Alia Bhatt came as a breath of fresh air in Bollywood. With a perfect Karan Johar launch in Student of the Year, Alia Bhatt was just another Bollywood star kid who got things easily, no one can deny that opportunities come to her and other star kids far easier than those who are 'outsiders'. And Alia Bhat faced just that, however, the chorus was not so much at her time of debut in 2012 as much it is now with Twitter screaming Nepotism at every Jahnvi, Ananya or Suraj’s debut announcement.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, both celebrated Bollywood personalities are the parents of Alia Bhatt, however, in the case of this 25-year-old star, the narrative is different. Yes, she got her chance easily but it seems she was only looking for an opportunity as her choice of roles aptly showcases the range of her oeuvre. She took the bull by its horns. One film after the other, Alia proved her mettle and is now a frontrunner of her generation.
Just her second film - Imtiaz Ali's Highway where she played the role of a girl coping with sexual abuse in childhood - she won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, a feat few could achieve. This made people and critics sit up and notice the newbie.
A perfect beginning for a star-kid and her subsequent choice of films such as - 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Shaandar, Kapoor & Sons, Udta Punjab - they all consolidated her position in the Bollywood and made her a favourite with producers and directors who raved about her range and talent. Her next film Dear Zindagi made even the strictest of critics say good things about her.
And if her upcoming film Raazi's trailer views and response is anything to go by, she is already sitting on a blockbuster. Her lineup is quite stron for the coming years. She has films like Gully Boy with Ranveer Singh and Brahmastra that will release in 2019.