Fans speak: Alia Bhatt beats Kangana Ranaut to be the Best Actress of 2017’s first quarter

Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt

Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt

As the first quarter of 2017 ended, we ran a series of polls about what we felt were the Best performance of the period, both male and female, best movie and best song. As for the Best Actress poll, we, unfortunately, had very limited choices of strong performances when compared to their male counterparts. But the five choices that we got for this category were really tough ones. So here they were – Alia Bhatt as the spunky small town girl with big ambitions in Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Kangana Ranaut was chosen for her brilliant performance as Miss Julia in the period drama, Rangoon. Swara Bhaskar’s feisty act as the nautch girl with high morals in Anarkali of Aaraah deservingly got a spot in our list. Taapsee Pannu was one of the finest things in a sadly disappointing Naam Shabana, while Anushka Sharma’s spooky act in Phillauri was also great enough.

However, there can only be one winner and that one winner happens to be Alia Bhatt for her performance in Shashank Khaitan’s social romcom. She easily defeated her competitors by getting 50% of the votes, and shows how popular she is among our readers.

In the second position is Kangana Ranaut in Rangoon, a performance everyone liked in a movie that a very few liked. Kangana gets 37% of the votes. Interestingly, she was leading the poll when we were tracking it at the beginning, before Alia Bhatt surged ahead. Taapsee Pannu, Anushka Sharma and Swara Bhaskar made for the third, fourth and fifth positions respectively. Here are the poll results.


In the Best Actor poll, it was Hrithik Roshan who won the same for his performance in Raees beating Shah Rukh Khan in Raees. Well, congrats to all the winners!

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Ranveer – Deepika arrive together; Mira Rajput, Kareena party under one roof at KJo’s bash

Karan Johar

Karan Johar

It was and eventful Saturday night for B-town as Karan Johar hosted a bash for celebrated shoemaker Christian Louboutin. Bollywood couples came together in their fashionable best, a look at the picture.


New mommy Karrena Kapoor Khan was seen in ahot black jumpsuit, flaunting her sexy back with hubby Saif Ali Khan! Bebo is rapidly shedding those extra kilos gained during her pregnancy and these pictures are just proof of it.

Putting an end to all rumors suggesting a trouble in DeepVeer’s paradise, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone stole the show as they arrived together.


Another alleged couple, Sidhartha Malhotra and Alia Bhatt arrived at KJo’s house together. Sid and Alia seem all set to make relationship official as they have been spotted at various events togther, unlike before.


King Khan attended his best fiend’s bash too.


Sridevi and Boney Kapoor’s daughter. Janhvi Kapoor was spotted at the party too.


While her husband Shahid Kapoor may have skipped the party last night, wifey Mira Rajput looked her fashionable best as she arrived for the party.


Deepika Padukone, 31, looked an ethereal beauty as she donned a floor length anarkali by Sabyasachi which boasted of a hand painted floral pattern!


Arora sisters, Malaika and Amrita snapped as they enter the venue. they were accompained by Anu Deewan who is a regular at Bollywood parties.


Kareena let her hair down as she was joined by BFFs amrite Arora, Manish Malhotra and actress Alia Bhatt for the night.


This picture of the three gorgeous ladies sums up all the fun about last night.


Kareena Kapoor Khan, amrita Arora and Sohil Khan’s wife Seema Khan strike a pose for the lens.


The ever bubbly, Srilankan beauty Jackueline Fernandez was seen in attendance too.


Aamir Kahan’s wife Kiran Rao was papped at the party too last night.


Filmmaker Farah Khan was captured by the shutterbugs as she arrived in her car for the starry night.


Heartthrob Aditya Roy Kapur was all smiles for the camera!


The famous Kareena Kapoor Khan Pout!


Kareena Kapoor Khan Kisses Seema Khan as Amrita Arora clicks a selfie !

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Alia Bhatt Opens Up On Her Marriage Plans

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt has an enviable career graph. She began working at the ripe age of 18 and has since then delivered a string of hits, making her one of the most bankable stars we have today. Her recent film Badrinath Ki Dulhania had her play a bride-to-be and spoke about the topic of marriages in India. In a recent interview with India Today, she was asked about what her plans for marriage are, to which she said,

I do want to settle down early  because I have an advantage of having started off (my career) very early. That way, I can get done with it and continue. Also, I don’t want to settle down too late in life because that also has its own issues. But honestly, I’m not thinking about it or planning as of now.”

When asked about the notion that actress’ have a shelf life, she added,

Earlier, we used to say that an actresses’ shelf life lasts only until she gets married. But I don’t think that’s true anymore. That has completely changed, especially with the way Bebo has gone about her marriage and even her pregnancy. Even after getting married, she did really well in a few tough films. And now, although she delivered a baby a few months back, she is readying to get back to shooting. I think that’s the way it should be for an actor. You shouldn’t stop acting just because you settle down, and I also don’t plan to go that way.”

There you have it straight from the horse’s mouth!

Is Alia Bhatt Taking A Break From Acting?

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt, who made her debut with Student Of The Year, was only 18 when she shot for the film. Since then, the actress has been working non stop for the last five years and has churned out one hit after the other. It’s a great phase for her career right now, with her latest Badrinath Ki Dulhania already being declared a hit. But Alia has other plans. She wants to take a six month break from acting. Here’s what she told DNA about her new decision.

My next, Ayan Mukerji’s Dragon starts in September. Until then I am going to be bettering my craft, learning new skills, imbibing untried experiences. I want to learn to play the piano. I want to learn Kathak too.”

On why she wants to stop now that she’s at all all-time career high…

I want to be more equipped as an actor. I realise acting is not just about what you do when you’re facing the camera. There’s a lot more thought that goes into it. I am trying to gather as many experiences as possible.”

PS – She’s also going to spend time learning to cook.

I have a new home and I’m house-proud. And I love to entertain guests. However, whenever guests drop in I feel inadequate because I am unable to cook for them. Not just that. I want to cook for myself also. I feel it is an essential part of my progress towards a complete life.”

How sweet! After this successful five year run that she’s had, we sure think she deserves a break. :

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Rs 580 crore! That’s how much birthday girl Alia Bhatt’s movies have made so far!

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt

From Student Of The Year to Badrinath Ki Dulhania, birthday girl Alia Bhatt has come a long way in her career. Alia has always looked good, but over the few years that she has been in the industry, she has also proved her mettle as an actress. During her five years in Bollywood, she has evolved as a person too. In fact, in just nine films, she has established herself as a top draw at the ticket windows and raked in a total of Rs 580 crore at the box office!

For those of you who are not in the know, in an interview with Niranjan Iyer, after Student Of The Year, Alia had revealed, “I heard such harsh comments. Filmmakers had written me off as a silly girl. Some said I should never try my luck at the movies. I felt miserable and unwanted. For a week, I shunned all outdoor activities as I didn’t want people to spot me and make fun.” But we are sure those filmmakers would now be taking their words back, as this ‘silly girl’ has made it big in Bollywood. Through just nine films, Alia has amassed Rs 580 crore at the box office, which is HUGE! If you see the collections of all her films till date, from Student Of The Year to Badrinath Ki Dulhania, you will realise that she has earned really big bucks. Check out the detailed breakdown here:


But this is just the beginning. Alia has just turned 24 and has her best years ahead of her. Her career is currently booming and she is also making smart choices. With that, Alia Bhatt is well on her way to be a superstar and it won’t be a surprise if she hits the Rs 1000 crore mark soon!

Our trade expert Akshaye Rathi also agrees and says, “There are two aspects to analyse in Alia Bhatt‘s career – one is her box office standing in terms of the films she has been a part of and the way they have performed; and second is the perception that she has created through her films, her PR, brands, over the years. And one thing that virtually no one can deny, and the thing that is extremely critical for an actor to be a star, is likeability. And Alia Bhatt has that in abundance. She has an image that works for people; she has an image that people like.”

He further continues, “Then comes the box office. If you look at the kind of films that she has done, you will realise what I am saying. While she has done a Highway, she has again been smart with her next choice of film in terms of the potential that it will have at the box office. For stars, who are just four or five or six years into the industry, it is too early to get experimental with the kind of cinema that let’s say an Aamir Khan can do. And these superstars can afford to do that because, over the last 20 years, they have done commercial, entertaining films to generate a fan following. So people who are just a few years into the industry and haven’t had 20-30 films, can’t afford to get experimental with cinema. But still, Alia’s been very smart. Either she has done an absolutely commercial film or she has got the star power to make an experimental film commercially viable. With all these things working for her, she has a phenomenal career ahead and she will be a true, blue superstar.”

With such positive words, we wish Alia Bhatt a very Happy Birthday and wish her all the luck with her career…

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Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s crackling chemistry makes the film watchable

Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan have won fans with their last few outings on the silver screen. This is in fact becoming one of the most loved on screen couples of Bollywood. The last two times Alia-Varun came together they delivered a hit. No wonder the young stars have fan clubs named “Varia”and “Valia”. Now you’d want to know how this duo has fared in their latest Dharma Productions venture Badrinath Ki Dulhania directed by Shashank Khaitan. Do the Humpty Sharma trio recreate the magic this time around? Well read our Badrinath Ki Dulhania movie review to find out…

#What’s it about

The film revolves around the lives of a rich yet not spoilt brat, Badrinath Bhansal aka Badri (Varun Dhawan) from Jhansi and an ambitious young girl Vaidehi Trivedi (Alia Bhatt) from Kota. While Badri’s only motive in life is to get hitched to Vaidehi with whom he fell in love while dancing at a wedding, Vaidehi has bigger ambitions in life and battles to fight. The duo has different plans in life, except that Badri will not take a no for an answer and wants to desperately win over Vaidehi. He’s unable to understand how this young girl can resist such a perfect guy, whose only credential is that he belongs to a rich family. Badri is a tenth grade pass who hasn’t even attended college and has no regrets admitting that he works for his dad as a loan money recovery guy. Vaidehi on the other hand is literally aiming for the skies. The rest of the story you will get a sneak peek at just looking at the theatricals.

#What’s hot

VARUN DHAWAN! Yes, Varun as Badri will remind you of the best of both Salman Khan and Govinda. He has the star power of Salman, a great body like the Dabangg hero and looks super hot in this film. His comic timing and emotional scenes will really make you believe that he’s indeed the true successor of Govinda. Varun lends himself so well to the comedy-drama genre. Varun steals the show from every other character in the film and trust me there are quite a few who stand out. There are a few scenes in particular where he’s super entertaining and endearing. Like for example, when he tries to woo Alia and realises that he’s indeed not a match for her and breaks down before his friend Somdev (Sahil Vaid) or then the scene where he sees his lady love go far away from him and achieve success he’s both proud and emotional. He’s hero who isn’t the macho who will just beat up the baddies and take a punch for his ladylove. He is the lover who doesn’t mind sharing responsibilities and taking on the kitchen and laundry duties, while celebrating his girlfriend’s success.

Alia Bhatt plays her part well, she is convincing as Vaidehi a go-getter who doesn’t mind breaking rules of the society. She will speak her mind and is feisty and super ambitious as she is soft hearted and guilty of hurting Badri. Badri’s friend Somdev is one of the best characters in the movie and so are his brother Alok Bhansal (Yash Sinha) and sister-in-law Urmila Shukla (Shweta Basu Prasad).

The film has a good blend of comedy and drama. Despite a comic touch to his role, Varun manages to make you feel for his character. This is a movie where Dhawan Jr is the most endearing. And yes, the Tamma Tamma song is placed at the perfect point, just before the filmmaker is about to lose out interest that is.

#What’s not  

The second half falters and the efforts to incorporate Singapore tourism is too on your face. While we see Badri and Vaidehi’s relationship build, the build-up itself is a little boring. One particular scene that is supposed to deal with a grave issue of sexual attack on Badri is made into a not so tasteful joke. Again the film is too predictable and in fact right before the interval the twist too becomes a little too predictable. The movie could have been edited better. The climax is almost like the makers were in a hurry to sum up their film. It’s shoddy and a very strong message gets lost.

#What to do 

Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan prove that their pair means a bona fide success. Shashank Khaitan gives you a movie that you can relax with family and friends on an extended Holi weekend. Go watch it especially for Varun Dhawan!

Rating:3.5 out of 53.5 Star Rating

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Alia Bhatt Responds To The Death Threats She Received

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt

A couple of days ago, Alia Bhatt and her family received anonymous death threats. A man had made repeated phone calls to Mahesh Bhatt, asking him for a ransom. Bhatt lodged in FIR asap and the police were quick to nab the culprit – Sandeep Sahu from UP. He told the police he did this so he could repay his loan. This obviously is a scary situation for anyone and Alia spoke up on the matter with India Today.

I think the police and my dad are brave they did not give me a chance to get worried. They just took over. The matter is sorted and solved and everybody is safe and happy. As a parent, my father has made me feel safe. With him, by my side, I had nothing to worry about.”

Brave girl! We’re glad she’s okay and her family’s safe.

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Badrinath Ki Dulhania Got A UA Certificate On This One Condition

Alia Bhatt & Varun Dhawan

Alia Bhatt & Varun Dhawan

We are all really looking forward to Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan‘s Badrinath Ki Dulhania. The film releases on the 10th of March. Reportedly, the Censor Board has given it a UA certification but on one condition – the makers of the film have to obtain an NOC from

The website is mentioned in the film a few times and recently, at the time of‘s release there was some controversy about using “dot com” in the title and the film. The Board wants to stay clear of drama this time around.

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Alia Bhatt Shares How Moving Out Of Her Parents’ House Has Changed Her

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt

A while ago, Alia Bhatt moved out of her parents Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan‘s home and shifted to a cool new apartment with her sister, Shaheen Bhatt. You can check out the photos of her swanky new house here. Recently, while talking to the leading tabloid Mumbai Mirror, Alia spoke about living away from her parents:

“It’s made me more responsible. But I’ve barely been there to enjoy my new home. There were some problems, like the plumbing, earlier, but I’ve taken care of that and things are slowly falling into place.”
Here’s to new beginnings!

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Ooh! Sidharth Malhotra Admits He’s In Love

Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra

Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra is known to be quite reserved, and usually shies away from talking about his personal life to the media. And although he and Alia Bhatt are usually spotted together – most recently for Valentine’s Day – neither of them will openly say they’re dating. However, in a recent interview with DNA, Sidharth did say he’s in love when asked (“Yes, I’m in love”) and says he’s “passionate, obsessed and very attached”.

There are a few people I get attached to in my life and when I do, I get very sensitive. I have bad ways of communicating. I communicate indirectly. Maybe through some actions, gestures. I won’t be saying yes or no directly at times. If I’m left alone with that person, I will truly show my best and worst side. That’s what I believe true love should be like.”

Journalist Nayandeep Rakshit asked him who he’s in love with, but that Sidharth didn’t answer – slyly saying that he’s in love with himself – but did admit that he hopes to be married by the end of his 30s.

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