Bollywood veteran actress Shabana Azmi, after seeing Alia Bhatt’s performance in Highway, went to Bhatt’s house along with Javed Akhtar to congratulate the parents and their daughter for her great performance.
Shabana, who has multiple National Awards her hand, sees Alia Bhatt as the true inheritor of her talent.
Interestingly, Alia’s father-filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has compared his daughter’s performance in Highway to Shabana’s sterling career-defining performance in Arth (1982), and Shabana agreed with Mahesh’ assessment and did no offence.
Shabana said; “Javed and I went straight to Alia’s house after watching Highway. We were both profoundly moved by her performance. I am so very proud of her.”
“Mahesh doesn’t say this lightly and he doesn’t say it because Alia is his daughter. He compares Alia’s performance to mine because he genuinely believes that the girl has achieved an exceptional level of performing prowess so early in her career. And Mahesh is right,” Shabana added.
The actress feels Alia has got what Shabana did in Arth in no time at all.
“Alia’s achievement is all the more laudable because I did Arth after nine years of facing the camera. Alia has done it in her second film. That’s amazing! Alia took me completely by surprise. She possesses both vulnerability and innocence,” the 63-year-old actress said.
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