A couple of years ago, 20-something Alia Bhat told Femina in an interview that she didn’t know how to manage her finances. But 2015 has clearly brought about a lot of changes in the young actor. Alia bought herself a home and even decorated it; but she admits that she has a long way to go.
“Sometimes I do feel a bit like a child with a lot of money, and my mum (Soni Razdan) continues to handle my finances. Today, I understand that doing up my home is a big responsibility and it’s nothing like doing up my doll’s house. I’m always thinking about the space that is in the process of getting done, and when I’m buying furniture, I’m already getting worried about guests dropping something on the couch. I must tell you that buying my own home is a practical decision because I’ve been living out of boxes, with stuff lying under the bed and over the wardrobe in my current bedroom in my mum’s house. And then I have my work-related meetings, which means entertaining visitors at times when my family might not want them around.”
It was her Mum who felt that Alia should have her own space. “That idea got me excited because I could have my own closet, dressing area and meeting room. And I ended up buying an apartment just two buildings away, inside the same gated community (in Juhu, suburban Mumbai) where I grew up. So it’s going to be very convenient and I even convinced my sister (Shaheen) to move in with me (smiles),” she says.
Elaborating on her new space, designed by Richa Bahl (Shaandaar director Vikas Bahl’s wife), Alia says, “I liked the way she did up Kangana’s (Ranaut) home, and when I met Richa, I liked her energy a lot. She understood my vision, which is a mix of vintage and boho chic.The space is going to be essentially white with a lot of openness, but elements like a crazy lamp, red refrigerator, vintage switchboards, benches and even an old-school pot!
Her main decor shopping destinations include Sussanne Khan’s The Charcoal Project, Gauri Khan’s The Design Cell, shops on Mutton Street in Chor Bazaar (in Mumbai) and stores in Dubai.
“I also want to make sure my home is comfortable for my cats, Sheba and Pika,” she says.