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Let's All Take A Moment To Applaud, Appreciate And Admire Alia Bhatt

The progressive powerhouse NOBODY saw coming.

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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.

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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.

When Bhatt was the butt of the internet's jokes for a general knowledge gaffe on Koffee With Karan, she teamed up with All India Bakchod to release a video about her fictional quest for intelligence.
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When Bhatt was the butt of the internet's jokes for a general knowledge gaffe on Koffee With Karan, she teamed up with All India Bakchod to release a video about her fictional quest for intelligence.

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.

Bhatt was 21 when she starred in Highway, a film that put her acting chops on grander display than her face. It was a daring decision for a fledgling Bollywood A-lister, and not one many others have made.
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Bhatt was 21 when she starred in Highway, a film that put her acting chops on grander display than her face. It was a daring decision for a fledgling Bollywood A-lister, and not one many others have made.

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.

If you haven't been irrevocably shaken by her performance in Udta Punjab, it's likely you haven't watched it yet.
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If you haven't been irrevocably shaken by her performance in Udta Punjab, it's likely you haven't watched it yet.

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.

Yup. Bhatt's two movies this year have tackled Punjab's drug crisis and and at-home upper middle class homophobia. No big deal.
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Yup. Bhatt's two movies this year have tackled Punjab's drug crisis and and at-home upper middle class homophobia. No big deal.

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.

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9. Because she's already secured a spot among legends, and seems to be far from done.

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