The 19-year-old actress and sister of Pooja Bhatt makes her debut in the college-based story of love and friendship, directed by Johar.
Describing Johar as "patient" on set and supportive of the cast of newcomers, Bhatt told PTI: "I was very nervous working with Karan. I couldn't ever imagine that he would be so patient with us. He has worked with the best people and we used to give so many takes. He understood that we were newcomers and had to be guided."
The daughter of director Mahesh Bhatt, the actress said that while she has a family background in film, it rests on her to perform well in front of the camera.
"Yes, being from a film family helps because you get a good platform and recognition. However, many people don't understand that at the end of the day, I am an individual performing in front of the camera and Bhatt lineage doesn't make any difference whatsoever," she said.
The actress went on to describe the pressure of facing the camera for the first time, but said she was determined that she would not let Johar down after the producer took such a risk casting newcomers.
"He [Johar] has worked with the best in the industry while neither of us had ever faced the camera before. I have to ensure that he is not let down. There is a pressure of a different kind. We all want to make the audience happy as once they accept you, all noises die down," she said.
Also starring Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan, Student of the Year releases on October 19.