The Alia Bhatt I Know…
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The Alia Bhatt I Know…

What differentiates Alia Bhatt from her contemporaries is that she has not changed despite the superstardom. Her personality, like her talent, remains pure

Mallika Sherawat, Vicky Kaushal, Nawazuddin Siddiqui,  Shraddha Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor,  Kapil Sharma….what  is in common to all of  them? I will tell you what:  I’ve seen  all of them  change overnight. Some of them have become unrecognizable  monsters. It takes a lot of willpower and grace to remain oneself even after stardom hits you. I have seen  success affect actors in two ways. They either change completely,  or pretend not to change.

Alia Bhatt is the exception. She has not changed one bit since she sashayed into the sight in swirl of girlie poise in Karan Johar’s Student Of  The Year in 2012.  Alia was not only Student Of The year, she  was the  whole school. Endowed with the  kind of natural talent and fresh beauty that I saw in Lucille Ball and  Sridevi, Alia was just the antidote to the syntheticity that had crept into Bollywood ever since the norm and benchmark for feminine persuasiveness  became  how much and how frequently an  actress is seen on  social media.

Like Tiger Shroff, Alia Bhatt was treated as a bit of a joke on  social media when she  started  out. I don’t know who started  it. But Alia was branded an airhead  because she couldn’t tell Karan Johar who the  President  of India was on his show. She could laugh at herself and that made her special in an industry where actors you’ve known for years, take offence for one critical line written in a  review.

Alia Bhatt in Student of the Year

Alia Bhatt in Student of the Year

 Oof,  the  number of actors Karan has  got into trouble  by making them say more than they should! But I forgive Karan all his trespasses of excesses for having given Hindi cinema (and now Telugu cinema  too) Alia Bhatt. What an eye for talent Karan proved himself!  

I remember after watching  Student  Of  The  Year, I told Karan he had given Indian cinema three new stars. “But you mark my words. Alia is the most special talent to hit our cinema in years. She  will take  the  country by storm,” Karan had prophesied. Eight years later, Alia is the  youngest empress of  Hindi cinema, rivalling her success-ratio with Hema Malini  who is by far the most successful heroine of all times.

Nobody  makes  ‘Alia jokes’ any  longer. Waise bhi, Alia talks more sense than many of  her  contemporaries especially people like Kangana Ranaut who constantly run her down. Oh, damn!  Now Kangana is  going to berate me for propagating  nepotism. But honestly, it is not about whose  child you are. If it was that, then Mahesh Bhatt’s son too would be  a star by now.  Why  is  Alia the chosen one? Could it be her radiant beauty, her onscreen  presence  and  her ability to  grasp the  requirements of a character  without gasping for breath?

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt at the Brahmāstra logo launch

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt at the Brahmāstra logo launch

Or wait, is it the fact that the  purity of  her soul is reflected  in her screen  presence? The stories of  her generous spirit are legion. When my dear departed friend  Kalpana  Lajmi was in serious need of medical funds  it was Kalpana’s best friend, Alia’s mom Soni Razdan who was looking into the  critical situation. And  it was Alia who was quietly dishing  out the  money to pay  the bills. You won’t hear Alia’s  PR machinery creating  a brouhaha about her largesse.  Give the girl her parents,  grandparents, Karan  Johar, Ranbir Kapoor and her cat. And Alia is fully satisfied  with  life.

10 hits  in 7 years. And a big one, Brahmāstra coming up. Really, she couldn’t ask for more. Very rarely does success of this  magnitude  hit  its right target. This time, it’s  bang on target. So thank  you, Karan  Johar, for giving us Alia Bhatt.

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