I am a feminist and believe in equal rights, says Alia Bhatt


Alia Bhatt never fails to impress her fans. She has been delivering solid performances ever since she made her Bollywood debut (with Student of the Year; 2012). But the actor admits that she is afraid of the day when she won’t be praised for one of her films. “That’s why I never get used to the praise. I appreciate it and then cut it off. Shah Rukh [Khan] also told me that ‘you should unlearn whatever you learn’,” she says.

She took Bollywood by storm when she began her career in 2012 and has now revealed that she is, in fact, a feminist, Hindustan Times reported.

“Yes, of course. A feminist is someone who believes in equal rights, and I, of course, believe in that, like many like-minded people. In a way, I should take that [statement] back, because even talking about it is like participating in it. So, I have actually changed that [the statement] around to say that I am a feminist and I do believe in equal rights. Whenever I’m asked about it, I will always speak about [feminism] in its true form, so that people can hear about it from time to time,” she said.

The 23-year-old actor who previously landed herself in hot water on her ‘not being feminist’ remark, cleared the air during the interview.

“What I meant to say [with my earlier statement] was that I am not actively participating [in strengthening women empowerment], which people do actively. So, I am not campaigning for or participating, which I would like to do as well whenever I get the opportunity. However, I do believe in it,” she said.

Alia shared that she’s a strong advocate of equality, irrespective of gender.

“People are very pro about women having equal rights. I genuinely believe that there will be real equality when this is not a question anymore. Whenever the question of equality disappears is when we will have attained true equality. So, I am waiting for that time. It’s a process and it will take time. We will get there, and I completely believe in that,” she added.

Speaking about her work, Alia shared that she takes every film as a ‘new journey’. “The idea is that I don’t crave for what I achieved in the last film. So, whatever happened with the last film, I am not expecting [that to happen] again. That’s what I consciously try [to do], and tell myself that’s how it should be. Our aim should be to go back to zero with each film,” she said.