Ranbir Kapoor isn’t too happy with the fact that Alia Bhatt talks and behaves like Gangubai Kathiawadi at home. That’s what director Sanjay Leela Bhansali revealed recently. So Alia Bhatt wasn’t Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first choice for the role. But ever since the trailer of the movie released, people have raving about the actress. In the trailer, Alia Bhatt can be seen speaking in a heavy Gujarati and Maharashtrian accent and behaving like a don.
Talking to the media before the official screening of Gangubai Kathiawadi at the Berlin Film Festival, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali spoke about how Alia had transformed herself for the role. Said he, “I think she’s become more Gangubai than Alia in real life. Her boyfriend complains about her speaking like Gangubai at home. It’s just completely becoming one with the character. “
He added, “I didn’t know Alia was such a good dancer. When she danced in Dholida, I thought here was an actor who’d finally transcended. It’s a very gooseflesh moment for me to even talk about it and think about it – that you transcend where you are, you forget all space, you forget where you are, you forget who’s in front of you, cameras, what you look like, what you feel. She just became one with that character and expressed all her angst and all that she had gone through in that one song. It’s a song that I will take to my grave. If there is any shot that I want to be played when I breathe my last – it would be Alia doing that shot because it is completely the best thing that I have seen an actor do in a very, very long time.”
Gangubai Kathiawadi is set to hit theatres on February 25.