Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt at the launch of song 'Ikk Kudi' from 'Udta Punjab' in Mumbai. All Pics/Nimesh Dave
Alia Bhatt says enacting a hockey player was physically quite challenging for her and she had to push herself to look convincing on screen
Alia Bhatt will be seen in a completely deglam avatar as a migrant Bihari labourer, who is a hockey player, in director Abhishek Chaubey's 'Udta Punjab'
"It was hectic and physically very demanding kind of a film. I had to push myself despite the injuries I had. I trained for hockey before starting the film. One would need to have a lot of years of practice to pull that off convincingly," Alia told reporters at the launch of 'Ikk Kudi' song from 'Udta Punjab'
Alia Bhatt said as an actor she was just 'pretending' to know how to play hockey, with help from coach and students who got her to achieve the perfect body language
"I did try, worked hard, wanted to be comfortable with the hockey stick, and bring out a certain ease which comes from the body language of hockey players. There is a little strength and force and I wanted to bring that in my character," Alia Bhatt said
Alia Bhatt says she was avoided on the sets of the film 'Udta Punjab' as she was unrecognizable in her look
"When we started shooting, I walked on to the sets and I was avoided by all. Nobody realised that it was me. Suddenly when I spoke to Chaubey, everybody realised and took five steps back. They felt they had made a blunder," said Alia Bhatt at the launch of the song 'Ikk Kudi' from the film 'Udta Punjab'
Composed by Amit Trivedi, 'Ikk Kudi' is a soulful slow Punjabi song. The video of the track shows Alia, who plays an aspiring hockey player, striving to get her first chance to display her talent and how she eventually gets one
Speaking about her character, Alia said: "If a character is angry or upset or distraught, Alia doesn't have anything to do with it because it is the character. I am comfortable doing whatever my character wants me to do."
Abhishek Chaubey, Alia Bhatt, Vikas Bahl, Amit Trivedi and the team of 'Udta Punjab' strike a pose for the cameras. The film also stars Shahid Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom Productions, it is set to release on June 17
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Alia Bhatt showcased her fun and quirky side at the launch of song 'Ikk Kudi' from her upcoming film 'Udta Punjab' where she plays a hockey player. Take a look at some candid photos from the event held in Mumbai...