Randeep Hooda Ensures Alia Bhatt Felt 'Terrified' During 'Highway' Shoot

In a recent interview with Humans of Bombay, actor Randeep Hooda delved into his relationships with co-stars, shedding light on why Alia Bhatt felt 'terrified' of him during the Highway shoot and how his experience working on Sarbjit strengthened his connection with Dalbir Kaur.

When asked about his alleged lack of communication with Alia Bhatt on the sets of Imtiaz Ali’s 2014 film Highway, Randeep confirmed, revealing that the actress was so intimidated by him that she avoided sitting next to him. He explained, "I didn’t speak to Alia for 20-25 days during the Highway shoot. She hailed from Juhu and had limited exposure to the world." He continued, "To maintain her fear of my character, she remained apprehensive around me. I ensured that. There was no interaction between us. She refrained from sitting beside me as well. That dynamic was essential for the film."

Randeep also disclosed that his roles in the 2015 film Main Aur Charles and the 2016 film Sarbjit had a profound impact on his personal life. He shared, "During the filming of Sarbjit, I developed a close bond with Sarabjit’s sister, Dalbir. We maintained contact until her passing. She entrusted me with the responsibility of lighting her funeral pyre, which I fulfilled. She was remarkable, caring for her brother’s children, whom I'm still in touch with." He added in jest, "Similarly, I found myself in communication with Charles Sobhraj. Despite his status as a wanted criminal, he would call, video call, and message me from jail in Nepal. I had to humorously remind him of his circumstances, saying, 'Charles, you're a wanted criminal, please refrain from contacting me.'

Randeep is set to portray the role of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in the upcoming film "Swatantrya Veer Savarkar," which he also directs. Alongside him, the cast includes Ankita Lokhande, Amit Sial, Rajesh Khera, Lokesh Mittal, and Brajesh Jha. Initially, Mahesh Manjrekar was slated to direct the biographical film but withdrew due to artistic disparities.