After working with actress Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alaia Furniturewala on the upcoming film Jawaani Jaaneman, producer Jay Shewakramani of Northern Lights Films has signed the debutante for a three-film deal.
Speaking of the deal, Shewakramani said, “I just followed my instinct. After working with Alaia in Jawaani Jaaneman and seeing her evolve as an actor, I knew she has what it takes in this field. I had this in mind since the very beginning. But working with her extensively on the film was a reassurance that ‘yes, I want to do this’.”
Alaia on the film’s set with Saif Ali Khan
Meanwhile, speaking of the pervasive issue of nepotism in the film industry, and why she decided to take up acting, Alaia said, “We need to realize that even in our struggle, we are privileged. But just because I’m privileged doesn’t mean I’m not going to do what I love, and work hard at it.”
Alaia had studied filmmaking at New York University but soon realized she preferred to be in front of the camera. After returning to Mumbai, she trained in acting and dance, learning Bollywood, contemporary hip-hop, Kathak, and other forms. She also took up diction classes to correct her pronunciation and accent.
Jawaani Jaaneman is a coming-of-age story of a father and his daughter. In the movie, Saif Ali Khan will be seen playing the role of Alaia’s father. Jawani Janeman is directed by Nitin Kakkar.
The film went on floors in London in June 2019. The film follows Saif’s character, whose responsibility-free life comes to a halt after Alaia’s character ‘Tia’ lands up at his doorstep, claiming to be his long-lost daughter.
Here’s Gallan Kardi from Jawaani Jaaneman
The film is slated to hit cinemas on 31 January 2020.