Alia Bhatt arrives for the special screening of her film Raazi at a Juhu multiplex. Raazi, a period thriller, is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat, about an Indian spy married to a Pakistani military officer during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. The film, also starring Vicky Kaushal, releases on May 11. All pictures/Yogen Shah
Alia Bhatt's mother Soni Razdan was also spotted at the special screening of Raazi. "I'm quite impressed by the way she has managed to choose her films correctly. She has done everything very instinctively. She has very strong instincts and she relies on them. The quality I really admire in her is, if she wants to do something she will do it with all heart. If not, she won't," Soni Razdan told PTI
Soni Razdan, who has shared screen space with Alia for the first time in director Meghna Gulzar's Raazi, says she always knew her daughter would pursue acting. "She used to dance and was always a performer. I thought she could be an actor when she was just two-and-a-half years old," she adds. Talking about working with Alia, Razdan, who plays her on-screen mother in the film, says they did not bring their personal relationship on the sets. "When I am on set, something else takes over. The external world fades away. So she wasn't Alia and I wasn't Soni. We were Sehmat and Teji."
Alia Bhatt's Brahmastra co-star Ranbir Kapoor also attended the special screening of Raazi. Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor wrapped up the first shooting schedule of Brahmastra in Bulgaria in late March. Alia shared a snapshot on social media with Ranbir and director Ayan Mukerji
Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt exit the multiplex post-Raazi screening. Ranbir Kapoor is currently promoting his upcoming film Sanju. Based on the life of Sanjay Dutt, Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju showcases the various facets of the yesteryear actor's life. The film traces the journey of the now 58-year-old actor's life right from his youth to the present. The teaser of the film garnered immense appreciation for the apt portrayal of Sanjay Dutt's life. While Ranbir Kapoor is being showered with praises for his amazing transformation into each phase of Sanjay Dutt's life, Rajkumar Hirani is hailed for his realistic portrayal.
Soni Razdan is happy with the way Alia Bhatt's career is shaping up, but feels it is "okay" for the young actor to face failures. "Failure is a part of life. Nobody wants to make a film that doesn't work. It doesn't mean you didn't do your best or everyone on that set didn't. Take it on the chin. She (Alia) has been fortunate enough to not have many failures. But it's ok to fail as much as it's ok to be successful," she says.
Shweta Bachchan Nanda also attended the special screening of Raazi. Amitabh Bachchan's daughter Shweta will soon release her debut novel Paradise Towers, a heart-warming slice-of-life novel set in an apartment building in Mumbai
Shweta Bachchan Nanda is married to businessman Nikhil Nanda, the son of Ritu Nanda, the daughter of the legendary Raj Kapoor. They have a daughter Navya Naveli Nanda and son Agastya Nanda
Amruta Khanvilkar also attended the special screening of Raazi. Amruta has a plum role in Meghna Gulzar's film. Amruta and hubby, telly actor Himmanshoo Malhotra, had won Nach Baliye 7 in 2015
Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal's chemistry is among the prominent elements that cinegoers should watch out for, when heading for Raazi. Kaushal admits that the comfort that translated on screen was a result of the bond they shared off it. "We made the effort to be at ease with one another between shots. Alia is easy to bond with. She is transparent, and doesn't have the airs of being a star. When you talk to her, you talk to the person she is. That kind of energy helps you connect. Such people help in uplifting the co-actor's work. I believe, I did a better job in the film than I am capable of because I had a co-actor like her, and a director like Meghna Gulzar." Vicky Kaushal all smiles as he pose for photographers at the special screening of Raazi
Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar says her father and celebrated writer Gulzar's inputs for a movie are like a painter's last stroke which leave a lasting impression. The father-daughter duo joined creative forces for the forthcoming release Raazi. Sharing her experience of working with her father, Meghna said: "He has supervised dialogues, script of the film and penned down the lyrics I think his inputs in films are like painter's last stroke of the painting which changes emotion of that painting altogether... He is like that."
Anu Dewan at the special screening of Raazi in Juhu
Producer Karan Johar at the special screening of his film Raazi
Karan Johar's mother Hiroo Johar at the special screening of Raazi
Sanjay Suri also attended the special screening of Raazi