Even in a short filmography so far, Alia Bhatt has shown versatility in picking up scripts and the actress says it was this desire to surprise the audience again that made her sign "Udta Punjab".
The 23-year-old actress, who has impressed fans with performances in "Highway" and "2 States", says she has always intended to do roles that people can't imagine her in and character of tough Bihari migrant in "Udta Punjab" is exactly that.
"What attracted me to the film was that no one would really imagine me playing this character and I found that challenging and interesting. I was very happy that here's a role which has no glimpse of it in my previous roles. Also, the story is very important," Alia told PTI.
"Perhaps this is character which even I wouldn't have imagined myself doing but I have always wanted to play roles, which are a bit unlike me, not out of the box necessarily but those which people wouldn't think of me playing."
Apart from working on getting the Bihari accent right, Alia says she worked hard on acquiring the correct body language.
"I took a few workshops to get the right body language.
Like, I move my hands and roll my eyes a lot while speaking but these people (in villages) have dead-pan expressions because they can't waste time in expressing themselves to you.
They have other things to do."
The actress calls working on "Udta Punjab" an emotional learning because she observed how conditions and situations are difficult for the people in the interiors of the state.
"Seeing how they manage despite all the problems and tough situations make you value your life. Besides learning things for my character, as a person I learnt that we need to be grateful and work harder because we are fortunate to have comfortable lives." .