Alia Bhatt is an Indian actress who made her debut with Karan Johar's Student of the Year.
Alia is the daughter of director, producer, and screenwriter Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan, a film actress and director. She has one sister Shaheen Bhatt, a half sister Pooja Bhatt, and a half brother Rahul Bhatt. Actor Emraan Hashmi and director Mohit Suri are her cousins and producer Mukesh Bhatt is her uncle. Alia has completed high-school from Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai.
She started her career in Bollywood as a lead role in the film Student of the Year where she starred opposite newcomers Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan (David Dhawan's son).
In 2014, Bhatt had three film releases. She played the protagonist of Imtiaz Ali's road film Highway opposite Randeep Hooda. Her portrayal of a lonely teenage girl who develops stockholm syndrome after being abducted was acclaimed by the critics.
Bhatt next featured in Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala's joint production 2 States with Arjun Kapoor. An adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name, it narrates the story of two IIM Ahmedabad students who encounter trouble in convincing their parents to approve of their relationship. For her role as Ananya Swaminatham, a headstrong Tamil girl, she learnt the language. Bhatt's final appearance that year was as Kavya Pratap Singh, a Punjabi girl who engages in a romantic affair with a stranger a few days prior to her wedding, in the romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Co-starring Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Shukla, the film was described as a tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) by Johar, who served as producer.
As of December 2014, Bhatt has completed work on Vikas Bahl's Shaandaar, a destination wedding film opposite Shahid Kapoor, in which she will play the role of an insomniac. She will also feature with Kapoor in Abhishek Chaubey's Udta Punjab, a thriller on substance abuse. In addition, Bhatt has committed to star alongside Ranbir Kapoor in Ayan Mukerji's untitled project, a fantasy film about a man with superpowers.