The Highway actor is headed to Germany and she’s very excited about her visit. Find out why
A little birdie tells us that Alia Bhatt will soon be in Germany for the world premiere of her upcoming film with Randeep Hooda, Highway at the Berlin Film Festival on February 14. The one-film-old young actor is very excited about visiting Germany this Valentine’s. Is it ‘coz she has someone special in the country? Well, special person or not, she has a special connection with the country. Reportedly, Alia’s grandparents hail from Germany and this is her first trip to Berlin, which is why her excitement has no bounds. She says, “I have a rather emotional and unique connection with Berlin and for me, it’s just incredible that Highway is premiering there. Not many know this but my grandmother is a German and was born there.”
She also reveals that her maternal grandfather used to run an underground newspaper against Hitler. The Highway actor told a popular tabloid, “When the authorities found about it, he was imprisoned for two years and my maternal grandmother and mother (Soni Razdan) then crossed the border to Czechoslovakia before heading to England.”
Alia wants to recall her German connection to the audience over there. She says, “In 1948, my Kashmiri grandfather, who was studying architecture in London, came to Berlin as a member of world famous dancer Ram Gopal’s troupe. A 19 year old, he played the violin for the latter and while in Berlin, he performed at the Schiller Theatre. Back then, Berlin had been reduced to just rubble. So yes, I share this incredible connection with Berlin.”
Well, we hope Alia Bhatt receives a warm welcome from the people of Berlin, especially after hearing the tale of her grandparents. After all, she does have German roots, no?