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Alia Bhatt

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Alia Bhatt was born on March 15, 1993 in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the Bhatt family of Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt and actor Sonny Rajdan. Alia Bhatt is an Indian actor, singer and British citizen who works on Hindi films.

Her father is of Gujarat descent, and her mother is of Kashmiri Pandit and German descent. She has British citizenship. She has an older sister, Shaheen, and two half brothers, Pooja and Rahul Bhatt. Actor Emraan Hashmi and director Mohit Suri are her relatives, and producer Mukesh Bhatt is her uncle. Bhatt was educated at Jamnabai Narsee School.

Born in the Bhatt family, she is the daughter of film director Mahesh Bhatt and actor Soni Razdan. Debuting as a child in the thriller Sangharsh in 1999, Bhatt first starred in Karan Johar's Teenage Drama Student of the Year (2012). She starred in several films produced by Johar's studio Dharma Productions, including Romance 2 States (2014), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), and Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017). And the adult drama Dear Jin (2016). Bhatt won the Best Actress Award for her role as a kidnapping victim on the road drama Highway (2014) and three Best Actress Awards for her role as Bihari Settlers in the crime drama Udta Punjab (2016). The capricious girlfriend of the thriller Raazi (2018) and the ambitious rapper of the musical drama Gully Boy (2019).

In 2013, Bhatt participated in the PETA campaign to raise awareness of homeless animals. In 2017, she launched an ecological initiative called CoExist to raise awareness of the welfare of street animals. The following year, she worked with Facebook Live for a campaign called Find Your Green, a campaign for environmentalism. Bhatt designed her own women's clothing brand for the online fashion portal Jabong.com in 2014, and in 2018 launched its own handbag line for VIP Industries.

In 2019, Bhatt founded its own production company called Eternal Sunshine Productions. She starred opposite Ranveer Singh in the musical Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy, inspired by the lives of street rappers Divine and Naezy. She attended an acting workshop to learn the ghetto dialect so she could improvise on stage. The film premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Marshall Lee wrote for Screen International and said, "It is Bhatt's keen acting that most successfully conveys the combination of Golly Boy's staggering humor, romance and social commentary. With global revenues of over $2.37 billion ($33 million), the film has emerged as Bhatt's highest-grossing release. Gully Boy won a record 13 Filmfare Awards, and Bhatt won the third Best Actress trophy in her career.

Bhatt sang playing the song "Sooha Saaha" on Highway (2014). The composer of the film, A. R. Rahman, invited her to a music school for training. In 2014, she sang an unplugged version of "Samjhawan" for composer Sharib-Toshi at Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. In 2016, she sang an alternate version of "Ikk Kudi" with Udta Punjab's soundtrack with her co-star Dosanjh.

Bhatt is also a celebrity advocate of several brands and products, including Coca-Cola, Garnier and Maybelline. Duff & Phelps is the 8th highest figure among Indian celebrities with an estimated value of her brand at $36.5 million in 2018.

Disappointed by the critical response to this year's student, Bhatt wanted to play a better role. She found it in Im Thiaz Ali's road film Highway (2014), starring as a lonely teenage girl with Stockholm Syndrome after kidnapping. She took pre-classes to improve Hindi and struggled with the emotional and physical needs of that part. Ali filmed the movies sequentially and shot several shots on the fly based on Bhatt's reaction. She said that because she was the first to experience a situation different from her privileged upbringing, many aspects of the character's journey reflect her. Variety's Ronnie Scheib noted her "lovable and cheeky performance" and praised her for "bringing the sadness and miserable intelligence behind." The movie was poor at the box office. Bhatt won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and was nominated for Best Actress at the awards ceremony. She also starred in Vikas Bahl's short film about women's safety, Going Home.

Bhatt has performed on stage at Filmfare, Screen and Stardust awards, and has also participated in stage performances in Hong Kong with Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra. In 2013, she worked with Dhawan, Malhotra, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor and Huma Qureshi to raise funds for Uttarakhand's flood victims at a charity event. In August 2016, she performed in several cities in the United States for the "Dream Team 2016" tour with Johar, actors Dhawan, Malhotra, Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra and singer Badshah.

Bhatt first starred in Karan Johar's teen film Student of the Year in 2012, alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. She auditioned with 500 girls and was cast after losing 16 kg. She played a stylish teenage girl involved in a love triangle. Hindustan Times' Anupama Chopra mentioned similarities between the character played by Kareena Kapoor and her character in Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... Hollywood Reporter Lisa Chering dismissed her as "exhausted." Not only is she elegant in the number of dances, but her expressions are limited, and digitally correcting her face throughout the film is distracting. Student of the year earned $960 million ($13 million) at the box office.

In 2017, Bhatt was named on the Forbes Asia list of under 30 years old. She has been included on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2014, ranking 8th in 2019. That year, the magazine estimated her annual income at $592.1 million ($8.3 million) and named her the highest-paid actress in the film. country. In 2018 and 2019, GQ's Indian edition ranked her as one of the 50 most influential young people in the United States and credited her for "balanced between high budget, all-star explosives, and script-driven films." Bhatt was number one on The Times of India's 2018 list of '50 Most Desirable Women'.

One of India's highest-paid actresses, winning four Filmfare Awards as of 2019. She has been on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2014, and has been on Forbes Asia's 2017 Top 30 Under 30 list.

In addition to acting in the film, Bhatt has launched her own line of clothing and handbags and is the founder of the ecological initiative CoExist. She sang six movie songs, including the 2014 single "Samjhawan Unplugged".

The ensemble-era drama Kalank recorded Bhatt's biggest budget film to that point. Set in the 1940s before the division of India, Dawan and her appeared as intersecting lovers. She watched the movies Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Umrao Jaan (1981) to learn the body language of women of the times. To improve her Urdu speaking skills, she watched the Pakistani TV series Zindagi Gulzar Hai. Shubhra Gupta lamented that she "can be grateful, but I've become furiously familiar." The film did not perform well at the box office.

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