Alia Bhatt (born 15 March 1993) is a British actress who appears in Bollywood films.The daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, Bhatt first appeared on screen as a child artist in a minor role in the thriller Sangharsh (1999). As an adult, she made her acting debut alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan in Karan Johar’s romantic drama Student of the Year (2012).
Bhatt’s portrayal of a teenage girl who develops stockholm syndrome in Imtiaz Ali’s road movie Highway (2014) garnered her critical acclaim. She won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and also received a Best Actress nomination at the same ceremony. She went on to establish herself in Bollywood by starring in the romantic drama 2 States (2014), the romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), and the drama Kapoor & Sons (2016), all of which earned over 1 billion (US$15 million) worldwide. Also in 2016, Bhatt played a poverty-stricken migrant in the crime drama Udta Punjab.
In addition to acting in films, Bhatt has performed at the Filmfare, Screen and Stardust award ceremonies, and has also participated in a stage show in Hong Kong alongside Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra. In 2013, she performed at a charity event with Dhawan, Malhotra, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor and Huma Qureshi to raise funds for the flood-affected victims of Uttarakhand. She also took part in a campaign for PETA to raise awareness about homeless animals.
Bhatt has performed playback singing for the song “Sooha Saaha” in Highway (2014). A. R. Rahman, the composer of the film, invited her to his music school to undergo training.Also in 2014, she sang the unplugged version of the song “Samjhawan”, for the composers Sharib-Toshi, in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. In 2016, she sung an alternate version of the song “Ikk Kudi”, for the soundtrack of Udta Punjab, with her co-star Dosanjh.
In 2014, Bhatt launched her own line of clothing for women, in association with the online fashion portal Jabong.com; she described the collection to be “very simple” and “very me”.She is also the celebrity endorser for a number of brands and products, including Coca-Cola, Garnier and Maybelline.