"It makes a huge difference in my performance depending on the rapport with my co-actor. It brings so much to the scene when you know the co-actor is giving you the room to flourish your performance...when you share chemistry and a certain warmth with your actor. The scene comes out to be way more organic," Alia told IANS in an interview.
In her forthcoming film Kalank, Alia has shared screen space with Varun and Aditya Roy Kapur.
"When it comes to Kalank, since all of us played very complex characters, we were engrossed in our own journeys and at the same time were supportive of each other," added the actress, who said she has no hangover of the success scored by her last release Gully Boy.
Does that success add confidence to her as an actor?
"I am very responsive to all the love and appreciation that I have got for Gully Boy because it is a result of our hard work. So when I say 'thank you', I do not take a compliment as in 'Yeah, I am a great actor and I deserve all this'. I rather think about the fact that how our hard work is getting appreciation.
"But it is not good to be too confident, that I would carry it while promoting the next film, thinking people will like all my films. Having said that, I am confident about Kalank because we put all our efforts to create a world, narrate an intense story of love," she added.
Alia, 26, said she is never too attached to her success or criticism.
"That is the nature of the business. If I fail, I would rather learn from the mistake and move on... that's the way it works," the Raazi star said.
In Kalank, Alia plays Roop, a character she says is her most complex one so far.
"She is a girl with a lot of values of modern day. She may not be doing all the right things in life but her intention is not bad. She is emotional. Since she is vulnerable and burdened by the journey of life, but at the same time with all her complexity, she is adorable. The challenging part was to make her likable... Hopefully, people will like it," she said.
Alia started her career in 2010 with Student Of The Year. She has bagged several awards for her performance in successful films like 2 States, Highway, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Udta Punjab and Kapoor & Sons.
How has her approach towards acting changed with experience?
"As an actor, I am very much of a switch on and switch off. In fact, I do not want to think too much about the scene by almost zoning myself out from reality before the camera rolls. I memorize all my dialogues months earlier so that it can become my second nature. I mean the moment I hear 'action', I can say the dialogues... it's in my head. This, and performing with instinct are the two things happened to me over time.
"Perhaps that is why I can't repeat the same thing in a retake. Then my director has to show me, and I will try to recreate that, which mostly does not happen because I am instinctive and spontaneous as a performer," she said.
Directed by Abhishek Verman, Kalank releases on April 17.