Alia Bhatt (Born 15 March 1993) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. The daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, Bhatt first appeared on screen as a child in a minor role in the thriller Sangharsh (1999). As an adult, she made her acting debut with Karan Johar's romantic drama Student of the Year (2012).
Bhatt's portrayal of a teenage girl who develops stockholm syndrome in Imtiaz Ali's road movie Highway (2014) garnered critical acclaim. She won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and also garnered a Best Actress nomination at the same ceremony. She went on to establish herself in Bollywood by starring opposite Arjun Kapoor in the romantic drama 2 States (2014) and Varun Dhawan in the romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014).
In addition to acting in films, Bhatt has sung two of her film songs. She participates in stage shows, and has launched her own line of clothing for women.
Alia Bhatt was born on 15 March 1993, to Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan. Her father is of Gujarati descent and her mother is of Kashmiri and German ancestry. Bhatt has an elder sister, Shaheen (born 1988) and two half-siblings, Pooja Bhatt and Rahul Bhatt. Actor Emraan Hashmi and director Mohit Suri are her paternal cousins, while producer Mukesh Bhatt is her uncle. Alia bhatt was the student of Jamnabai Narsee School IBDP and she completed her high school in May 2011
Alia Bhatt's first acting role was as a child artist in Sangharsh (1999), starring Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta where she played the younger version of Zinta's character. She had her first leading role in 2012 with Karan Johar's Student of the Year, alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. She portrayed the role of Shanaya Singhania, a sophisticated teenage girl who is in a relationship with Dhawan's character but is attracted to the character played by Malhotra. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote of her performance, "Alia's role is reminiscent of Kareena Kapoor in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Stylish, classy, born with a silver spoon, she's someone who loves to flaunt not just her clothes and bags, but also her riches. Extremely photogenic, Alia makes a super-confident debut." Film critic Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times also mentioned the similarities with Kapoor's character, but noted that her performance was "without the killer attitude." Student of the Year was a financial success, grossing 700 million (US$11 million) domestically.
In 2014, Bhatt had three film releases. She played the protagonist of Imtiaz Ali's road film Highway opposite Randeep Hooda. Her portrayal of a lonely teenage girl who develops stockholm syndrome after being abducted was acclaimed by the critics. Rachit Gupta of Filmfare mentioned that " it’s surprising how Alia has got so many deft nuances right. It’s as if the actor has grown with the character. She is truly one of the most promising new actors in Hindi films." Sonia Chopra of Sify.com added that Bhatt is "Completely immersed" in her role, and that "Alia’s uninhibited and raw performance will have you emotionally invested in her character all through." However, the film underperformed at the box office. She won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for the film, and garnered a Best Actress nomination at the ceremony.
Bhatt next featured in Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala's joint production 2 States with Arjun Kapoor. An adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name, it narrates the story of two IIM Ahmedabad students who encounter trouble in convincing their parents to approve of their relationship. For her role as Ananya Swaminatham, a headstrong Tamil girl, she learnt the language. Critics were appreciative of her performance with Rediff.com publishing that Bhatt "really grows into the character and makes you believe that she's a career-oriented IIM-A grad." Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express added that Bhatt was a "surprise" and was "easy and fresh and natural." The film emerged as a major commercial success, earning over 1 billion (US$15 million) in domestic ticket sales.
Bhatt's final film role in 2014 was as Kavya Pratap Singh, a Punjabi girl who engages in a romantic affair with a stranger a few days prior to her wedding, in the romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Co-starring Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Shukla, the film was described as a tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) by Johar, who served as producer. Writing for India Today, Rohit Khilnani thought that Bhatt had pitched in "one of her best performances so far", though Nandini Ramnath of Mint found her performance to be lacking in subtlety, writing that she was "more comfortable acting out her feelings through dialogue and actions". Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania also proved to be a box office hit. Later that year, Bhatt appeared in a short film on women's safety, entitled Going Home, from director Vikas Bahl. Aaina Box Office reported that her accomplishments in 2014 established her as a leading actress of Bollywood.
As of May 2015, Bhatt has completed work on Vikas Bahl's Shaandaar, a destination wedding film opposite Shahid Kapoor, in which she plays the role of an insomniac. She is currently filming for Abhishek Chaubey's Udta Punjab, a thriller on substance abuse that co-stars Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan, as well as Shakun Batra's family drama Kapoor and Sons alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan. In addition, she has committed to Ayan Mukerji's untitled fantasy film alongside Ranbir Kapoor about a man with superpowers, to Karan Malhotra's drama Shhuddhi with Varun Dhawan, and to Gauri Shinde's untitled project with Shah Rukh Khan.
Bhatt has performed at the Filmfare, Screen and Stardust award ceremonies, and has also participated in a stage show in Hong Kong alongside Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra. In 2013, she performed at a charity event with Dhawan, Malhotra, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor and Huma Qureshi to raise funds for the flood-affected victims of Uttarakhand. She also took part in a campaign for PETA to raise awareness about homeless animals.
Bhatt has performed playback singing for the song "Sooha Saaha" in Highway (2014). A. R. Rahman, the composer of the film, invited her to his music school to undergo training. Also in 2014, she sang the unplugged version of the song "Samjhawan", for the composers Sharib-Toshi, in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
In 2014, Bhatt launched her own line of clothing for women, in association with the online fashion portal Jabong.com; she described the collection to be "very simple" and "very me". She is also the celebrity endorser for a number of brands and products, including Coca-Cola, Garnier and Maybelline.
Year Film Role Notes
1999 Sangharsh Young Preet Oberoi Special appearance
2012 Student of the Year Shanaya Singhania Acting Debut
2014 Highway Veera Tripathi Also playback singer for song "Sooha Saha"
2014 2 States Ananya Swaminathan
2014 Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Kavya Pratap Singh Also playback singer for song "Samjhawan Unplugged"
2014 Going Home Short film
2014 Ugly Shalini Cameo appearance
2015 ShaandaarFilms that have not yet been released Alia Post-production
2016 Udta PunjabFilms that have not yet been released Bihari Nanda Post-production
2016 Kapoor and SonsFilms that have not yet been released Priya Filming