That's about to change.
Even as her performance in Highway gets her raves, Alia Bhatt is all set to wow critics and fans with her performance as a Tamilian wife in Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar's first joint production 2 States.
Apparently, the role of the young Tamilian wife is based on writer Chetan Bhagat's own wife. Alia was asked to play her part as normally as the real-life Mrs. Bhagat.
Shedding light on the triumph that awaits Alia around the corner, producer Sajid Nadiadwala says, "Alia has played the first non-caricatural South Indian character in our films. Normally when we show South Indians in our films they have thick accent, and if it's a woman from the South she will have gajra in her hair and will go 'Aiyo' every five minutes. Alia does none of that."
The two-film old actress was told to play the character without the props of broad character traits.
Apparently Alia was asked to strictly not do a Deepika Padukone kind of 'bokwas' accent from Chennai Express.
Alia admits it was difficult to not lapse into caricature while doing a South Indian character. "I was not allowed to be culture-specific in 2 States in my body-language or my accent. Yes, I am a Tamilian in 2 States. But I don't make a show of my regional roots. It is tough because when you are not resorting to speech and behaviourial props, you have no handy tools to give personality to your character."