Dharma Productions has released the first look of Ali Bhatt from Student Of The Year.
Alia Bhatt, daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, plays the character of Shanaya in the Karan Johar directorial.
Speaking to the Times of India, Johar speaking about the 18-yea-old’s audition for the film said: “You should have seen this tubby girl singing to Sonam Kapoor’s song Bahara from I Hate Luv Storys, with all her jhatkas and matkas. It was hysterical! She was too good, putting her hair up and aping the typical Bollywood heroine to the hilt. I couldn’t help thinking, ‘Here is a modern, affluent girl who has the perfect mannerisms of a Hindi film heroine!'”
“The moment I saw her name on the shortlist, I told my assistant directors to call her in. I just asked her one thing, ‘Will you lose weight?’ Without blinking, she said yes. So, I packed her off to a dietician and three months later, she was back in my office, 16 kilos lighter, looking svelte and exuberant,” added the 40-year-old director.
Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment’s Student Of The Year releases on 19th October in the UK.