After Salman Khan, Bhagyashree and Sonakshi Sinha, Bollywood has found another artist. Alaya F, who makes her acting debut alongside Saif Ali Khan in 'Jawaani Jaaneman', has been sketching since she was in school and even enrolled for an art class. “I would doodle during really long lectures. The teachers encouraged me as it helped me focus and I answered their questions,” she recalls with a laugh.
The actress won the prestigious Balak Ratna National Art Award when in the ninth grade.
“My art teacher asked me to make a nice drawing of ‘Mother Nature’. A few days later, she surprised me with the news that I had won an award. The school felicitated me. I have won many awards internationally in writing too,” smiles Alaya, admitting that she had considered making a career in art before she discovered her love for cinema.
The debutante started off with watercolors and acrylics, but now exclusively uses pen, pencil and markers for detailed drawings.
She admits they require a lot of patience but are her biggest stress busters. “Each piece takes hours, even days of work. They are not too large but super intricate. I love drawing, it calms me down. I love reading too, but I don’t get much time for that now, so, it’s just doodling,” Alaya reveals, adding that through the making of 'Jawaani Jaaneman', she would sit down with paper and pen whenever she felt anxious about the next day’s shoot.
Her mother, Pooja Bedi, gave her one of the rooms in the house as a studio. But now, most of her drawings are in a book.
Is there any art form she wishes to master? “I think doodling. People say about my work that it’s not mere doodling as they see a lot of detailing in it,” she said proudly. Has she discussed her love for art with Salman Khan, whom she recently met during a TV reality show shoot? “Briefly. I didn’t show him anything, but I am sure I will, soon,” Alaya smiles, talking about an earlier meeting with the actor during which she got to see one of his paintings up close. “It’s incredible!” she exclaims.
Like him, does she gift her paintings to family, friends or colleagues?
“I gifted one to my mother, and one to Nana (Kabir Bedi). I don’t mind giving them away, unless I am super attached to them. But now that they are all in a book, I’ve got selfish. I want to complete the book. Also, I am afraid that people will lose it,” she says.