Alia Bhatt

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Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt Starbucks opening.jpg
Bhatt in 2012
Born (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 21)
Citizenship British
Occupation Film actress
Years active 2012–present
Relatives See Bhatt family

Alia Bhatt (born 15 March 1993) is an Indian film actress who appears in Bollywood films. She made her acting debut with Karan Johar's romantic comedy Student of the Year (2012), a box office success. She subsequently garnered praise for her performances in Imtiaz Ali's road movie Highway (2014) and the drama 2 States (2014).

Early life

Alia Bhatt was born on 15 March 1993,[1][2] to Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan. Her father is of primarily Gujarati descent[3][4] while her mother is of Kashmiri and German ancestry.[5][6][7] Bhatt has one sister, Shaheen (born 1988)[8] and two half-siblings, Pooja Bhatt and Rahul Bhatt. Actor Emraan Hashmi and director Mohit Suri are her cousins while producer Mukesh Bhatt is her uncle.[9] Bhatt graduated from Jamnabai Narsee School IBDP in May 2011.


Alia Bhatt with Sidharth Malhotra (left) and Varun Dhawan promoting Student of the Year in 2012

Bhatt's first movie 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.[10]

Bhatt had her first leading role in 2012 with Karan Johar's Student of the Year, alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan.[11] She portrayed the role of Shanaya, 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."[12] 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." [13] Student of the Year was a financial success, grossing INR700 million (US$12 million) domestically.[14]

In 2014, Bhatt appeared in Imtiaz Ali's road film Highway alongside Randeep Hooda. Bhatt's portrayal of a girl who develops stockholm syndrome after being kidnapped received positive reviews from critics.[15] Rachit Gupta of Filmfare mentioned that "[a]t 20, 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."[16] Sonia Chopra of Sify added that Bhatt is "[c]ompletely immersed" in her role, and that "Alia’s uninhibited and raw performance will have you emotionally invested in her character all through."[17]

Bhatt next featured in Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala's joint production 2 States with Arjun Kapoor. The movie which released in April 2014, was an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name.[18] For her role as Ananya Swaminatham, a Tamil girl, she learnt the language.[19] Critics were appreciative of her performance with publishing that Bhatt "really grows into the character and makes you believe that she's a career-oriented IIM-A grad."[20] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express added that Bhatt was a "surprise" and was "easy and fresh and natural."[21]

She is filming for Johar's next production Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania alongside Student of the Year co-star Dhawan.[19][22]

Other work

Bhatt with Randeep Hooda (right) and Imtiaz Ali (left), at the first look launch of Highway in 2014

Post her debut, Bhatt performed at several award functions like Filmfare, Screen, and Stardust apart from at an international event in Hong Kong with Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra.[23] She also performed at a special event alongside Varun Dhawan,Sidharth Malhotra, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor and Huma Qureshi to raise funds for the flood-affected victims of Uttarakhand.[24] She went on to shoot a special PETA ad for cats and other homeless animals.[25]

Bhatt performed playback singing along with Zeb for the song "Sooha Saaha" in Highway. Music composer for the film A R Rahman invited her to his music school where she could undergo training.[26] Bhatt also appeared on the fourth season of Koffee With Karan twice: the first time with Malhotra and Dhawan and the second time with Parineeti Chopra.

In the media

Bhatt is the ambassador of popular brands such as Coca-Cola, Garnier and Maybelline.[27][28][29] Raedita Tandon, editor of Filmfare, wrote about Bhatt, "After meeting Alia Bhatt, I came away with an unexpected feeling. Interviewing her was more like having a conversation with a gal pal. She's what one wishes every celebrity was – carefree and relaxed. There's no mincing of words with her and certainly no diplomacy. Maybe it's because she's all of 20 years. Or maybe she gets it from her father, Mahesh Bhatt. Either way, she's a delight. Though there has been a surge of young actors over the past years, only a few have managed to make a mark. Alia is definitely one of them. That too, with just her debut film, Student of the Year. But she's under no delusions. She knows she has a long way to go and is willing to work her 'ass off'"[30]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes Films That Have Not Yet Been Released


Year Film Role Notes
1999 Sangharsh Preet Oberoi Cameo appearance
2012 Student of the Year Shanaya Singhania
2014 Highway Veera Tripathi Also playback singer for song "Sooha Saha"
2014 2 States Ananya Swaminathan
2014 Humpty Sharma Ki DulhaniaFilms that have not yet been released TBA Filming

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Student of the Year BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Female Nominated[31]
2013 ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Female) Nominated[32]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Nominated[33]
Lions Gold Awards Favorite Debut (Female) Won[34]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[35]
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[36]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated[37]
Star Guild Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[38]
Times of India Film Awards Best Debut – Female Nominated[39]

Other honours


  1. ^ Sharma, Sarika (15 March 2014). "Alia Bhatt celebrates birthday shooting for ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Saxena, Kashika (11 October 2013). "I am sometimes retarded, sometimes composed: Alia Bhatt". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Gupta, Priya (14 January 2014) (14 January 2013). "I have great reverence for women: Mahesh Bhatt". Times of India. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Varma, Lipika (13 April 2014). "State of affairs: Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Shedde, Meenakshi (17 Februar 2014). "Berlin diary: Alia Bhatt’s family connection to the German city". Firstpost. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Dubey, Bharati (12 February 2014). "Alia Bhatt's German roots". Mid-Day. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Dutta, Pradeep (30 January 2001). "I’ll voice the worries of Kashmiri Pandits’". Indian Express. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Sharma, Neha (2 May 2010). "Another Bhatt on the block". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Anubha Sawhney (18 January 2003). "The Saraansh of Mahesh Bhatt's life". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Joshi, Sonali; Varma, Lipika (28 May 2012). "Alia Bhatt's silver screen debut". India Today. New Delhi. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "The new stars of Bollywood". Hindustan Times. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Student of the Year (2012) | Hindi Movie Critic Review By Taran Adarsh". Bollywood Hungama. 
  13. ^ "Anupama Chopra's review: Student of the Year". Hindustan Times. 19 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Box office verdict 2012". 
  15. ^ "Movie review: Alia Bhatt delivers a power-packed performance in Highway". Hindustan Times. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  16. ^ Gupta, Rachit (21 February 2014). "Movie Review: Highway". Filmfare. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  17. ^ Chopra, Sonia (20 February 2014). "Highway Review: Don't miss it!". Sify. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "IT’S A WRAP FOR 2 STATES! Dad Encourages Alia Bhatt". 9 December 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Kanabar, Ankita R. (20 February 2014). "Alia Bhatt plays a Punjabi girl in Humpty Sharma….". The Indian Express. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  20. ^ Sharma, Paloma (18 April 2014). "Review: Nothing should keep you from watching 2 States". Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  21. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (18 April 2014). "2 States movie review : Alia Bhatt is easy, fresh and natural". The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Alia is exhausted and unwell". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  23. ^ Parikh, Urvi (24 September 2013). "Karan Johar's 'students' Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan perform at Hong Kong". MSN. 
  24. ^ "Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra unite for a cause – Entertainment – DNA". Daily News and Analysis. 10 August 2013. 
  25. ^ "Alia Bhatt roped in for PETA campaign - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 25 October 2013. 
  26. ^ Sonali Joshi Pitale (27 February 2014). "I am politically ignorant, says A R Rahman". Mid-Day. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "Alia Bhatt's kitty full with endorsement deals". 
  28. ^ "Alia Bhatt to endorse Garnier? | Hindi Movies News". 23 January 2013. 
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  30. ^ 8 Aug 2013 Rate Story (8 August 2013). ""Arjun's confidence blew me away"- Alia Bhatt". 
  31. ^ "3rd Annual BIG Star Entertainment Awards Nominations". Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  32. ^ "Nominations announced for ETC Bollywood Business Awards". Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  33. ^ "Nominations for 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  34. ^ "Lions Gold Awards Winners 2013". Indicine. 
  35. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2013: Team 'Barfi!', Vidya Balan, Salman Khan bag big honours". 
  36. ^ "Alia Bhatt—Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  37. ^ "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2013". Bollywood Hungama. 
  38. ^ Trivedi, Dhiren. "8th Star Guild Apsara Awards Nominations: Shahrukh Khan or Ranbir Kapoor, Vidya Balan or Priyanka Chopra – who will win?". 
  39. ^ "TOIFA Awards 2013 Nominations". Indicine. 
  40. ^
  41. ^ "Times Most Desirable Women 2012 – Results". ITimes. 
  42. ^ "FHM India's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2013: The full list!". Pinkvilla. 
  43. ^ "Shah Rukh Best Actor, Sridevi Best Actress, JTHJ Best Movie, Dabangg 2 Best Music: Koimoi Audience Poll 2012 Winners List". 22 January 2013. 
  44. ^ Priya Gupta & Garima Sharma, TNN (29 August 2013). "The most promising newcomer female for 2012 is". The Times of India. 

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