Alia Bhatt 28th Birthday: The birthday girl, without any doubt, keeps a lot on her plate. Read about her endeavours in different fields from acting to entrepreneurship.
As Alia Bhatt turns a year older today, here’s a turn back time on how the young actor worked at her craft, turned more and more versatile with each film and is now experimenting far beyond her acting through entrepreneurship.
At 28, she also has a new production house called Eternal Sunshine.
Alia Bhatt’s success as an actor doesn’t need elaboration. She has not only established herself as a successful actor within eight years of her career, but also raised the bar of acting in the industry. She has delivered critically and commercially acclaimed performances in a number of movies such as Raazi, Udta Punjab, Highway and Gully Boy to name a few.
Her ability to appear natural and passionate in diverse roles has led her career graph have only ups. Being an actor of quality and quantity, Alia’s numerous feats in Bollywood include being one of the highest-paid female actors, having four Filmfare Best Actor Female Awards (one critics and three popular) along with hundreds of other prestigious awards, and often getting regarded as the best female actor of this generation, both critically and commercially.
As her upcoming release Gangubai Kathiawadi will hit theatres in July 30, her fans already have high expectations from her and can’t wait to witness her in a ‘never-seen-before-avatar’ in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s reportedly biggest production till date.
Dealing with Trolls
Alia Bhatt faced trolls in her initial days in Bollywood when she got a couple of answers wrong on Koffee with Karan. Another incident when she was accused of being a product of nepotism was during the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput in 2020.
She’s a singer too!
Alia has recorded songs in her voice right from the beginning of her acting career. In 2014, her first two songs ‘Sooha Saha’ and ‘Samjhaawan’ (Unplugged) from the movies Highway and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya were released, that became really popular, especially the latter.
She has sung many other songs such as the club mixes of ‘Ikk Kudi’ and ‘Love You Zindagi’ from Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi, ‘Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le – 2’ from Dear Zindagi again, female version of ‘Humsafar’ from Badrinath Ki Dulhania and the reprise of ‘Tum Se Hi’ from Sadak 2.
A budding entrepreneur
In 2020, Alia also established herself as an entrepreneur with the official launch of her conscious clothing venture Ed-a-Mamma in November. It is a kids’ clothing line incorporating sustainable processes throughout the production and distribution.
In fact, it is a ‘homegrown’ brand which Alia started from scratch right from the four walls of her home. “It’s a fully homegrown brand. Totally vocal for local. And fully atmanirbhar. When I say homegrown, I mean we literally started in my home. Till we grew to a point where we had to get an office. And a warehouse. And so on,” she wrote in the caption of the launch post.
Moreover, Alia invested in e-commerce firm Nykaa as well as in fashion styling platform Stylecracker in October 2020. Falguni Nayar, founder of Nykaa, revealed that Alia wanted to invest in her venture because of two reasons, One, it has Indian roots. And two, it is founded by a woman.
When it comes to designing, she designed her own clothing brand for women in 2014 for Jabong, an online fashion website. In 2018, Alia launched her own line of handbags for VIP Industries.
Like father, like daughter: a film producer
Alia, carrying the legacy of her family, has also donned the role of a producer this year as she has recently launched her production house Eternal Sunshine Productions.
And I am so happy to announce….
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) February 28, 2021
Furthermore, she also announced the production house’s first project, Darlings, in collaboration with Red Chillies Entertainment, where Alia will work both as an actor and producer. The upcoming movie will also star Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma and Roshan Mathew.
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 1, 2021
Also a Vlogger
Alia Bhatt usually posts videos on her Youtube channel where she gives sneak peeks into her life to her fans. From posting videos of her cooking or workout routines to shifting to her new home or reciting her poem for #EarthDayEveryDay, the channel brings out the potential YouTuber in her.
Charity, Environmental And Animal Activism
Alia has been a part of many campaigns and charity events aimed for environment and animal-oriented causes. She took part in a campaign for PETA to raise awareness on homeless animals in 2013. In the same year, she also performed at a charity event to raise funds for the people affected by Uttarakhand floods.
In 2017, she launched an ecological initiative CoExist in order to raise awareness about the welfare of stray animals. Furthermore, she collaborated with Facebook Live for a campaign, Find Your Green, to campaign for environmental awareness in 2018.