MUMBAI: Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore has penned a column for a leading publication on why Alia Bhatt is the game-changer in the 21st century in Bollywood and how she has redefined the image of a heroine in the industry.
In the column, Sharmila goes on to explain how Alia has managed to shift between commercial and critically acclaimed cinema and how she can evolve as an actor in the coming years. She praised Alia’s fearlessness and the ability to pull off any role with ease. She applauded Alia’s performance in Raazi along with pointing out that how a film made by a woman (Meghna Gulzar) without an item number and against the national sentiment has grossed Rs. 100 crore.
She also mentioned that even though Alia might have got a good launch pad with Karan Johar’s Student of the year, she was able to grab the opportunities that came her way and made the most of it.
Sharmila feels that Alia’s success has come because of her willingness to take risks and work on subjects that speak to different generations. She wrote, “In today’s day and age, choosing Alia over the rest could ignite a debate on nepotism—she is after all the daughter of Mahesh Bhatt, an industry veteran. And yes, Deepika, Priyanka, Kangana and Vidya have all made it without any film connections to speak of. At the same time, it needs to be said that lineage can at best ease the process of entry and hold you up in the initial stages. That’s not to say that it does not count. It does. But Alia has gone beyond the crutches of her lineage. Today few people call her Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter or Pooja Bhatt’s sister. Though Alia had a perfect launch by Karan Johar in 2012, the 25-year-old commands a very different space today. She might have had an easy start, but that was just the first of many opportunities that she seized to showcase her remarkable talent.