It's been more than a year since actress Alia Bhatt was last seen on the big screen. She now returns to cinema with her latest flick Highway. We take a look at Alia's popularity chart and what to expect from her next film...
One film old Alia Bhatt is slowly becoming comfortable with her new-found stardom. Thanks to numerous controversies and well-executed publicity stunts. She is also coming out in the open about her relationship with actor Arjun Kapoor. They were recently seen arriving and leaving for a party together. She made no qualms about being seen together. Perhaps, it was just promotion for their movies.
Even though she is just one film old, she is relatively famous than many actors. Post her debut in Student Of The Year, Alia was seen walking ramps and posing for magazine covers. She even performed at various award shows. But 2014 is crucial for Alia as two of her films (Highway and 2 States) will release. She is also doing another film with Dharma Productions soon. It is called Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Varun Dhawan is her co-star yet again but this time he will marry her. The film was offered to her by Karan Johar whom she blindly follows and trusts.
Bhatt is now all set to appear in Imtiaz Ali's Highway opposite Randeep Hooda. With this film she marks her debut as a singer. She plays a young city girl who is full of life. Alia says she didn't attend any workshops because Imtiaz wanted her to be raw. The film also stars Randeep Hooda who plays a truck driver. But to be honest to the core, Randeep is totally sidelined by Alia. Speaking of which, she has sung a lullaby in Highway. Imtiaz Ali and AR Rahman suggested she sing the song as Imtiaz Ali had heard her singing Jiya Re (from Jab Tak Hai Jaan) while they were shooting. Alia quickly jumped at the opportunity. Smart move.
Highway, which was screened in the Panorama section of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, received a lukewarm response and bad reviews. Critical acclaim is something Alia lacks. Still we aren't sure about how much that is about to change with Highway. Guess we will have to wait.
From performing at the controversial Saifai festival to Koffee With Karan, Alia has mostly attracted negative publicity. She recently made nasty comments about Parineeti Chopra on Koffee With Karan. It's obvious that she is a motormouth. But being controversial and fearless has only helped Alia to overstep the mark. As they say, “There is no such thing as bad publicity.” But what remains to be answered is if all her charm will work for Highway?