Alia Bhatt portrayed the role of a stylish and sassy teenager, Shanaya Singhania, in her debut film, Student of the Year, for which she received great reviews. Touted as one of the most promising newcomers of tinsel town, Bhatt then went onto to star in Imtiaz Ali’s film, Highway, opposite Randeep Hooda and won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the lonely teenager girl who develops Stockholm syndrome.
Her second major release of 2014 after Highway was a Dharma Productions film, 2 States, opposite Arjun Kapoor. Bhatt played the role of an opinionated Tamil girl, and her performance was well appreciated by the critics with Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama saying, “Alia Bhatt proves yet again that she doesn’t need a dialogue to communicate; her eyes and expressions do the talking. Also, post Highway, Alia gets yet another complex character to prove her mettle and she does a super job of interpreting her character with aplomb.”
Post this, Bhatt was again cast opposite Varun Dhawan in her next film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, which received a lukewarm response at the box office and failed to make any mark. In 2015, she was seen with Shahid Kapoor in Shaandar, portraying the role of an insomniac. Shaandar was also not received well at the box office. However, her first release of the year 2016, Kapoor and Sons, a family drama, was critically and commercially successful. Bhatt played the role of a lively young girl who falls in love with a guy hailing from a dysfunctional family. The film also starred Fawad Khan and Sidharth Malhotra. She next appeared along with Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh in Abhishek Chaubey’s film Udta Punjab. Even after facing continuous issues with the censor board, the movie opened to really impressive reviews. Her third release in 2016 was Gauri Shinde’s directorial venture Dear Zindagi, where she portrayed Kaira, an aspiring cinematographer in search of a perfect life. Starring alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt was highly praised for carrying the film on her shoulders, with her performance being appreciated by critics and audiences, alike. Alia’s 2017 release includes the romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania, the second film instalment after Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Directed by Shashank Khaitan, the movie co-stars Varun Dhawan in the lead role.