She might have been under the radar for her poor General Knowledge, but her power-packed acting skills have more than compensated for it. She is bold, dynamic and slap-happy. In just a period of five years, the youngest of the Bhatt clan has managed to establish herself as one of the leading ladies of Bollywood. Today, as Alia Bhatt celebrates her twenty-fourth birthday, let us take a look at five of her best films till date:
5) 2 States – Ananya Swaminathan
The movie might have been titled ‘2 States’, but Alia’s performance as the bubbly, chirpy and strong-headed Ananya won people’s heart all over India. Loosely based on the novel by the same name, the story revolves around a Punjabi boy, Krish and a Tamilian girl, Ananya who fall for each other. How they manage to break past the barriers of cultural differences is what the film is all about. Upon release, the film was an instant hit with the youth and Alia won huge critical acclaim for her effortless performance!
4) Kapoor and Sons – Tia Malik
This movie boasted of one of the best ensembles of last year. The story revolves around two estranged brothers who return to their dysfunctional family after their grandfather suffers a cardiac arrest and how they manage to overcome their inner conflicts to come together for a family photo. Despite a short screen-time and the presence of a refulgent ensemble, Alia managed to hold her own. She managed to create magic every time she appeared on the screen and left us craving for more of her. The film went on to win several awards and gave us the party anthem of the year, ‘Kar Gayi Chull’!
3) Highway – Veera Tripathi
Given an unconditional pairing of Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt, the film was bound to have a good pre-release hype. While people were quite skeptical about her performance, she proved everyone wrong. She stunned everyone with her portrayal of Veera Tripathi, the daughter of a rich business tycoon, who is abducted by Mahabir Bhati and how she falls for her abductor during the course of her journey. Alia’s nuanced performance, especially towards the climax was appreciated by all and won her the Filmfare Award (Critics Choice). The film also marked Alia’s debut as a singer!
2) Dear Zindagi – Kaira
How many times have you seen someone work with a Khan and steal the limelight all by herself? Well, our Bhatt girl did exactly the same with Shahrukh Khan in last year’s sleeper hit, ‘Dear Zindagi’. The movie witnessed Alia playing the role of Kaira, a budding cinematographer, who is discontented with her life until she meets Jug, a psychologist who helps her gain a new perspective on life. The movie was praised for its thoughtful and inspiring content, and particularly for Alia’s breakthrough performance. The film won her several nominations as well!
1) Udta Punjab – Kumari Pinky
This one is, undoubtedly, Alia’s best performance till date. As a girl saddled with poverty and a victim of sexual abuse, Alia’s emotionally drafting performance was personally my favorite performance of the year. The movie, which deals with the harshness in the realms of drug-soaked Punjab, depicts four lives intermingled in the drug-trafficking act. Movie-goers were definitely in for a treat while watching a deglamorized self of Alia deliver a blockbuster performance. The movie fetched her many awards, most notably the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Way to go, girl!
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