One of the finest actors of the current generation of Bollywood, this leading lady is defying all stereotypes of what an actor can or cannot do. She is experimental, adventurous, and goes all guns blazing with every new and challenging role. Seven years, 10 films, and millions of fans later, Alia Bhatt finds herself at the apex of stardom. And all through these years, she has grown ten-fold, as an individual, an artist, and as a celebrity.
Although Alia debuted as a child actor in Sangharsh in 1999, it was only in 2012 with Karan Johar’s Student of The Year that she made her mark as a full-time actor. From the uber-chic Shanaya to the determined Sehmat, Alia Bhatt has surely come a long way.
As Alia Bhatt turns 26, we look at some of the major landmarks of her career that defined her growth curve.
While most debuts like to hold onto their initial image established by their first film, Alia chose the path less traveled and took a leap of faith with her second film Highway. Portraying a victim of Stockholm syndrome, she proved that age is never a bar for heartfelt performance.
In the next two years, Alia continued to thrill the audience with her refreshing roles in films like Two States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, and Kapoor & Sons. And then she hit her second landmark with Udta Punjab.
Udta Punjab 2016
Her role of Bauri was a 360 degree flip from her earlier sprightly, positive roles. Playing a Bihari migrant worker to Punjab, caught up in drug abuse was an antithesis to her established image, and she was critically acclaimed for her rugged and realistic portrayal.
Dear Zindagi 2016
The Udta Punjab fever was barely over when Alia turned her characterisation all over again with the role of Kiara in this warm yet subtle film.
The character of Sehmat Khan was a slam dunk from the house of Alia Bhatt. Playing the role of a political spy with utmost finesse and determination, yet with ease, she stole all hearts and the film remained on top of the charts for the year.
With more experimental and unique films like Kalank and Brahmastra, we can expect nothing but the best from Alia Bhatt.