The rise of Alia Bhatt as an actor in recent years has been an incredibly positive change in Bollywood. Almost as positive as Bollywood accepting Nawazuddin Siddiqui with open arms.
Alia Bhatt has more than once answered her critics by delivering amazing performances that have made even her less intense roles memorable. And to think of it, she’s all of 24 years of age. In fact, she’s turned 24 today. And thus, to honor her talent on her birthday, we’ve made some leaps of re-imagination to bring you iconic film roles played convincingly by Alia Bhatt.
Disclaimer: This is purely a work of imagination that does not require expletives to be thrown around, should there be a difference of opinion.
Geet from Jab We Met:
This is another character that will seem close to home to Alia Bhatt. A chatty rebel who’s too naive for her own good is pretty much how the world saw Alia Bhatt for a long time. However the fact that she made people think of her like that also contributes to us believing that Alia Bhatt would have nailed the role of Geet.
Rose from Titanic:
We’ve seen Alia Bhatt play around with various shades in her roles. What we haven’t really seen so far is the quiet sophisticated girl who’s also a romance icon now. To re-imagine the role of Rose Dawson with Alia Bhatt in it gives the role very interesting possibilities.
Simran from DDLJ:
This is the entry in the list where most people won’t agree with but since the writer had a vision, he’s going to include this in the list. It’s not entirely unbelievable after all to have Alia say “main parties nahi jaati” while wearing big glasses.
Basanti from Sholay:
Come on, you can’t say this is a bad judgement call. Alia’s portrayal in Udta Punjab has showed us that she can master regional accents and deliver complex expressions without a false note. So, the role of Basanti falls perfectly in Alia’s hypothetical lap.
Alia is our generation’s Basanti. Gotta admit that!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
The classic Hollywood film is as much reminisced for its story as it is for Audrey Hepburn’s heartfelt portrayal of a socialite. Knowing Alia and her range of emotions, little doubt remains on how well she would have portrayed the iconic role.
Jhilmil from Barfi:
Priyanka Chopra gave the best performance of her career in the role of Jhilmil. While Priyanka was great in it, one could also imagine the evolved Alia Bhatt to dip herself in the world of Jhilmil to bring about realistic portrayal of an autistic girl who finds love in the most unlikely of places.
Mastani from Bajirao Mastani:
The now cult film from the legendary filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a product of great screenplay and equally brilliant acting. It won’t be totally bizarre to imagine Alia Bhatt in the role of Mastani Bai from the film. Specially since this is one genre of films Alia Bhatt is yet to explore.
Paro in Devdas:
Devdas was another example of when a master storyteller joined hands with brilliant actors. The role of Paro needed an actor to convey more with less expressions. Having tears roll down the cheeks while still maintaining a poker face is something we would all love to see Alia Bhatt do. Under Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s direction, Alia’s talent is only expected to reach unmatched heights.
As Alia Bhatt turns 24 today, we at Being Indian decided to re-imagine in a string of iconic roles that we believe she could have pulled off. Fans may or may not agree with the our re-imagination of these roles but no one can outrightly reject Alia Bhattto nail these roles.
Being Indian wishes Alia Bhatt a fun-filled 24th birthday and hopes to see the actress reach new milestones in her career.
Brilliant illustrations by Snehal Ladke for Being Indian.