Indian Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt presents a creation during the Caprese collection launch in Mumbai late on August 13, 2018. / AFP / Sujit Jaiswal Image Credit: AFP

Actress Alia Bhatt has been in the public eye for her Bollywood projects and now her rumoured relationship with actor Ranbir Kapoor, but it doesn’t bother her anymore.

“I grew up in a family of popular talent who have always been in the news. I’ve seen recognition and media attention right from childhood,” said the actress, who is the daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and veteran actress Soni Razdan. “With time, I’ve pretty much got used to it and now it doesn’t really affect me as much. My only focus is to embody characters that can have a strong, positive impact on the audience.”

The 25-year-old, who made her Bollywood debut with Karan Johar’s Student of The Year, has proved her versatility with films such as Raazi, Highway, Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi — films in which she was seen in challenging and sometimes unglamorous roles.

“I want to keep pushing myself with every role that I play. To strike a balance between commercial and brave films has always been a priority,” she said. “I make it a point to not let pressure influence my choice of roles. An inhibition is always present in every actor’s mind when they take up a challenging role, but the focus is always to give it our best shot and that is what we always strive for.”

Bhatt’s upcoming films include Brahmastra, opposite Kapoor, multi-starrer Kalank and Ranveer Singh film Gully Boys.

Brahmastra is written and directed by Ayan Mukerji and also stars Amitabh Bachchan, while Abhishek Varman’s directorial Kalank stars Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. Gully Boy is directed by Zoya Akhtar and is based on the lives of rappers Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy.