Actress Alia Bhatt, whose look from her upcoming film Raazi was unveiled on her 25th birthday on Thursday, said that movies keep her alive. Alia and Raazi producer Karan Johar treated her fans to a glimpse into her look for the film, which is directed by Meghna Gulzar. It is a period drama based on Harinder Sikka's novel "Calling Sehmat", about a Kashmiri spy married to a Pakistani man during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
Alia, who started her film journey with "Student of The Year" and has impressed critics and audiences with projects like "Highway", "Udta Punjab", "Badrinath Ki Dulhania" and "Dear Zindagi" among others, shared two images from "Raazi" on Instagram.
"Movies, or in this case my movies, aren't just something I do for a living. It's kind of the reason I feel like I'm alive. So... On my 25th birthday I've randomly picked out two images from the 25th day of shoot of 'Raazi' and the trailer will be out 25 days from today (April 9)... Happy Birthday to me," wrote the daughter of cinema veterans Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan.
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Movies or in this case MY movies aren’t just something I do for a living.. it’s kinda the reason I feel like I’m alive ☺️ SO...On my 25th birthday I’ve randomly picked out two images from the 25th DAY of shoot of RAAZI and and and the TRAILER will be out 25 days from today(9th April).. Happy Birthday to me 💫🍭☺️
Alia's "Raazi" look, as shared by Karan, features a close shot of the actress' face, which has minimal make-up. She is seen wearing simple golden earrings and a nose stud for jewellery.
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On this day 25 years ago you were born Alia. Your name had already been chosen in my head. Alia Knightly was a lovely British Indian model and when I read that name I had decided if I had a girl we would call her Alia. Luckily your father agreed. I had no idea what the name meant then. It was many years later that I found out it means ‘exalted’. And that you most certainly are. A month before you were born I had a dream. I saw your face clearly in that dream. Since then in these 25 years you have scaled great heights in your young life... true to your name. On this day, your birthday, I wish you all the best as always... but I also wish that you keep your core self intact. Your special simple sweet self intact through all the craziness and the heady ups and the not so heady downs of life ... don’t lose sight of who you really are inside. Because it’s that self that will be your guide and your most precious companion. Wish we were with you today... Happy Birthday sweetheart. Have a glass for me. Love always ... Mama ❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘🎂🎂🎂🎁🎁🎁🥂🥂🥂💋💋💋🙅🏻♀️🙅🏻♀️🙅🏻♀️
Vicky Kaushal, her co-star from the film, described her an "amazing human".
The Twitter world was abuzz with wishes for the young talent, who is counted amongst the best actresses in Bollywood today.
"Your growth as an actor has been phenomenal and this is just the beginning. Keep doing what you do best! Good luck," wished Anil Kapoor via Twitter.
Happy Birthday, @aliaa08! Your growth as an actor has been phenomenonal and this is just the beginning. Keeping doing what you do best! Good luck!— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) March 15, 2018
Akshay Kumar called her "immensely talented", and said: "You're the perfect example of 'good work speaks for itself'."
Happiest birthday to the immensely talented @aliaa08. You're the perfect example of 'good work speaks for itself.' Keep shining ✨✨✨— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 15, 2018
Composer Shankar Mahadevan wished Alia a "journey full of happiness and success ahead".
Her "Udta Punjab" and "Shaandaar" co-star Shahid Kapoor had a word of advice for Alia.
"Happy birthday! Enjoy these years, they don't come back. May you grow creatively even more than you already have. And may you be happy... always."
Designer Maseba Mantena, who lovingly calls Alia as "Aloo", said: "It's hard to believe you're just 25. You've come a long way and I can hardly wait to see what you do in the next leg of your incredibly inspiring life."
Others who wished her include Neha Kakkar, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, Pulkit Samrat, Maniesh Paul, Sophie Choudry and Nimrat Kaur.
(With IANS Inputs)