Alia opened up about the experience of shooting the gang rape scene in Udta Punjab and said that they had to pretend on the sets to be fine with the scene but in reality she was not.
"Technically speaking, it was never ever graphic but while shooting..on set you want to be technical about it – Haan you come here, then this happens, then we will do that and I will scream and...so the face is all 'yeah I am with it, I am okay with it because I am acting'.
"But actually whats happening inside is 'I want this scene to get over. I just want this whole thing to get over.' There used to be a walk in the lobby – walk to the lift and back to my room during Udta Punjab – I used to dread that walk everyday when I would be getting out of my room, and I used to love the walk everyday when I would be coming back to my room. Even though I love my work and my films, it was just weird to be in that situation, but what was most weird was pretending that I was cool on set," Miss Malini.com quoted Alia as saying.
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, Udta Punjab is a movie that highlighted the increasing popularity of drugs among the youth in the state of Punjab. Alia had played the character of a village girl, who thought of making some quick money through a drug deal but gets herself trapped by some miscreants.