Stardom is just an uneasy seat on top of a tricky toboggan. Being a star is merely perching at the head of the downgrade. A competent featured player can last a lifetime. A star, a year or two. There’s all that agony of finding suitable stories, keeping in character, maintaining illusion.
The reason why this actor has survived the test of time is not only because of her tenacity but also her humble demeanor. Yes, the woman of the hour is Alia Bhatt, celebrating her 24th birthday today and simultaneously in exultation after the staggering success of her film, Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
Bhatt established herself as an excellent actor very early on in her half-a-decade career. Never taking her stardom to her head and failure to her heart, she is unarguably the most ravishing and rousing performer of her generation.
Here’s a list of her brilliance as an actor-
4. HIGHWAY (2014)
What Bhatt did in her second film, many actors struggle to nail till their last films. A claustrophobic girl, trapped within her wedding preparations, is abducted at a gas station and brought to the harsh realities of the world. Gradually finding solace in her abduction, she rediscovers herself and subsequently falls in love with her abductor. It was a difficult role to carry, but the actor marveled in one of her career’s best till date.
3. DEAR ZINDAGI (2016)
It is hard to explain Kaira, the character the actor portrayed in this film. She can be described as complexed, complicated and cherophobic. It is only after a mental therapy by a psychologist that she realizes what she wants from life. With the right blend of anger, heartbreak, confusion and contentment, Bhatt created a character that charmed the audiences, despite not being smoothly affable.
2. UDTA PUNJAB (2016)
Unnamed throughout the film, the actor played the role of a farm worker who suffers from the trauma of sexual abuse. Shedding all her inhibitions and vanity, it was a fearless performance that deserved all the accolades and applauds.
1. GENIUS OF THE YEAR (2014)
The No.1 spot can be quite shocking, but that’s the truth. How many actors have the courage to laugh at themselves, that too on a medium as huge as the internet? Collaborating with the Indian comedy group, AIB (All India Bakchod), Bhatt was completely unabashed and unapologetic about her faux pass in this video. After having named Prithiviraj Chauhan as the President of India on the third season of Koffee with Karan, she was transformed into a meme overnight. Taking all of it with a pinch of salt, the actor delivered her best and raised uproarious laughs. Bhatt at her best.