Meet with : Soni Razdan, Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, wife and and her daughter, Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt
Updated on: 29 Jun 2016
When Alia Bhatt was 17, she miraculously got an offer from one of the biggest filmmakers, Karan Johar, and simply breezed her way through Student of The Year. When her mom, Soni Razdan was 17, she was attending classes in a Birmingham theatre school while applying for a drama school in London which cost 700 pounds a year. Razdan shares her incredible journey to London with no money to pay her fees, and her stay in a hostel infested with rats in her recent blog, sonispeak.wordpress.com.
We meet to discuss her blog (she dismisses it as "random"), and of course, Alia's power packed performance in Udta Punjab. Forgetting her own noticeable television debut in Buniyaad, 28 years ago, she shrugs away all credit; her effervescent energy infectious and charming.
What made you start your blog?
I had no intention of starting it ever. I was just sitting, faffing. For some reason I felt like writing a poem. I started writing about Malala. I just wanted to share it on Twitter, so putting it up on a blog was the only way. Later while researching a film character, I came across an article on the urban poor. I thought, what if I link today's generation of the urban poor and what I went through when I was 17. I just started writing. It was quite random. It's not like, oh I must write a blog..I have so much to say and all that rubbish.. The response was so overwhelming. I am really not a blog person. I have other ambitions which I am working on.
I am working on a film called Love Affair which I am directing. Also, I have written a film and am writing another one. I didn't act for a while because I was busy with all this. Now I am very open to everything. I may write a book too. I feel like I am in the middle of a tennis court and balls are being thrown at me and I am deciding whether I want to throw them back or not. (laughs) Plus I have a hectic family life and varied interests.