Alia Bhatt Nervous and Worried

Alia Bhatt says, “the first 20 days are the best part of promotions”.

What makes Alia Bhatt nervous and worried before her film releases?

She’s had a string of hit films, ever since her debut with Student Of The Year, followed by Udta Punjab, Kapoor & Sons, Dear Zindagi and Badrinath Ki Dulhania. And so, one might assume that Alia Bhatt must have mastered the art of dealing with pre and post-release jitters around her film’s release.

Alia has “learnt to live with it”, she told HT Café. “Honestly, the first 20 days are the best part of promotions. You are so busy that you don’t have the time to think. So, nothing goes through the mind. Whatever goes through my mind happens three to four days before a film’s release. That’s the time when you start getting worried and nervous.”

The young gun feels that even if people are saying “good things about you,” one hopes to not let them down. “And if that’s not the case, you hope that you are able to get them to do that. So, you go through all these little things. No matter what, I have realized that you are always nervous on the first day of the shoot. It’s nerve-wracking and the release day is the double of that. Now, I’ve learnt to live with it,” said Alia Bhatt.

The 24-year-old recalls a special episode vis-à-vis Shah Rukh Khan, saying, “I remember when Dear Zindagi was going to be released, Shah Rukh messaged me (before he left for the US to meet his son Aryan) saying, ‘I know what it is like when a film releases. The actor tends to feel alone because once the film releases, the buzz has gone and suddenly, you feel blank.’ And it was lovely because unknowingly, someone understood it so beautifully. Then, I realized that it’s not just me; everyone else feels the same.”

During Highway (2014), the petite actress realized that, “It’s like you are giving your film to the audiences. You go through these little feelings. And who doesn’t like to be praised? Tomorrow, if I meet a random woman at the airport and if she tells me how much she loved my work in my film, I will feel very blessed,” says Alia.