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Mahesh Bhatt: Highway is Alia’s Arth

Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt is clean-bowled by his youngest daughter Alia’s performance in Imtiaz Ali’s Highway.

“I saw Alia in Highway. She overwhelms you with her sincerity. Her journey has begun. This is Alia’s Arth. Highway is a film that will sparkle in Alia’s filmography,” he said.

Interestingly, while conversing with director-producer Karan Johar on the latter’s talk show — Koffee with Karan — Mahesh had described Ali’s 2011 movie Rockstar as the most overrated film. But after watching the director’s latest film Highway, he is quite impressed with him. “It is an outstanding film. Imtiaz Ali staggers you with his simplicity. It is bare, harsh and truthful,” Mahesh said.

Meanwhile, Alia’s mother and actress-film-maker Soni Razdan is set to direct the youngster in a film based on the notorious Nanavati murder case that shook Mumbai’s beau monde way back in 1959. Pooja Bhatt, the eldest daughter of Mahesh, will produce the film.

The original plan was to cast Alia with Randeep Hooda, but because they were already doing Highway, a hunt is on for a male actor to be paired with the actress.