Karan Johar says he requested Imtiaz Ali to cast Alia Bhatt in ‘Highway’, which required a mature performance in the lead role.
Johar, who launched Alia in his 2012 college drama ‘Student of Year’ along with Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, says he did not work much to sharpen the acting skills of these newcomers as he wanted them to be raw.
“I am glad that Imtiaz took Alia for ‘Highway’, which is considered one of the best performances of her. But I had to vouch for her to Imtiaz. When I had told him about Alia and requested him to take her in his film, he was not at all sure about her acting prowess after ‘Student of the Year’. But I had assured him that she has the capacity to be the lead for his film,” Karan said at an event on the sidelines of the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.