It is a well known fact that Imtiaz Ali would have preferred working with an older actress in the film Highway. But Alia Bhatt fit the bill for Veera Tripathy so perfectly that she was looped in. In fact, co-star Randeep Hooda had all kind words for his much younger leading lady.

Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt in a still from movie 'Highway'
Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt in a still from movie ‘Highway’

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The actor in an interview with Koimoi revealed that he was very pleasantly surprised by Alia’s work. He said, “The age-gap didn’t matter because it’s not like she is two years old. Alia has great emotional fire in her and in a lot of way my character matches hers alot. It is this character-actor journey that mingled well.”

Hooda also confided, “Had it not been Alia but some older actor playing Veera, a lot of the movie’s charm would have been eroded. It would have taken away the charming factor from the film.”

Randeep is often known for his on-the-face, harsh criticisms for those who work with him but the actor praising a co-star is quite a compliment for Alia. Well, we’ll have to wait and watch out whether the audiences agree with Randeep. Highway releases on 21st February and Imtiaz Ali’s unusual take is intriguing much.

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