Alia Bhatt is currently the hottest actress going around in Bollywood. She has just been bestowed the Filmfare Best Actress award for her energetic show in that fun caper Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani and we figured that it was time to complile the best Alia Bhatt movies list.
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She debuted in 2012, but in the short span since then, she has established herself not only as a top starlet but also as a creditable actress- already winning the National Award in 2023.
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When she arrived, she was labelled a ‘no kid’ (daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan). Now she is a capable artist in her own right and that is how you make your critics eat humble pie. Let talent and performance speak.
10 Best Alia Bhatt Movies
Here’s a compilation of the 10 best Alia Bhatt movies. Films like Udta Punjab, which deserve to get on the list, are not included here simply because they’re not currently available on any streaming platform.
Student of the Year (2012)
Directed by Karan Johar, the film was every inch blingy and loud. But that was the idea. This launch pad for Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra — all of them gawky on screen — was a commercial success but was panned by critics.
Among the three newcomers, it was Alia Bhatt who was criticized the most. Many, in fact, wrote her off. That she has reached the levels she has now is a testimony to her perseverance and ability. SOTY had good songs and a standalone sequel. But none of the leads of the original was part of it.
Highway was Alia Bhatt’s second movie, and this Imtiaz Ali directorial showed the world that Alia had what it takes to be a good actress. She broke her mould from SOTY.
In this kidnap-romance drama, her character has depth, and Alia is able to exploit that. This road film subversively turns the kidnap idea upside down. The kidnapping is a liberation for the lead—the film, which had Randeep Hooda as the male lead, had fabulous songs from A R Rahman. An actress was born in this film.
Highway is available to watch from Disney+ Hotstar.
2 States (2014)
This cross-cultural love story between a Tamil Brahmin girl and a Punjabi boy was better than the book (writer Chetan Bhagat’s own story).
The film stars Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, with Rohit Roy, Amrita Singh, Revathi, and Shiv Kumar Subramaniam in supporting roles.
If you are a Tamil, you’ll know Alia’s character is not a true creation but a mere reflection of popular stereotypes. But that is the fault of writing and direction (Abhishek Varman). Alia was, however, sincere and diligent, even if less than convincing.
But this cross-film is an important one in her career and is among the movies that get regular rewatches. It is fun to watch this.
Kapoor & Sons
This film once again brought together SOTY stars Sidharth Malhotra and Alia. Again, it was a Karan Johar production, though the direction was by Shakun Bhatra.
Kapoor & Sons is about a dysfunctional family, and apart from Sid and Alia, the film stars Rishi Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah and Rajat Kapoor.
The film, about human inadequacies, stays most entertaining. Despite the focus on the two male leads, Alia managed to hold her own and turned out an impressive and likeable performance as Tia Malik, a woman caught between two brothers.
Dear Zindagi (2016)
This Gauri Shinde directorial was deemed a path-breaker for normalizing therapy and has encouraged many youngsters to seek help.
Alia plays a budding cinematographer who suffers from insomnia after going through a series of career and relationship downturns. She then encounters a shrink, an unconventional thinker, who helps her gain a new perspective on life.
In a character that is difficult to like, Alia was fantastic. Alia gave a true performance without much makeup or hairstyle. The film continues to resonate with those who find their life at a crossroads in their twenties.
The film is based on Harinder Sikka’s 2008 novel Calling Sehmat. It is the real story of an Indian espionage agent who gets married into a family of military officers in Pakistan to relay information to India.
Set around the tumultuous backdrop of the Indo-Pak war of 1971, Alia plays Sehmat Khan, the 20-year-old Kashmiri girl thrust into the world of espionage to serve her country.
In one word, she was ‘terrific’. It is a complex role as she had to deal with various strands of her life — an espionage agent and a vulnerable wife. Alia dealt with the moral complexities of her character with rare assurance.
Directed by Meghna Gulzar, the film also features Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, and Jaideep Ahlawat in supporting roles.
Gully Boy (2019)
This was a never-before character for Alia. Bhatt’s character, Safeena, who fights for the right to live life on her own terms. An aspiring doctor character who is full of panache, wit, and courage, Alia is fully up to it.
Alia excelled in bringing out the bold, upfront and reckless side of Safeena, even when showing the vulnerability of her character. Be it her breakup with her boyfriend or her pleading to her mother to let her finish her studies and then get her married, Alia delivered a pitch-perfect performance in this Zoya Akhtar directorial. It’s easily one the best Alia Bhatt movies.
Inspired by the lives of Indian street rappers, the film is a coming-of-age story about one such musician from the Dharavi slums. Ranveer Singh was cast in the titular role.
This dark comedy showed why Alia and Shefali Shah are among the best female performers in the country. As an unconventional mother and daughter, the two were a hoot and inspirational for their no-nonsense attitude towards life.
Directed by Jasmeet K Reen, the film was a huge success on Netflix, where it premiered. The film received more than 10 million watching hours globally in its opening weekend, the highest for any non-English original Indian film. This was also Alia’s first movie as a producer (she co-produced it with Gauri Khan and Gaurav Verma).
Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022)
In a larger-than-life role, Alia was really larger than life. Little wonder her power-packed performance got her first National award.
She played the eponymous Gangubai, one of the most powerful, loved and respected madams from Kamathipura during the 1960s. The hard-hitting story of a sex worker who rises through the ranks of 60s gangland Mumbai is powered by the magnetic performance of Alia.
This Sanjay Leela Bhansali film also starred Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari, Seema Pahwa, Jim Sarbh and Ajay Devgn.
Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani (2023)
Rocky Aur Rani is one of Alia Bhatt’s recent releases and has landed her a Filmfare award. It is appropriate that it is for a film directed by Karan Johar. After all, her career started under the charismatic director.
The film is a fascinating attempt at addressing the clash between progressiveness and tradition. And Alia and Ranveer, as contrasting personalities, are simply superb.
He gives a rock-star performance, and Alia matches him step for step in a diva-like show as a media journalist in love with a loud, typical Punjabi guy from Delhi.
With rambunctious music, eye-catching outfits, and spirited dance, Alia gave it her all in this masala entertainer.
An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.