Many actresses, who have been here longer than the Bhatt girl — Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Parineeti Chopra — haven’t shared screen space with SRK. Here, Alia talks about all three Khans…
You will be sharing screen space with Shah Rukh Khan. What’s your first memory with him?
I met him first when dad took me to his house when a couple of relatives had come from Pakistan and they wanted to meet Shah Rukh. I remember he was very warm, charming, talkative, gave us lots of sandwiches and Coca-Cola to drink. I must have eaten some 15 sandwiches just sitting and staring at him.
Your favourite Shah Rukh films?
I love Darr, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, DDLJ, Chak De! India and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa.
Most senior actresses today are doing films with younger heroes, you are reversing the trend. Comment.
I carve my own path, I don’t follow trends, or have a herd mentality.
Wouldn’t sitting at home without work make you insecure?
Insecurity is there but it can be curbed. I think I go too much by my instinct which will not allow me to do a film for the sake of it. I have done all my films now based on my instinct and even if they didn’t work, it’s okay now as long as I know it’s my instinct and not a calculated decision.
Do you see yourself acting with Salman, Hrithik, Akshay, Aamir?
Why not? I want to do an out-and-out romantic song with Salman — the more romantic the better!
Don’t you look at it as a hindrance that you can’t romance SRK, Salman, Hrithik, Akshay, Aamir?
No. I am okay with scripts that don’t have me romancing them. The idea is not do a romantic film but do a film and play a character and be a part of a world that exists on screen which you make come to life with yourself. So it’s not about romance, but about doing a good film.