Actress Alia Bhatt Unseen Childhood Pic

Alia Bhatt is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. Born into a family where her parents, Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan, and elder sister Pooja Bhatt were actors and filmmakers, Alia Bhatt made her acting debut at the age of 19 with Karan Johar's Student Of The Year (2012), which was a moderate box-office commercial success.

Alia Bhatt was born on March 15, 1993 in Mumbai to Bollywood personalities Mahesh Bhatt (Father) & Soni Razdan (Mother). Her father Mahesh Bhatt is a director, producer, and screenwriter while her mother Soni Razdan is a film actress and director. She has one elder sister Shaheen Bhatt, a half elder sister Pooja Bhatt, and a half elder brother Rahul Bhatt. Actor Emraan Hashmi and director Mohit Suri are her cousins and producer Mukesh Bhatt is her uncle. Alia Bhatt has completed high-school from Jamnabai Narsee School IBDP in May 2011.


Actress Alia Bhatt Unseen Childhood Pic with Father Mahesh Bhatt


Alia Bhatt's first movie role was as a child artist was in bollywood movie Sangharsh (1999), starring Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta where she played the younger Zinta.

In 2012, Alia Bhatt made her debut in Karan Johar's Student Of The Year along with Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan.


My Lil’ Princess

Alia celebrated her 20th birthday on March 15 this year on the set of Imtiaz Ali’s Highway. It took me back to the March of 1993. Twenty years ago on March 13, 1993, the serial blasts had torn Mumbai to shreds. That day I had taken my wife Soni (Razdan), who was carrying Alia, to the gynecologist. The doctor couldn’t help speaking about the blood and gore he had witnessed on the streets as he passed through Century Bazaar in Worli. On the one hand, there was a stirring of life, on the other there were images of death – a strange juxtaposition of the Indian reality. Alia, younger to my daughter Shaheen (Bhatt, writer/director), was a quiet child. Soni would remark she’s ‘a sorted girl’. As a student she was bright. I’d drop her to school; even pick her up at times.

I’d often be asked to lend my celebrity presence for the annual day functions. I even attended her graduation ceremony and loved her fascinating attire. Interestingly, though my friend, philosopher and guide, the late guru UG Krishnamurthy, was not a soothsayer, he happened to predict – this girl is going to be a star! Maybe her demeanour and gait made him say that. In fact, Alia even played a bit role in Sanghursh (1999) – the childhood of Preity Zinta. She came on the set, gave the shot with great confidence and left. Then I remember when we were shooting with Bipasha Basu and John Abraham for Jism (2003) at a restaurant outside my house, Alia, in school uniform, dropped in to watch the shooting. I saw the longing in her eyes as she watched Bipasha perform. “You want to be in her place, right?” I asked Alia. She replied, “Yes.”

Student Of Stardom

So, when she was picked by Karan Johar for SOTY it didn’t come as a surprise. Of course, I’m glad that she went through Karan’s scrutiny. He’s someone who wouldn’t settle for mediocrity. Prior to that Sanjay Leela Bhansali had wanted to make Ballika Badhu. He had heard about Alia and came to meet me. But Alia was studying then.

Coming back to SOTY, the evening before she was to begin shooting, she came to the office. She looked pale and said softly, “What if you realise that you can’t have what you most desire because you don’t have the necessary skills for it?” I asked her to explain that. She said, “I can’t do SOTY, I’m sacred.” I reassured her it was a very, very healthy sign. Emraan (Hashmi) who was around told her, “If you think you’re bad now, you’ll be worse tomorrow. Face the camera, just go through it.” He gave her no sugary talk. I then went on to share a memory I had of the great Dilip Kumar whom I was to interview at the London Museum in Bradford. Prior to going on stage, Dilip saab had asked me how I’d be introducing him and what the flow of the interview would be. He had held my hand nervously and said, “Every time you face the camera or a live audience you experience this deep uncertainty whether you’ll be able to deliver.” I told Alia that if the biggest actor India has ever witnessed has the candour and innocence to express this then you’re on healthy ground. In fact, I’d have been nervous if she was not nervous.

Alia’s 82-year-old grandmother is a survivor of the Second World War and the Nazi regime. A Sunday before the release of SOTY we were having lunch, when she happened to remark, “What if the movie doesn’t do for Alia what she expects from it?” Alia replied, “I’ll have to take it in my stride.” That was mature!

I didn’t see any of SOTY till I was invited by Karan to watch it. I was amazed by her performance. It made me wonder when she had learned all that; she danced so confidently, especially in the Radha song. When after the first show in the theatres, news trickled in that the film had been appreciated; there was excitement at home. I pulled out an old diary and told Alia, “Now that you’re an actor, can you give me an autograph?” She scribbled, “Dear Papa, thanks for not helping me at all during the making of SOTY. I love you very much.” That was the greatest testimony of being a good parent. Parents cripple their children with their anxiety. Their own universe becomes a cage for the children. They do not have the humility to concede to themselves that their children have insights, which are unique. More credit to Soni, who despite being an actress didn’t smother her. I’m also proud with way Alia stood on the marketing platform. She was respectful in the Big Boss show towards Salman Khan as she was towards Mr Amitabh Bachchan in Kaun Banega Crorepati. But there was no phony or put on reverence, something that upstarts usually tend to show.

Dad’s Word

Advice? Well, I’ve cautioned her that this is a business like any other business. Hard work, anxiety and anguish are veiled by glamour. You cannot escape the dizzying euphoria of success and you may believe that it will go on forever. But long productive careers do not happen by chance. They need to be fuelled by sincere work. Also, the outcome of a movie does not depend only on your performance. It depends on how the nation wakes up that Friday.

This is an unforgiving space, it worships success and hates failure, it has its highs and extreme lows. Competition is a reality, it’s a dog eat dog world. I told Alia that whenever you experience a sense of fulfillment, immediately watch the work of someone brilliant. It will reflect your own mediocrity. The realisation of your ignorance will keep you alive. I’m protective like every father. But I’ve never imposed any dos and donts. Even with Pooja (Bhatt) I’ve never played the father who pulls out the whip and says here are the dictates you have to adhere to. I can hardly be the person who can boast that he knows all.

Honestly, as a father I had more time with Pooja. I was unemployed those days. But with Alia and Shaheen I had less. I was busy with my movies. I never ever even remotely thought of making a film for Alia or my other children. I don’t see any such necessity that she should be part of Vishesh Films. Pooja too never wanted to be an actor. I needed a girl who was 17 to play the character in Daddy (1989) and Pooja fit the bill. Later, she refused to do Aashiqui (1990). But when she realised what she was missing, she returned! She wanted money and a great lifestyle. Alia too is ambitious or else she wouldn’t have got here. It’s the greedy who inherit the world not the needy. Incidentally, the three sisters, Pooja, Shaheen and Alia, share a great bonding something, which I’ve not engineered. I’ve never imposed an emotion on them being sensitive to the history (Pooja is Mahesh’ daughter from first wife Kiran while Shaheen and Alia are from his second wife Soni).

Star At Home

Of late, Alia’s become demonstrative. Recently, she returned from a long shooting schedule and insisted that we all be together for lunch and dinner as she had missed being with the family. Alia’s doing two remarkable films – one is Highway with Imtiaz Ali, which is a raw and dramatic take on the Indian girl. Then there’s Karan Johar’s Two States, an unusual narrative. Alia’s hugely popular with kids. Never in my life have I seen so many kids, aged 8-11, coming to our doorstep for autographs. In fact, recently, I had attended an event, when a young girl pointed her finger towards me and shouted, ‘Alia Bhatt’s father!’ She had associated me with Alia. All the illusions I had of being a celebrity crumbled to the floor that moment. Parents too come up to me and say, ‘our daughter is a great fan of Alia’. Surely, Alia has infused vitality in my advancing years.

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