A grown-up but not-yet-twenty Alia Bhatt was seen in Karan Johar's Student Of The Year in 2012 sharing screen space with two debutants Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. But Alia debuted quietly way back in 1999. Her first movie role was as a child artist in Sangharsh (1999), starring Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta where she played the younger Zinta.
Her performance in SOTY was appreciated with film critic Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama stating, "Alia's role is reminiscent of Kareena Kapoor in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham … Extremely photogenic , Alia makes a super-confident debut. In fact, all three, Siddharth, Varun and Alia, are here tostay!".
Film critic Rajeev Masand was less liberal, he said, "Alia Bhatt is cute as the clueless Shanaya, if a little raw".
Komal Nahta commented, "Alia Bhatt ends up with a very dumb-blonde role who has to do standard ramp poses for the camera but she performs ably".
Raedita Tandan from Filmfare said, "Among the performances, Sidharth, Varun and Alia do their best not to seem like newcomers and they emerge triumphant. And Alia definitely has what it takes to be a star. The three make confident debuts".
All in all a decent, though humble beginning.
Sun Sign: Pisces
School/college: Jamnabai Narsee School IB
Personal life: Alia Bhatt's father Mahesh Bhatt is a director, producer, and screenwriter while her mother Soni Razdan is a film actress and director. She has one sister Shaheen Bhatt, a half sister Pooja Bhatt, and a half brother Rahul Bhatt. Actor Emraan Hashmi and director Mohit Suri are her cousins and producer Mukesh Bhatt is her uncle.
2012 Student Of The Year
2013 2 States – Filming
2013 Highway - Under production
On her age
There are actresses who started working at a very young age. Like my sister (Pooja Bhatt) started
working when she was 17. So age doesn't matter.
On her err.. skills
I am very flexible and can twist my knee clockwise. I can even touch my toe to my head.
On her favourite pastime
I can sleep for fourteen hours at a stretch. I can sleep like a log, literally!
On her co-star
They are special boys. And I know they’re going to make it big. Varun calls me a legend. He knows that I like to be pampered.