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Not troubled by SHUDDHI cast changes: Alia Bhatt


From Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan to finally Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar’s “Shuddhi” has been in news for its casting tweaks but that does not worry the “Highway” actress. Alia, 22, said she will approach “Shuddhi”, which was announced in early 2014, like any other project.

The film, to be produced by Johar and directed by “Agneepath” helmer Karan Malhotra, originally had Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik as the lead pair. But it got derailed due to Hrithik’s health issues leading to his exit following which Kareena also walked out. Later, Salman Khan was roped in but his leading lady was undecided. After some time, Salman also opted out.

“I feel pressure before every film whether it’s big or small. I don’t feel like I should take anything for granted. There is pressure but it is good pressure. I am not feeling bogged down. I am excited about the film and I want to put up a great show,” Alia told PTI.

This is the third time she will be teaming up with Varun after “Student of the Year” and “Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya”.  “I hope we live up to that expectation and entertain our audience.”

This is the fifth film that KJo is producing for Alia after “Student of the Year”, “2 States”, “Humpty Sharma Ki Dhulania” and “Kapoor and Sons”.

“Karan is like my father to me… that is the relation I have with him. Whether we are working on a film together or any other project it is so much fun. We are comfortable with each other and the chemistry is right,” Alia said.

 All of Alia’s films till date have been hits and she is glad with the success each of her projects.

 “I am not sitting… taking a backseat and thinking I have achieved something. I don’t feel I have achieved anything. I feel I have a long long way to go. I have just started. More than being content I am excited, energetic and nervous to do more good films,” Alia said.