Birthday Special: Alia Bhatt’s 8 films that showcased her as a versatile actress

Alia Bhatt’s career in the Bollywood film industry has been nothing short of inspiring. There were hints and glimpses of a celebrity in the making when she made her debut with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year. Alia Bhatt has illustrated her versatility as an actor time and time again, whether it’s in her stylish character in Student of the Year or her rugged desi look in Udta Punjab. She has often contended that deciding on different parts is a matter of challenging herself rather than demonstrating her variety.

Alia Bhatt has always established a name for herself by flouting complicated restrictions and demonstrating her talent. With innovative films like Highway, Gully Boy, Dear Zindagi and Raazi, the young star, previously known as Pink Barbie Princess, has left the audience surprised and is now one of the most respected young Bollywood celebrities. Her films oftentimes feature social protagonists who contribute to society, such as Highway, in which she depicted herself as a victim of abuse. Her performance amazed everyone, and she went on to have a string of hits, including Udta Punjab, Dear Zindagi, among others.

Perceiving her rise up the success ladder thus far, it is apparent that she is worth her weight in gold and that she is all geared up to provide one blockbuster after another in the future. Here is a glimpse at the range of characters Alia has played in her gilded career so far


The highway is a film about an industrialist’s young daughter who is kidnapped from a petrol station and examines what it’s like to be free on India’s roadways. In Highway, Alia Bhatt’s Veera was a wild child with dishevelled hair and dingy clothes who was taken captive by Mahabir Bhati (Randeep Hooda). Mahabir kidnaps Veera with his comrades, unaware that her father has powerful ties to the government. Fortunately, the several colours of her performance jumped off the screen. Highway was an inclined retort to those who had criticised her for SOTY. Alia Bhatt flourished into an outstanding actress as a result of Veera. She did an incredible job portraying her character, who was a mix of innocence and feistiness. She won Filmfare Best Actress (Critics) award for her outstanding performance.

2 States

Alia once again confirmed that she is not someone to be ignored easily in the next film- 2 States. She completely embodied the vibrant, strong-willed Ananya in the film 2 States. The beautiful actress was exceptionally delightful in the role and made the job look effortless. She was a true fit for the Tambrahm girl just out of IIM. Even though the film was a typical Bollywood romance with nothing unique to offer, Alia’s performance stood out and inhaled new life into the film.

Kapoor & Sons

The film Kapoor & Sons showed a number of different actors. Celebrities from each era appeared in the film. Rishi Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Fawad Khan are among the cast members. The film’s superb ensemble cast is rounded off by Alia Bhatt’s cheerful character as Tia Malik. Her character in Kapoor & Sons is one of the film’s modern roles. She is an energetic young lady who tragically lost her parents in a car accident. When she confides her story about the tragic incident, she is natural and uninhibitedly lovely. She excels in her roles as a companion, friend, and advisor to both Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan in the film.

Udta Punjab

In her own words, Alia took a major “risk” and played the “hardest” role in her four year career in Udta Punjab. She wasn’t dressed up and dancing amid Punjab’s luscious fields, after all. Rather, as the nameless, destitute young woman from Bihar, she struggles in them. Her life is turned upside down when a packet of heroin is thrown away from Pakistan lands in the field. She went from being a heroin vendor to being a drug addict and a sex slave in no time. Alia has aced that role that few expected her to be eligible of playing. She’s a natural performer and nearly made it look simple. Nobody was astounded when she won the Filmfare award for Best Actress for this film in 2017 since she earned it.

Dear Zindagi

Dear Zindagi is yet another film that ascertains this talented actress’s vast potential. Kaira is a promising cinematographer who is experiencing a major life crisis. Alia Bhatt makes an excellent portrayal as a fragile, edgy, irritated young woman who finds fault in everyone and everything. Kaira is sceptical of people and has a fear of commitment, therefore she holds grudges against practically everyone she knows, including her parents. Alia deserves kudos for portraying her peculiarities and difficulties so brilliantly.


Set in the early 1970s, right before the India-Pakistan war and based on true events, Raazi conveys a story of Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt), a Kashmiri girl whose life is turned upside down when she discovers her dying father’s final desire. So she goes from being an ordinary college student to being groomed as a deadly spy by Indian intelligence agent Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat). Alia had previously been seen as an innocently intense youngster in Highway, as a traumatised, situational drug addict in Udta Punjab, and as an orphan in Kapoor & Sons. You dive into her emotions every time she tears up throughout the movie, with a quivering lower lip and droopy eyes. Each tear reveals a distinct aspect of her character, which is a quality that only a guilelessly gifted actor can possess. She owns most of the film’s nail-biting political espionage moments.

Gully Boy

Alia Bhatt oozes a contagious charisma in Gully Boy. Safeena is a medical student from a traditional Muslim family and loves Murad (Ranveer Singh). The bonding between Murad and Safeena is evident from their first moments, characterised by a charming wordless sequence in a BEST bus that they have a genuine understanding that comes from years of being together. Portraying a fiery Muslim girl, who is unconstrained by her hijab or the confines of her home, Safeena establishes her territory, and you don’t want to cross her She beats up the girls who try to flirt with her sweetheart. She finds a way to get ahead of every door that is shut in her face. Both metaphorically and literally. Alia is fantastic in the part. The Bhatt girl shows what she’s made of in her short screen time.

Gangubai Kathiawadi

As she transforms into Gangubai, a sex worker turned mafia queen, she simply owns the screen. Alia’s body language, voice, line delivery, and expressions all express the confidence with which she has soaked up every part of Gangubai and conveyed it on screen. Although Alia has the tremendous task of credibly portraying a brothel madam turned mafia queen, she manages to do so with grace. Alia seems to consume Gangubai into herself, giving her a towering dignity, an amusing personality, a steel vein, and a crushed heart all at once. She also manages to keep her accent and the raspy voice she maintained for the job consistent without being obsessed with either. You can see how far she’s progressed as an actor, as well as the time and work she’s put into becoming Gangubai. It’s only appropriate to lavish her with applause.