Alia Bhatt's Character Journey: Across India's North, South, East, and West

Sharanya Kumar

Ananya From 2 States (2014)

Alia Bhatt plays a studious Tamil character in this rom-com adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s 2009 novel of the same name. Alia Bhatt pulls off the South Indian look with her traditional saris and jasmines adorning her hair. 

Bauria From Udta Punjab (2016)

Bhatt reportedly trained with professionals to best portray a hockey player, and watched a number of documentaries to understand and embody the behaviour of those under the influence.she underwent a month and a half of dialect coaching to ensure her Bihari sounded natural.

Vaidehi From Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017)

Vaidehi is spirited, ambitious and stands up to Badri and his family on multiple occasions. Alia Bhatt is skilled at portraying the ‘small town character with big dreams’, and has playful on-screen chemistry with Dhawan. Her performance in the film was universally praised.

Safeena From Gully Boy (2019)

Whether you think she is toxic or a bit of a bad-ass, there’s a vulnerability to Safeena that invites you to root for her. At the end of the film, Safeena is cheering Murad on before his big performance, but we are left wanting to know more about what the future holds for her.

Ganga From Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022)

 Alia Bhatt’s performance in the film is hailed as her career-best, as she imbues her Gangubai with unadulterated power and grace in the face of tragedy.She is sold into sex work under the vicious Sheela Masi, whom she eventually replaces as madame of the brothel.