Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt has revealed that she drew inspiration from Sanam Saeed’s character in Zindagi Gulzar Hai when preparing for her latest film ‘Kalank’.
In an interview with PTI, Alia said her director, Abhishek Varman, told her to watch the show, which featured her Kapoor & Sons co-star Fawad Khan.
“I watched a lot of old films such as 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 in the show is very much how Roop will deal with the situation,” she said.
“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 not be irritating,” added Alia.
However, Sanam was overwhelmed after the news broke and she took to Twitter to send Alia her best wishes for the film.
@aliaa08 if this isn’t made up news, I’m tickled pink 😊. Best wishes. Xx
— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) April 8, 2019
Pakistani drama serial Zindagi Gulzar Hai aired in various countries in 2012. The drama received laurels across the border. It can be streamed on Netflix.
Kalank, which also stars Varun Dhawan and Madhuri Dixit, will release on April 17.