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Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt Garnier 2015.jpg
Bhatt at an event for Garnier in 2015
Born (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 22)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 2012–present
Parent(s) Mahesh Bhatt
Soni Razdan
Relatives See Bhatt family

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).[1][2][3]

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.

Early life

Bhatt was born on 15 March 1993,[4][5] to Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan. Her father is of Gujarati descent[6][7] and her mother is of Kashmiri and German ancestry.[8][9][10] Bhatt has an elder sister, Shaheen (born 1988)[11] 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.[12]


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

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.[13] She had her first leading role in 2012 with Karan Johar's Student of the Year, alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan.[14] 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."[15] 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."[16] Student of the Year was a financial success, grossing 700 million (US$11 million) domestically.[17]

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.[18] 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."[19] Sonia Chopra of 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."[20] However, the film underperformed at the box office.[21] She won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for the film, and garnered a Best Actress nomination at the ceremony.[22][23]

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.[24] 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."[25] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express added that Bhatt was a "surprise" and was "easy and fresh and natural."[26] The film emerged as a major commercial success,[27] earning over 1 billion (US$16 million) in domestic ticket sales.[28]

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.[29] 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".[30][31] Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania also proved to be a box office hit.[32] Later that year, Bhatt appeared in a short film on women's safety, entitled Going Home, from director Vikas Bahl.[33] Box Office India reported that her accomplishments in 2014 established her as a leading actress of Bollywood.[1]

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.[34][35] She is filming Udta Punjab, a thriller on substance abuse from director Abhishek Chaubey, that co-stars Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan.[36] She is also filming alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan for Shakun Batra's family drama Kapoor and Sons,[37] and has committed to feature alongside Ranbir Kapoor in Ayan Mukerji's untitled project, a fantasy film about a man with superpowers.[38] In addition, she will reunite with Varun Dhawan for Karan Malhotra's drama Shuddhi.[39]

Other work

Bhatt at an issue launch of Vogue India in 2012

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.[40] 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.[41] She also took part in a campaign for PETA to raise awareness about homeless animals.[42]

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.[43] Also in 2014, she sang the unplugged version of the song "Samjhawan", for the composers Sharib-Toshi, in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.[44]

In 2014, Bhatt launched her own line of clothing for women, in association with the online fashion portal; she described the collection to be "very simple" and "very me".[45] She is also the celebrity endorser for a number of brands and products, including Coca-Cola, Garnier and Maybelline.[46][47]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
1999 Sangharsh Young Preet Oberoi Special 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 Dulhania Kavya Pratap Singh Also playback singer for song "Samjhawan Unplugged"
2014 Going Home Short film
2014 Ugly Shalini Cameo appearance[48]
2015 ShaandaarFilms that have not yet been released TBA Post-production[35]
2016 Kapoor and SonsFilms that have not yet been released TBA Filming[37][49]
TBA Udta PunjabFilms that have not yet been released TBA Filming[36]

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
2013 Student of the Year Lions Gold Awards Favourite Debut (Female) Won[50]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Nominated[51]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[52]
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[53]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated[54]
Star Guild Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[55]
Times of India Film Awards Female Debut Nominated[56]
2014 Highway Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Won[57]
Best Actress Nominated[58]
Best Actress – Drama Nominated[58]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Social - Drama Film - Female Nominated[59]
2 States BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) - Female Nominated[59]
Most Entertaining Jodi of the Year (shared with Arjun Kapoor) Won[60]
Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film - Female Won[59]
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Stardust Awards Best Actress – Comedy/Romance Nominated[58]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film - Female Nominated[59]
N/A Star Plus Entertainer of the Year (shared with Sidharth Malhotra) Won[60]
2015 Highway Star Guild Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated[61]
2 States Nominated[61]
Screen Awards Best Actress (Popular Choice) (also for Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania) Nominated[62]
Highway Best Actress Nominated[63]
Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Actress Nominated [23]
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress Won [22]
2 States IIFA Awards Best Actress Pending[64]

Other honours


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