Alia, the daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, might hail from the Bhatt camp, but that simply hasn’t kept her from being launched by one of Bollywood’s biggest film stables, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. The 19-year-old recently made her big-screen debut with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year alongside newcomers Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. A campus romance to be precise, Student of the Year features its three rising stars play the roles of students at an extravagant school, complete with Karan’s signature touch of dream-like glamour.
For Alia, being launched by Dharma Productions seemed a safe and sound stepping stone into the Bollywood industry. A fan of song and dance routines that usually add the frills to most of Karan Johar’s movies, Alia had no qualms about her debut film. Quoting Alia Bhatt, “But seriously, I enjoy dancing. I attended Shiamak Davar’s dance classes, trained in Bharatnatyam for two years. So, it’s not entirely new to me.” She has also previously stated that she had no wish to be launched by her father. Instead, for Alia, being launched by a production house away from is more than just a challenge. “If a doctor’s son wants to be a doctor, he’s sent to a medical school to study. In the same way, I want to go out and study acting for myself. If I had started off with my father’s film, it would’ve all been too easy,” says Alia.
Up ahead, Alia will star in yet another Karan Johar project, the film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller, 2 States. The actress will play a South Indian girl in the film and will star alongside Arjun Kapoor.