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Alia Bhatt Vs. Deepika Padukone
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In Hindi films, there was a period where there was stiff competition between Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra for the top position. Katrina Kaif lost the way with few flops and also her acting chops were never polished. She was always a limited actor despite being very hard working. She improved greatly as a dancer but her acting talent was lot to be desired. We have not seen her doing heroine orientated film or a challenging role as an actor.

Despite great talent and beauty, Priyanka Chopra was always in competition but never at top position. She shifted to Hollywood. Deepika Padukone has been ruling the roost. She has been the most commercial heroine of her time with recent success in last five years like 'Housefull', 'Cocktail', 'Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani', 'Chennai Express', 'Race2', 'Happy New Year', 'Bajirao Mastani', 'Ram Leela', 'Piku' and 'Padmavaat'. Deepika Padukone had played varied characters and has a range in her acting performances. She has challenged herself as an actor in commercial movies platform. 'Piku' was the only niche film and it was successful at box office. She was very good comic timing, which we noticed in films like 'Chennai Express' and 'Happy New Year'. The best part is that she pairs well with older actors like Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. Also she looks good when she is paired with younger actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. She is very graceful dancer.

Deepika Padukone has all qualities which top commercial film actress require. She needs to do few women orientated films and get box office success to stamp her authority. We can't put her in list of Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit yet. In last five years, the young actress Alia Bhatt has come up the ladder and has become a challenger to throne of No. 1 position for actress in bollywood. She had success with 'Student of the Year', 'Highway', '2 States', 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya', 'Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya', 'Udta Punjab', 'Kapoor and Sons', 'Dear Zindagi' and now 'Raazi' doing well at box office.

Alia Bhatt has grown as an actress and her career graph has also been brilliant. She has a better balance between doing commercial entertainers and niche films. She also has played varied roles and has a range in her acting performances. She has a disadvantage with her looks and body structure that we can't romantically pair her with older actors. She may either look their daughter or younger sister. She is a decent dancer but not as brilliant as Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. She is popular with today's audience. Meghana Gulzar directed 'Raazi' has been her success because she was star face of the film. Alia Bhatt has been better actor than Deepika Padukone when it comes to enacting emotional scenes.

Alia Bhatt has three big films 'Gully Boy', "Kalank' and 'Brahmastra' next year with young heartthrobs of this generation Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan and Ranbir Kapoor respectively. Deepika Padukone has only film Sapna Didi biopic next year with Irfan Khan. This will be stiff competition with young actors Jhanvi Kapoor (Sridevi Daughter), Sara Ali Khan (Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh Daughter) and Ananya Pandey (Chunkey Pandey Daughter) are making their debuts this year. We will get to see interesting rivalry of Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt to be top actress in coming years

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