Alia Bhatt happy with ‘Raazi’ success

Alia Bhatt is happy with the positive response to her latest film Raazi, but admits she wasn’t expecting it.

“Since the beginning, we thought that we were making a small film, so we didn’t feel we would get so much attention and love from the audience,” Bhatt said.

Bhatt was talking to the media along with her co-star Vicky Kaushal in Mumbai.

“We were proud of the film but the kind of unanimous reaction we are getting for the film is amazing. We all are pleasantly shocked. I am really happy, especially for [director] Meghna Gulzar because I think she hasn’t slept for God knows how many months,” she added.

“She was so nervous before the release of the film but the audience has given so much love that we are so grateful. Some people were crying after watching the film and I feel really happy when I make people cry through my films. Then I feel we have done our job,” the actress said.

Bhatt has played different kinds of character in a short span of time. What goes through her mind while playing her various roles?

“I feel nervous from inside but I feel very excited and because of that I try do so many things in terms of my preparations,” she said. “I think the biggest aspect of doing a film is that you have to be a good student of a director and whatever directors demands from you, you should be able to give that because it’s a director’s film and we are just actors who take forward the vision of the director and writer,” Bhatt said.

Raazi is set during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.

Reacting to the Pakistan censor board’s decision to ban Raazi in the country, Bhatt said: “This is not a call that we are involved in. There are so many Indian films which don’t get released in Pakistan. I don’t think it’s personal when it comes to our film. In this film, we are not taking anyone’s side or doing any kind of bashing. Obviously, we will hope that it gets released there as well but we have no hard feelings whatsoever.”

After Raazi, Bhatt has an impressive line-up of films that includes Gully Boy, Kalank and Brahmastra.

“The shooting of films is continuously going on day and night. Kalank is an epic drama so there is so much fun doing it,” Bhatt said.