After months of speculations of if Sanjay Leela Bhansali will reunite with his ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ star Salman Khan for his next directorial venture, an official announcement of the project was made. But what came as to a surprise to many when ‘Inshallah’ was announced was that Alia Bhatt was cast as the female lead in the movie.

While the fresh pair got a few fans excited, there were many fans who criticized the casting given the age difference between the two actors.

Speaking to Pinkvilla, she said that she received no criticism about the pairing; instead she saw a lot of excitement coming her way.

She was quoted as saying: “I didn’t get any criticism. I think I got a lot of excitement. I think speculation is also a form of excitement in a way and why shouldn’t there be speculation. There should be and at least I am not bothered by that and I don’t think Salman or Bhansali sir are bothered. I think this is a filmmaker who has given us very good films, he is someone who we all are very fond of and I think we should just trust him with his vision.”

Earlier Alia had shared her excitement to be working with Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

“Dream with your eyes wide open they say & I did. Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together & I can't wait to join them on this beautiful journey called “Inshallah”,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Alia Bhatt is currently busy with promotions for her upcoming release, Kalank. The Abhishek Varman directorial also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt. The film is all set to hit the theatres on April 17.