Alia Bhatt comes from a Bollywood family. Her father, Mahesh Bhatt, is an acclaimed film-maker, and her mother, Soni Razdan, has acted in several movies. Yet, the 23-year-old says that her childhood was like that of any other kid’s — all thanks to her mother. As we meet Alia and Razdan at their cosy Juhu home for an exclusive Mother’s Day (May 8) shoot, which is photobombed by Bhatt, the duo tell us that today, they are friends before being a mother and daughter.
“We understand each other very well,” says Razdan, adding that having been an actor herself, she can relate to her daughter’s needs, and what she’s going through. “Alia needs a full support system that I’m happy to provide her. Even after she shifts into her new home, I can still run her house via remote control,” she says.
The 59-year-old feels that Alia hasn’t changed, despite attaining a star status. “She was always independent, and didn’t seem to need much. She would be in her own world. She was never clingy, and has never been demanding. She never gave me any grief,” says Razdan.
However, Alia feels otherwise, and contradicts her mum, saying, “I feel I am very demanding, as I expect her to take care of everything. I am fortunate to have her around to help me with my finances, diet, schedule and everything else. Every time I ask her for anything, I feel like I am asking for too much, and that I should, too, do something nice for her. I feel I don’t do enough for my mum to make her feel special. Mothers are giving in any case, but in our relationship, she is not just my mother, but also my manager, friend, doctor, therapist, and more. She is a superwoman.”
Alia began working at the age of 17, and made her acting debut with film-maker Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year (2012). “It was a life-changing moment for us, as suddenly, so much was thrown at us,” she explains. However, Razdan says she wasn’t worried for Alia with regards to the pressures that come with being an actor.
“I was just sad that she started out at 17. I wish she had enjoyed for a few more years, and would have had a chilled out college experience. She was slogging like a donkey at 17,” she says.