When Alia Bhatt debuted, there was no indication that we were being introduced to a powerhouse. She was a conventionally attractive star kid who came to us via the fluffiest possible film.
But in the four years since, Bhatt has made it her business to make us feel stupid for ever having such low expectations. In 2016, it's finally time to say conclusively: we should be glad to have Alia Bhatt. Here's why.
1.Because in an industry notorious for having a stick up its butt, she made goofiness and self-deprecation really, really cool.
2.Because while her contemporaries prefer uncontroversial, diplomatic statements, she just doesn't have the time to mince words.
3.Because, only two years into the industry, she began accepting substantial and challenging roles, even when they came at the price of glamour.
4.Because, at 23, she was cast in a role more intense, demanding, and moving than several actors do in their entire careers. And she frickin' NAILED it.
5.Because she's 23 and already brazenly fighting bigger battles than several actors do in their entire careers...
6.And she doesn't seem to give a flyin' fuck who she pisses off in the process. 🙊
7.Oh, and in case you forgot, her other release this year, Kapoor And Sons, was the first mainstream Bollywood movie to feature a progressively portrayed gay character.
8.Last year, while the industry scrambled to defend Salman Khan during his hit-and-run trial, she was the lone celeb to acknowledge that juuuust maybe he was in the wrong. It's not much. But it's more than anyone else dared say.
9.Because she's already secured a spot among legends, and seems to be far from done.