Alia Bhatt Drew Inspiration from Sanam Saeed’s “Zindagi Gulzar Hai” Character

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Alia Bhatt seems to be on a roll with the promotions of her movie “Kalank”. Be it a public appearance or going live on Instagram, she’s definitely making all the big headlines with every move. While her film “Kalank” is just on the verge of release, the actor once again made it to the news with a recent interview.

The Raazi actor revealed that in order to prepare for the pre-partition era movie she took inspiration from classic films like “Mughal-E-Azam, Umrao Jaan and hit Pakistani drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai“. Alia further stated that her director Abhishek Varman made her watch the TV serial, which stars her Kapoor & Sons co-star Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed.

“I watched a lot of old films like ‘Mughal-E-Azam‘ and ‘Umrao Jaan‘ to get an understanding of grace and body language. (And) I had to clean my Hindi as I am speaking Urdu (in the film). Abhishek asked me to watch ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’. The character of the girl (Kashaf played by Sanam Saeed) in the show is very much how Roop will deal with the situation. She has responsibility on her shoulders so she is not always a happy person. She is vulnerable yet strong. It is difficult (to bring so many) layers – unhappy, vulnerable and strong to a character. Abhishek kept saying that I should be irritating,” Alia disclosed in an interview with PTI.

Sanam Saeed also took to Twitter to respond to the interview:

While the film is slated to release on the 17th of April, we can’t wait to see if alia does justice to the iconic character Kashaf played by Sanam Saeed from “Zindagi Gulzar Hai”. Here’s a trailer of the movie Kalank.

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