Alia Bhatt is an instinctive performer: Gauri Shinde

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Alia will be seen playing the lead role in Gauri's next Dear Zindagi alongside superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Dear Zindagi is Gauri Shinde’s second film after English Vinglish.

Director Gauri Shinde says Alia Bhatt is an instinctive performer. Alia will be seen playing the lead role in Gauri’s next Dear Zindagi alongside superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Angad Bedi, Kunal Kapoor and Ali Zafar.

“Alia is a very intelligent actor, she is instinctive. I also work on instincts so we connected well. We did not discuss much theory. It was easy working with her on this film,” Gauri said.

Alia has become one of the most sought after actresses, thanks to her performances in films like Highway, 2 States, Kapoor and Sons and Udta Punjab. The English Vinglish helmer says she was taken aback with Alia’s performance in Highway.

“Udta Punjab happened much later so I had not seen that film when we started Dear Zindagi. I liked her in ‘Highway’, especially the ending when she breaks down, it was brilliant and magical. I thought of working with her at that time but I did not have a story idea. So, when I started working on Dear Zindagi, I could only think of Alia.”

On the extended cast of the film, she says, “I felt everyone had unique personality and they all fit the characters that they are playing in the film and which is why it took the longest time to arrive at this people.

“All of them gave auditions for the film. I have been lucky to work with good actors who are professionals and good human being as well,” she said. The film hits cinema houses tomorrow.

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