The National Award winning actress, who visited Bhatt’s residence to congratulate the young actress after seeing ‘Highway’, sees Alia as the true inheritor of her talent.

Even Alia’s father Mahesh Bhatt has compared her performance in ‘Highway’ to Shabana's career-defining performance in 1982 film ‘Arth’. Shabana, who won National Award for her performance in ‘Arth’, agreed with Mahesh Bhatt's assessment.

"Javed (Akhtar) and I went straight to Alia's house after watching 'Highway'. We were both profoundly moved by her performance. I am so very proud of her," said Shabana.

Shabana takes no offence that Alia's father has compared her two-film old daughter to her.

"Mahesh doesn't say this lightly and he doesn't say it because Alia is his daughter. He compares Alia's performance to mine because he genuinely believes that the girl has achieved an exceptional level of performing prowess so early in her career. And Mahesh is right," she said.

Shabana further said, “Alia's achievement is all the more laudable because I did 'Arth' after nine years of facing the camera. Alia has done it in her second film. That's amazing! Alia took me completely by surprise. She possesses both vulnerability and insouciance.”

Alia's step-sister Pooja Bhatt may plan a film with her in future. "If 'Student Of The Year' launched Alia as a young star, 'Highway' has launched her as an actor. I am so proud of her and I shall remain ever-grateful to Imtiaz Ali," Pooja Bhatt said.


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