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What Makes Alia So SUCCESSFUL?

October 06, 2021 08:40 IST
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Photograph: Kind courtesy Alia Bhatt/Instagram

Alia Bhatt is at the top of her game.

She's among the most successful actresses in Bollywood, and stars in some of the biggest movie projects.

2022, in fact, will start off really well for her, as she has two big projects releasing back to back.

While S S Rajamouli's RRR will release on January 7, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi will release the day before that.

She will feature in Karan Johar's Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as well as her own production, Darlings.

Just what makes her so successful?

Joginder Tuteja looks at the magic she's created with her leading men in the past.


Ranveer Singh
Gully Boy
Box office collections: Rs 140 crore
Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani (Yet to be released)

Though she was the love of Ranveer's life in Gully Boy Alia had limited screen time in the film.

Still, the pairing ensured that the Zoya Akhtar directorial enjoyed a good opening at the box office.

Karan Johar has roped in the duo for a quintessential romcom.


Varun Dhawan
Student of the Year
Box office collections: Rs 70 crore
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
Box office collections: Rs 78 crore
Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Box office collections: Rs 116.60 crore
Box office collections: Rs 81 crore

Alia has done maximum number of films with Varun.

Right from their first film together Student of the Year to Kalank, audiences have loved to see them together.

Their best outings have been the two hit Dulhania films.


Sidharth Malhotra
Student of the Year
Box office collections: Rs 70 crore
Kapoor & Sons
Box office collections: Rs 73.30 crore

Alia has done two films with Sidharth -- Student Of The Year and Kapoor & Sons -- and he won her over in both, despite stiff competition from his best friend (Varun Dhawan) in the former and his brother (Fawad Khan) in the latter.

Their songs together, like Chull and Nacho are big hits too.

Will Karan Johar bring them together again? Let's wait and see.


Arjun Kapoor
2 States
Box office collections: Rs 102 crore

2 States is the only Rs 100 Crore Club grosser that Arjun has enjoyed and Alia was his leading lady.

Adapted from Chetan Bhagat's bestseller of the same name, the film saw a sweet romance and chartbuster music. The film did especially well in urban centres.

It is surprising that they haven't starred together again since.


Vicky Kaushal
Box office collections: Rs 124 crore

Before Vicky emerged as an on-screen hero with Uri - The Surgical Strike, he played strong supporting roles in films. Raazi was one such film, where he played a Pakistani army officer.

As a spy who penetrated a Pakistani household by getting married to Vicky, Alia was seen in a sensitive avatar, as she wondered if her actions were justified.

Some of their scenes together were quite poignant.


Shahid Kapoor
Udta Punjab
Box office collections: Rs 60 crore
Box office collections: Rs 43 crore

Alia has worked together with Shahid in two films, both receiving extreme reactions.

In Udta Punjab, also starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, Alia and Shahid played a couple who came together in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

As a migrant who gets saved by a Punjabi rapper, whose personal life was in a mess, Alia won accolades and the film was a decent success.

The same was not the case with Shaandaar, which got terrible reviews.


Randeep Hooda
Box office collections: Rs 29 crore

Randeep has had a long career where he has been a part of many kinds of films, including several blockbusters.

But his biggest film as a leading man is Highway.

The film featured him in an unusual relationship with Alia, a girl he had kidnapped.

The Imtiaz Ali directed film saw was beautiful in many, many ways.

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