Alia Bhatt will be completing a decade of her career, and has worked with the leading talents of Indian film industry. She was seen with stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt in Dear Zindagi and Sadak 2, respectively. Now, in her upcoming film, Gangubai Kathiawadi, she is all set to share the screen space with Ajay Devgn. In a conversation with Siddharth Kannan, Alia spoke about the longevity of these actors in cinema. She said the only reason is their "hard work, consistency, and connection with the audience" that has worked in their favour.
"There are too many factors. The main thing is that you put your life and soul into working, and that’s the only reason you’ll survive, "Alia said, adding that the film industry is the "most brutal industry." And until you don’t give your 100% to it, "you won’t survive more than six months or a year." She said, be it Ajay or Shah Rukh, they do not come with the baggage of being a superstar to the set. They come, they do their job, they go home, and they return the next day to repeat the same. "When I see superstars, they are very normal, not really creating a big fuss or whatever. They are stars to the audience, but at the end of the day, when they come on the sets, they are working, "she continued.
Talking about working with Ajay, Alia said while she didn’t get to share much of the screen time with the actor, she is pretty sure she could be friends with him. "He doesn’t treat me like a junior. He treats me normally; asks me questions, hears me out. Whenever we did hang out or speak on sets, we were talking normally. I don’t know how to explain it, but there was no barrier, "Alia said, adding that her bond with Shah Rukh Khan is "really different." "We really got along. Even though our on-set time was limited, I got to spend time with him during the promotions. Shah Rukh is somebody I feel very comfortable with. He, I can say, is my friend because I spent way more time with him than he did. But I tell you, I can also become friends with Ajay Devgn. I am a very friendly person, "Alia giggled. Summing up her relationship with Sanjay Dutt, Alia recalled how, while working on Sadak 2, he wanted her to call him ‘chachu’ (uncle). "Sanju is different. He treats me like a baby. It is also because of his relationship with my dad. He’s always like, "Call me Chachu.’ That’s the way he is, "Alia concluded. At present, Alia is looking forward to the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi. The film marks her first project with SLB, while Ajay has worked with him since the 1999 hit Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.