"My father says I should use my popularity in the right direction and not just restrict it to films. I have been in the industry for three years and I try and do things like this," Alia told reporters here at the launch of a short film 'Girls Rising'.
The film, supporting the cause of girls, is helmed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E Robbins. The 22-year-old 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' actress has learnt from her mother to help others.
"My mother used to pay for education of the daughters of sweeper, watchman and others. This is something I saw happening at home and I want to take it up when I run my own house," Alia said.
She said through her film "Highway", they tried to portray how physical abuse happens at home. "The cause that we tried to talk about is sometimes physical abuse happens in your own home, it is a harsh reality which we don't want to face. It was deeply disturbing as I got to play that character and to understand what a girl might go through in her own house," said Alia, who finds such incidents disappointing and shocking.
"I am happy I did the film. There are girls who told me that after watching the film they opened up about their experiences," she said.
Alia is part of campaign 'Girl Rising', through which she is trying to raise awareness about girl education.



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