Alia Bhatt is a British actress of Indian descent who predominantly works in Hindi films.
50 Facts About Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for playing a kidnapping victim in the road drama Highway, and went on to establish herself with starring roles in several romantic films produced by Johar's studio Dharma Productions.
Alia Bhatt won four Filmfare Awards for Best Actress for playing a victim of drug abuse in the crime drama Udta Punjab, an undercover spy in the thriller Raazi, a possessive girlfriend in the musical drama Gully Boy, and the titular prostitute in the biopic Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Alia Bhatt supports various charities, and is an investor and prominent brand endorser.
Alia Bhatt has sung seven of her film songs, including the single "Samjhawan Unplugged" in 2014.
Alia Bhatt is married to the actor Ranbir Kapoor, with whom she has a daughter.
Alia Bhatt was born on 15 March 1993 into the Bhatt family to Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan.
Alia Bhatt's father is of Gujarati descent and her mother is of Kashmiri Pandit and British German ancestry.
Alia Bhatt has an elder sister, Shaheen, and two half-siblings, Pooja and Rahul Bhatt.
Actor Emraan Hashmi and director Mohit Suri are her paternal cousins, while producer Mukesh Alia Bhatt is her uncle.
Alia Bhatt was educated at the Jamnabai Narsee School but dropped out of her twelfth grade to pursue acting.
Alia Bhatt has said that as a child, she "didn't miss him as such because I did not really have him", adding that they developed a closer bond only when she became an actress.
Alia Bhatt aspired to act from a young age, and has said that she first realised it while rehearsing for the school choir in kindergarten.
Alia Bhatt soon began dance lessons at Shiamak Davar's institute.
Alia Bhatt's first acting role was at age five in her father's production venture Sangharsh, in which she briefly played the younger version of Preity Zinta's character.
Alia Bhatt had her first leading role in 2012 with Karan Johar's teen film Student of the Year, alongside newcomers Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan.
Alia Bhatt played a sophisticated teenage girl involved in a love triangle.
Alia Bhatt found it in Imtiaz Ali's road film Highway, in which she starred as a young woman from a wealthy family who, after being abducted, develops Stockholm syndrome towards her captor.
Alia Bhatt took diction lessons to improve her Hindi, and was challenged by the emotional and physical requirements of the part.
Alia Bhatt has said that several aspects of her character's journey mirrored her own, as it was the first time she experienced situations that were different from her own privileged upbringing.
The film underperformed at the box office, though Alia Bhatt won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and gained a Best Actress nomination at the ceremony.
Alia Bhatt next appeared in Vikas Bahl's short film on women's safety, entitled Going Home.
Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express was appreciative of Alia Bhatt, labelling her a "surprise" and "easy and fresh and natural".
Alia Bhatt played the titular Punjabi girl who has an affair before her wedding with a flirtatious Punjabi boy, Rakesh, in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, directed by Shashank Khaitan, which was described as a tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge by Johar.
Alia Bhatt next took on the part of a poor Bihari migrant in Udta Punjab, a crime drama about substance abuse from writer-director Abhishek Chaubey.
Vetticad of Firstpost found Alia Bhatt to be "stupendous" in the role, adding that "the young star displaying the maturity and confidence of a veteran on camera".
Alia Bhatt launched her own production company named Eternal Sunshine Productions in early 2019.
Alia Bhatt attended acting workshops to learn a ghetto dialect to enable her to improvise on set.
Gully Boy won a record 13 Filmfare Awards, and Alia Bhatt was awarded with her career's third Best Actress trophy.
Alia Bhatt watched the films Mughal-e-Azam and Umrao Jaan to learn the body language of women from the era; to better her Urdu-speaking skills, she watched the Pakistani television series Zindagi Gulzar Hai.
Alia Bhatt next starred in Sadak 2, a sequel to her father's crime film Sadak, which due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India could not be released theatrically and instead streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.
The death of Sushant Singh Rajput sparked a debate on nepotism in the Hindi film industry; his fans blamed Alia Bhatt for being one of the beneficiaries of nepotism and for once speaking dismissively of Rajput on Johar's chat show Koffee with Karan.
Alia Bhatt portrayed the titular prostitute in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's biopic Gangubai Kathiawadi, which premiered at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Alia Bhatt next starred as a victim of domestic abuse in the Netflix black comedy film Darlings, which marked her first production venture under her company Eternal Sunshine Productions.
Simon Abrams of the TheWrap bemoaned that Alia Bhatt had been underused in a poorly written part, and disliked her chemistry with Kapoor.
Alia Bhatt will appear alongside Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan in the Netflix spy film Heart of Stone, which will mark her first American film release.
Alia Bhatt has performed playback singing for the song "Sooha Saaha" in Highway.
Alia Bhatt has performed on stage at the Filmfare, Screen and Stardust award ceremonies, and has participated in a stage show in Hong Kong alongside Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra.
Alia Bhatt took part in a campaign for PETA in 2013 to raise awareness on homeless animals.
Alia Bhatt joined a charity fundraiser in 2015 organised by Cuddles Foundation for cancer-stricken children, and in 2017, she walked the ramp to support the cause.
Alia Bhatt collaborated with the Indian arm of the NGO ActionAid in 2021 to provide essentials to underprivileged communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alia Bhatt designed her own clothing line for women in 2014 for the online fashion portal Jabong.
Alia Bhatt is an investor in the beauty company Nykaa and in India's first biomaterial startup Phool.
Alia Bhatt has frequently combated negative attention, including online trolling, for being a beneficiary of nepotism within the Hindi film industry.
Sangghvi noted that by making fun of herself, Alia Bhatt had "managed to counter all her critics and, in fact, endear herself to them".
Early in her career, Alia Bhatt was reluctant to discuss her personal life, stating that she would never publicly talk about her relationships.
Alia Bhatt has said that she does not deconstruct her craft, believing that "I'd become a machine rather than a human being".
Alia Bhatt has appeared in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list since 2014, peaking at the eighth position in 2019.
Alia Bhatt was listed in first place in The Times of Indias "50 Most Desirable Women" list of 2018, and she was named the "Sexiest Asian Woman" by the UK magazine Eastern Eye in 2019.
Alia Bhatt received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her roles in Udta Punjab, Raazi, Gully Boy and Gangubai Kathiawadi.