Alia Bhatt (born 15 March 1993 is a Indian British film actress and singer who works in Bollywood. Born into the Bhatt family, she is the daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan. After making her acting debut as a child artist in the 1999 thriller Sangharsh, Bhatt played her first leading role in Karan Johar’s romantic drama Student of the Year (2012), which earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
Bhatt established herself in Bollywood by starring as the female lead in several commercially successful films, including the romantic drama 2 States (2014), the romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), the drama Kapoor & Sons (2016) and the coming-of-age film Dear Zindagi (2016). She received critical acclaim for portraying emotionally intense characters in the road drama Highway (2014), which won her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, and the crime drama Udta Punjab (2016), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
In addition to acting in films, Bhatt has launched her own line of clothing for women. She has sung five of her film songs and participates in stage shows and concert tours.
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. In 2014, she sang the unplugged version of the song “Samjhawan”, for the composers Sharib-Toshi, in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. In 2016, she sang an alternate version of the song “Ikk Kudi”, for the soundtrack of Udta Punjab, with her co-star Dosanjh.
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 Sidharth 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. In August 2016, she performed in various cities of the United States as a part of the “Dream Team 2016” tour, alongside actors Dhawan, Malhotra, Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra, filmmaker Karan Johar, and singer Badshah.
In 2013, Bhatt took part in a campaign for PETA to raise awareness about homeless animals. The following year, she 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.