Alia Bhatt reveals why she moved out of her parents' house in Mumbai

Updated: Dec 13, 2016, 09:42 IST | Sonil Dedhia

Just over a week since moving into her new house with sister Shaheen, Alia Bhatt feels homesick; can't help but keep visiting parents who stay barely 10 steps away

Alia Bhatt in her new house. Pic/Prasad Naik for Architectural Digest India (october issue)Alia Bhatt in her new house. Pic/Prasad Naik for Architectural Digest India (October issue)

After delivering three back-to-back hits this year — Kapoor & Sons, Udta Punjab, and Dear Zindagi — Alia Bhatt, at 23, celebrated her success in a way by shifting into her new home with sister Shaheen. The apartment that was bought last July isn’t a long way off from her parents, Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan’s home. “My old home is 10 steps away from where I now live. So, there is no question of missing my parents.”

The need for an independent space arose more out of necessity than rebellion. “I never intended to stay alone. Why would I, when I have my family? But, often, I host acting workshops at my place or am busy with narration and I didn't wish to eat into my parents’ space," she tells hitlist.

Alia admits it feels “strange” to live alone, though she continues to spend two days a week with Mahesh and Soni to allow for a smooth transition. Initially, Mahesh was against the idea of her moving out, but was finally persuaded. “A father will always be concerned. He argued, saying that I could have my own space in our old home, but I somehow convinced him.”

Interestingly, the moving away is only on the personal front. Professionally, she is about to experience a homecoming of sorts, with the actress signing her first project with Mahesh and brother Mukesh Bhatt’s production house, Vishesh Films.

Alia, who recently won the Kamaal Ki Jodi award at Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards along with Varun Dhawan, will be paired with rumoured beau Sidharth Malhotra in Aashiqui 3, most likely to be directed by Mohit Suri. She says, “I am hoping it works out soon. I never denied my presence in Aashiqui 3. It’s just that I am waiting for the script so I can talk more about the film. As of now, there is a basic idea in place but the script is not ready. It’ll take a while before we roll.”

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