10 roles that only Alia Bhatt could have played, and no one else

The trailer of Sadak 2 will be launched today, and due to this unfortunate pandemic, it will be released on Disney+ Hotstar on 28 August 2020. Nevertheless, the reason why we are excited about this film is because it’s a sort of sequel to Sadak, that was released on 3 December 1991. In Sadak 2, we have an ensemble cast of Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt. But the only star I actually want to watch on the big screen is Alia.

Why? Because she doesn’t just “play a character” — she completely immerses herself into the role she plays and that person’s world. You want proof? Here are some of her finest performances, ranked:

10 / 10

Kavya Singh in Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania

The beautiful, educated, stylish Kavya Singh is all set to be linked with an NRI doctor, which is all fine until she meets Humpty. We love how Kavya is feisty and funny, yet real and vulnerable with certain people (Humpty). Humpty Sharma may be just another Bollywood romcom, but Alia did give some depth to an otherwise stock female character.

9 / 10

Alia Arora in Shaandaar

While the film didn’t do well at the box office, everybody agreed that Alia’s performance was on point, as was Shahid Kapoor’s. Alia played an orphaned insomniac named Alia, and made this quirky, flimsy film watchable by bringing to life such an interesting character.

8 / 10

Ananya Swaminathan from 2 States

Ananya Swaminathan is fiercely intelligent, has strong principles by which she stands, and sometimes — sometimes — gives us peeks of her softer side. She is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise boring IIM campus, and actually makes a Chetan Bhagat character seem realistic. Alia played this part without adding any stereotypes to a Tamil character (even though Bollywood generally loves stereotypes).

7 / 10

Roop Chaudhry in Kalank

Roop in Kalank is quiet. She is a dancer, wishes to be free and resents the people who have caged her in an unhappy marriage as the second wife to an opulent family in the early 1900s of India. Now, Kalank was an un-watchable movie; it was regressive and predictable, unbelievable and dramatic simply for the sake of being so. Yet, there was something enjoyable about watching Alia Bhatt play a meditative woman, torn between two men, who internalises all her feelings entirely.

6 / 10

Vaidehi Trivedi in Badrinath ki Dulhaniya

Vaidehi is the modern Indian woman. She is intelligent, hard working and aspirational. Yet, she still has to fight off many societal pressures of marriage, dowry, patriarchy etc. But Vaidehi here is career-oriented and sharp, making us relate (finally) to a female character in a romcom. Sure, she forgives Badri way too much and takes care of him when he probably doesn’t deserve it, but hey, that’s love. Pyaar andha hota hai, na? This was probably one of Alia’s most relatable characters.

5 / 10

Kaira in Dear Zindagi

It’s not easy to play someone who is going through a rough, tumultuous time. Kaira may seem like she has it all, like her life is all put together, but we see her becoming slowly undone through the film. The insomnia, the outbursts, the breakdowns…she isn’t able to understand any of it. Watching Alia in this role was an awesome experience; she accurately captured the trials and tribulations of mental health issues, the difficulty in seeking help, and also the beauty of life.

4 / 10

Tia Malik in Kapoor and Sons

Alia plays Tia Malik with such conviction that I was actually looking forward to seeing her in every scene. Tia is the girl who is fun and kind, but has a tragic past that she reveals — in what is a stellar performance — to Arjun, AKA Siddharth Malhotra. Alia’s Tia is the girl-next-door with a spin. She’s funny and witty, and we all wanna hang out with her.

4 / 10

Veera in Highway

The fact that Highway was Alia Bhatt’s second film is a testament to the powerhouse of talent that the actress is. Veera is an extremely complex character. She feels imprisoned in her safe Delhi home, gets kidnapped and finds freedom in that. The love she has for her kidnapper cannot be defined, but they become closer when they both reveal how they had been abused as children. By the end, Veera finds freedom in being by herself, away from the world, in the hills. Alia Bhatt played an incredibly complex character with such finesse that it made her mark in the film industry.

3 / 10

Safeena Firdausi in Gully Boy

Who doesn’t love Safeena and who isn’t scared of her? Alia Bhatt plays the bold, fearless Safeena in Gully Boy, and it’s safe to say that she was responsible for the comedy in the entire film. Safeena’s priorities are: open her own practice and then marry Murad. Her career is first and nothing, not even cheating boyfriends or super strict mothers, can come in her way. Alia nailed the character, the voice, the speech and the Mumbai college student that we all can relate to.

2 / 10

Mary Jane in Udta Punjab

Udta Punjab was a fragmented movie, but everyone — critics and audiences alike — agreed that Mary Jane, played by Alia Bhatt, was a heartbreakingly real character. Alia Bhatt becomes the Bihari migrant worker who is unfortunately gangraped before escaping. Her narrative is absolutely heartbreaking, yet an important one that depicts what thousands of women go through in India. Mary Jane’s trauma isn’t a sexy, Bollywood one. It’s the trauma of a survivor, it’s what keeps her going. Only Alia Bhatt could have played such a role.

1 / 10

Sehmat Khan in Raazi

In what has to be the finest performance of her career, Alia Bhatt played an Indian intelligence officer called Sehmat Khan. Pulled out of college to serve her country, Sehmat is married into a Pakistani army family. The love she has for her country makes her betray (and kill) her new family members. Raazi was an incredible movie as it portrayed the purity of patriotism, not nationalism, broke all stereotypes Indians have of Kashmiris and Pakistanis. But the highlight of the film was watching Sehmat’s journey, how she’d gather intel, how she fought off people in her way, and how she retained her love for the nation throughout. Best!

With all the very crucial and necessary discussions on nepotism going on, it is important to acknowledge that Alia Bhatt has reached the top because of her unadulterated talent. That’s something nobody can take away from her.

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