If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21

Updated: March 15, 2014 09:23 IST

Alia Bhatt is the most in-demand young actress in Bollywood today. All of two films old, Alia combines fresh-faced charm with very real acting chops and has been hailed as the next best thing by critics. On her 21st birthday, a look at her life and fledgling career.

If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
Alia Bhatt is the most in-demand young actress in Bollywood today. All of two films old, Alia combines fresh-faced charm with very real acting chops and has been hailed as the next best thing by critics. On her 21st birthday, a look at her life and fledgling career.
If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
Alia was born on March 15, 1993 to producer-director Mahesh Bhatt and his second wife, actress Soni Razdan. She is the half-sister of actors Pooja Bhatt and Rahul Bhatt and the niece of producer Mukesh Bhatt. Actor Emraan Hashmi and director Mohit Suri are her cousins.
If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
Alia has always wanted to become a Bollywood star, as she confessed on Koffee With Karan. At six, she made a cameo appearance playing the younger version of Preity Zinta in the 1999 film Sangharsh.
If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
Unlike her sister Pooja, there was no readymade launch pad in the form of a Mahesh Bhatt film for Alia. Instead, she made her debut as a lead actress in Karan Johar's 2012 hit Student Of The Year opposite fellow Bollywood rookies Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan.
If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
Alia was then cast as Veera, a poor little rich girl kidnapped and taken on a road trip which turns out to be a journey of self-discovery, in Imtiaz Ali's Highway. The film released in February 2014 to rave reviews and Alia's performance was singled out for praise.
If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
Alia has also begun forging a parallel career singing playback. She made her debut as a crooner with the song Sooha Saha in Highway. Composer A R Rahman was so impressed with her rendition that he insisted that she should continue her vocal training at his institute. Some reports even suggested a future collaboration between the two.
If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
On the same the day Highway released, the first look of Alia's next film 2 States was released on Twitter. The movie, produced by Karan Johar, is based on a bestselling novel written by Chetan Bhagat.
If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
Alia created a stir when she invited the media to her engagement on Twitter. This event was later revealed to be the launch of the trailer of 2 States in which she plays a South Indian who falls in love with the Punjabi Arjun Kapoor.
If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
Even as the songs from 2 States make a splash across TV screens and the internet, Alia is already shooting for her next project titled Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, opposite her Student Of The Year co-star Varun Dhawan.
If life is a Highway, Alia Bhatt is at milestone 21
Outspoken Alia is officially single but is rumoured to be dating her 2 States hero Arjun Kapoor. She has previously been linked with both her Student Of The Year co-stars, Sidharth and Varun. Given how un-guarded she usually is in interviews, we're guessing Alia might soon out herself and Arjun.

Till then, happy birthday.

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