress Sharmila Tagore said that she would want Alia to play her on screen if a biopic is made on her late husband, cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
Reacting to that, the “Udta Punjab” star said: “We met recently at a show and she said she liked ‘Kapoor & Sons’. When legends like Sharmila ma’am or Shah Rukh Khan say things like that about you, it feels very nice. This industry is like a family. So it’s like elders motivating us. I can only say thank you to them.”
“If I get that opportunity to portray Sharmila ma’am on screen, I will perform it well,” she said.
Dear Zindagi is directed by Gauri Shinde and releases on November 25.