Alia Bhatt has given some tremendous on-screen performances this year. Three of her films got released this year and were received well by the audience. Alia’s character of a Bihari migrant in Udta Punjab won her special accolades. She was also honoured for her performance in the film at the recent Star Screen Awards where she got the Best Actress trophy.
However, her journey as Bauria wasn’t that easy. Alia says that her character had much to read beyond just the darkened skin girl. She attended the Round Table conferences with Bollywood Actresses of late and took a moment to speak about what went behind being Bauria in Udta Punjab. She focused on the gang rape scene that she had to do in the film and mentioned that it is one of the most dark experiences she has had while shooting for any film in her career. She elaborated:
“Technically speaking, it was never ever graphic but while shooting … On set you want to be technical about it – ‘Han you come here, then this happens, then we’ll do that and I’ll scream and…’ So the face is all ‘Yeah, I’m with it, I’m okay with it because I’m acting’. But actually what’s happening inside is ‘I want this scene to get over. I just want this whole thing to get over.’ There used to be a walk in the lobby – walk to the lift and back to my room during Udta Punjab – I used to dread that walk everyday when I’d be getting out of my room, and I used to love the walk everyday when I’d be coming back to my room.”
Alia also added how she had to always pretend to be fine with such scenes. She said:
“Even though I love my work and my films, it was just weird to be in that situation, but what was most weird was pretending that I was cool on set.”