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Alia Bhatt - The Powerhouse Performer
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The Karan Johar directed 'Student of the Year' gave the film industry three new stars in Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt five years backs. The students have been doing well as actors and have been consistent as far as the box office report card is concerned. Alia Bhatt, daughter of famous film maker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, looked stylish in her first movie but her acting chops needed to be honed. The critics thought she is another star daughter, who may not go a long way.

Alia Bhatt surprised the audience with Imtiaz Ali's 'Highway', her second film. Her acting performance was applauded by critics and audience. She shared wonderful chemistry with her co actor Randeep Hooda. The performance was raw and hard hitting. She played a character, who was sexually abused as a child. The character was complex and had undergone trauma within. It was a complete U-Turn for her as an actor from her first movie. In her next film, 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania', a typical Bollywood potboiler, she proved that she can stand her own in commercial films also. Her romantic chemistry with Varun Dhawan was sweet and cute. She showed a good flair for comedy.

'2 States' was a turning point in Alia Bhatt's career as far as box office is concerned. It was her first film which went on to be a part of the 100 Crore Club at the domestic box office. The movie was based on author Chetan Bhagat's novel '2 States'. The movie was well liked by the audience and the pairing of Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt was good too. She played her South Indian character Ananya to perfection. Her fans grew immensely afterthis film. She looked beautiful and stylish in the film.

'Shaandaar' was the most disappointing film from her kitty and a really bad film. Failures are stepping stones to success. Shakun Batra's 'Kapoor and Sons' was more of a family drama. Alia Bhatt's role was short but impactful. Her next film 'Udta Punjab' was the best film of her as a performer. She stole the show with her brilliant performance as a Bihari character, who has migrated to Punjab. Her accent was right. It was a very difficult character, who is constantly raped in the film and she is put into drugs. You feel emotional watching the performance. Rightly she has won lot of awards for this film for best actress.

Gauri Shinde's 'Dear Zindagi' was another performance which she can be proud of. She held her own in all scenes with Shahrukh Khan in the film. She has grown as an actress in her last two films. Her emotional vulnerability was well noticed in both her roles. 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' was really needed by her after two strong emotional roles. In this film also, her character is ambitious and want to be independent. The character wants to make her own choices in her life. It was a fun film. Her chemistry with Varun Dhawan was superb and it was an entertaining film for the masses. The film proved to be the biggest box office success of her career.

Despite coming from a family of eminent producers and directors, Alia Bhatt is yet to do film with them. She has been independent and making her own choices as an actor. Her choices as an actor has been interesting and she has been constantly reinventing herself. Her characters in the films have been good examples of strong, independent women and making their own choices in life. She is still not your typical Bollywood heroine. We are yet to see her in doing roles larger than life characters and musical dance films. The Indian actresses are expected to be graceful in their dance. She is good but not up to the level of Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif. She also needs to develop star like quality in her. Alia Bhatt is a powerhouse actress and we have no doubt about it after 'Highway', 'Udta Punjab' and 'Dear Zindagi'.

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