“My father says I should use my popularity in the right direction and not just restrict it to films. I have been in the industry for three years and I try and do things like this,” Alia told reporters here at the launch of a short film Girls Rising.
The film, supporting the cause of girls, is helmed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E Robbins. The 22-year-old actor has learnt from her mother to help others.
“My mother used to pay for <g data-gr-id="36">education</g> of the daughters of sweeper, watchman and others. This is something I saw happening at home and I want to take it up when I run my own house,” Alia said.
She said through her film Highway, they tried to portray how physical abuse happens at home. “The cause that we tried to talk about is sometimes physical abuse happens in your own home, it is a harsh reality which we don’t want to face. It was deeply disturbing as I got to play that character and to understand what a girl might go through in her own house,” said Alia, who finds such incidents disappointing and shocking.
“I am happy I did the film. There are girls who told me that after watching the film they opened up about their experiences,” she said.
Alia is part of campaign Girls Rising, through which she is trying to raise awareness about girl education.
“We want girls to fly in the right direction and spirit and with the right heart. This will happen when people in our country understand that it is necessary for girls to study,” she said. “I am a girl rising means that I want to stand up today, want to study and make a future for myself. I want to have my own dreams fulfilled and I want to take over the world. Why alone send my brother to school, what about me,” she said.