Alia Bhatt enjoyed an easy beginning to her career in Bollywood. And her debut role of the glamorous Shanaya Singhania in Student of the Year dropped no hint about what she had in store for us in the coming years. Obviously, she has proven her acting prowess with every film since then. It is not just about her smarter choice of scripts but also, the empathetic and convincing performances that she has constantly been delivering.
From working with Imtiaz Ali to Gauri Shinde, Alia has experimented with her looks too, never shying away from crossing her comfort zone. And in less than a decade, she has managed to add an unbelievable number of shades to her acting portfolio- an enslaved migrant worker, a depressed cinematographer, an ambitious professional and more! It is difficult to sum up the beauty of all her avatars but here is a list of our favorites:
Veera Tripathi (Highway, 2014)
Our hearts totally went out to the childlike and adorable character of Veera. She is abducted just one day before her wedding and moved through several cities by the kidnappers. While traveling with the gang, she begins to enjoy the trip, recalls traumatic experiences of her childhood and develops a beautiful friendship with the prime abductor, played by Randeep Hooda. Her transition from fear to empathy, comedy and eventually love is a true delight to watch. Alia’s performance in the film has consistently drawn critical acclaim.
Ananya Swaminathan (2 States, 2014)
Ananya Swaminathan was a character based on the protagonist in Chetan Bhagat’s novel 2 States. Hailing from a conservative South Indian family, Ananya falls in love with a Punjabi boy in her college. The character’s strength was tested when she confronted her family about her relationship.
Kavya Pratap Singh (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, 2014)
Even in fluffy films like Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Alia Bhatt doesn’t fail to deliver earnest performances. She made us laugh and love her through and through as Kavya, a runaway bride who just wanted enough money for her dream wedding dress! Of course, things didn’t turn out the way she had anticipated and she found the love of her life in the most unexpected turn of events.
Kumari Pinky (Udta Punjab, 2016)
While the entire film Udta Punjab was showered with appreciation from fans and critics, it was Alia’s character that particularly stood out. Kumari Pinky, a tortured worker from Bihar, was a true contrast to Alia’s debut role. She perfected the rural accent, the body language, expressions and dialogue delivery to the tiniest detail. The actress was so convincing that we forgot she was just acting!
Kaira (Dear Zindagi, 2016)
Kaira was another perfect character that helped Alia maintain variety in her performances. A cinematographer dealing with personal and professional problems for a long time, Kaira was relatable to the majority of young professionals today. Her interactions with her psychologist Dr. Jehangir (Shahrukh Khan) were the essence of the plot. The film ended on a beautiful note, concluding Kaira’s story in a positive, inspiring fashion.
Sehmat (Raazi, 2018)
Raazi marked director Meghna Gulzar’s comeback after 2015’s Talvar. Alia Bhatt played the lead role of Sehmat, a Kashmiri woman married to a Pakistani man. The twist in the story was that Sehmat was a spy working for India! The film was an adaptation of the 2008 novel “Calling Sehmat” by Harinder Sikka. Alia’s intensity on screen and the brilliance with which she did justice to the role was truly fascinating.
Roop (Kalank, yet to release)
This upcoming period-drama by Dharma Productions has already created a buzz ever since its teaser release. Besides, the first-look posters of all the characters, glimpses into the movie’s grandiose and the epic background score have left fans in awe. And one of the striking highlights of the movie is Alia’s portrayal of Roop. Royal and intense, Roop is an epitome of courage and beauty in the movie. Moreover, the glimpses of Alia’s performance that we saw in the teaser promise another memorable role that we are eager to watch on screen.
Kalank releases on April 17. Don’t forget to book your tickets on Paytm.