New Delhi: Taaliyaan for Alia, because Alia Bhatt has a new fan! Guess who?

It’s none other than Bollywood’s dhak dhak girl Madhuri Dixit, who is all praises for Alia these days. Madhuri, who has worked with the young actor in their upcoming movie Kalank got reminded of herself from her younger days while shooting with Alia. During an interaction, Madhuri told MyNation, “I am an admirer of Alia, she is a very talented actor. When I shot the first scene (of Kalank) with her, I had just finished shooting Total Dhamaal the previous day. With Alia, she is so natural that after a while I forgot that we are doing a scene. I was feeling as if we were just talking to each other.” She added, “Alia is always on time. She knows her lines. She is eager to do good work. She has that ‘I will do it’ attitude, which reminded me of myself from my younger days. I always wanted to do something different, something difficult and I see the same thing in her. Whenever I see her, I get reminded of myself.”

The 51-year-old actor has made a comeback five years after her last Bollywood outing Gulaab Gang in 2014. This year, she is having back to back projects, with Total Dhamaal (released in February) and now Kalank. In the Abhishek Varman helmed period drama, the Bollywood beauty will be seen alongside Sanjay Dutt, the duo which enjoyed a crazy fan following in the ‘90s. They are reuniting on-screen after a gap of 21 years. How does it feel to share the screen with Sanju baba after so many years?

The actor smiled, “It was wonderful. With Sanju, I am working after 21 years if I am not mistaken. It is always lovely to work with co-stars because you have worked with them before, there is a kind of comfort on the sets. It was a great experience.” When quizzed whether she feels any kind of pressure due to expectation from fans, Madhuri replied, “It doesn’t create pressure, in fact, it’s more exciting because then you know that fans are going to lap it up, they are going to like it. Hence, they will come and watch the movie.”

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Madhuri’s character in the movie is called Bahaar Begum and she describes her as a recluse. She said, “I am playing Bahaar Begum. Her life has not been a straight line, it has always been a curveball. She has a lot of angst; she has a lot of regrets in her life. She is almost like a recluse. She is not everywhere she is very particular about that. She is a very complicated person. Sometimes you make decisions in your life which not only affects you but also others around you. When she realises that then she regrets it. She conveys more with her eyes than words.” When asked if she can relate to her screen character, the actress answered, “No, because I don’t have any regrets in life. Bahaar Begum has a lot of regrets. I think whatever I have done so far, has always helped me to go further.”

Kalank also stars Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kunal Khemu and Aditya Roy Kapur in key roles. The film is slated to hit theatres on April 17.