When you hear someone talking about Alia Bhatt, without a doubt, the first image that bumps into your mind is of her infamous ‘Koffee With Karan’ episode where she mistakenly proved herself as a brainless person. Because, obviously, how in the world can anyone think that ‘Prithvi Raj Chauhan’ is the President of India?
In an overnight, she was ridiculed everywhere through memes, WhatsApp jokes, gifs and what not. Alia became India’s most celebrated victim of mockery, all that for one idiotic answer.
Lagaan maaf ho gaya tha par Alia ko kisine maaf nahi kya.
In the very same episode, Varun Dhawan had ranked Alia above Deepika while listing actresses on the basis of their talent. At the moment, I personally thought, is he stupid just as Alia?
Because at that time, Deepika had given back to back hits like ‘Ramleela’, ‘Yeh Jaawani Hai Dewaani’ and ‘Cocktail’ while Alia was just one film old with a petty role in ‘Student Of The Year’. Little did we know then, that this impulsive and silly actress is a powerhouse of talent.
In her very next film, ‘Highway’, we were absolutely surprised to see a refreshingly natural ‘Alia’ in Veera’s character. Her engrossing expressions in long stretches of silence were a treat to watch.
Alia embodied into the character so passionately.
Whereas Deepika, in her second film, ‘Bacchna Ae Hasseno’, was labeled as a non-performer, her acting skills then were still not refined and naive. Her half-baked role made us believe that she is a one film wonder.
Alia Bhatt is an amazingly flawed person and hence, she does outright justice to all flawed characters, unlike Deepika.
Be it an impractical dreamer in ‘Highway’, an insensitive and rebellious girl in ‘Dear Zindagi’ or mentally tortured girl in ‘Udta Punjab’, she sneaked into the skin of the character so innocently that we effortlessly connected with her role.
Moreover, she is only 23 years old, seven years younger than Deepika. It is easy for her to take roles where she is all dolled up and dancing on peppy item numbers but she chose to play a heroin seller and a sex slave, who is laboriously fighting for her freedom.
Isn’t it exceptionally commendable?
Alia Bhatt is natural and free-flowing, Deepika is hardworking.
No doubt, Deepika is an epitome of talent too and the intensity with which she portrays her characters is indeed applauding. But somewhere down the line, her roles have been ‘perfect’ in some way or the other. They are more stable, outwardly fictional and morally correct just like her, unlike Alia’s, which are more dysfunctional.
For example, Tara’s character in ‘Tamasha’ was an emblem of an ‘ideal’ girlfriend. She was successful, mature, understanding and more importantly, compassionate. The same holds for ‘Bajirao Mastani’ which she played an eternal and righteous lover. To justify an abnormal role is a mark of a true artist and that’s what Alia succeeded in very early in her career.
I doubt that the perfectly crafted Deepika could have played an emotionally stunted woman in ‘Dear Zindagi’.
So, what makes Alia more special than Deepika?
Alia has never tried to be politically correct and keeps herself chilled-out at all times. She is cool, breezy, impulsive, talks stupid (most of the times), irrational, impatient and most importantly, knows a sh*t about politics. In short, she seems like a just another girl. And, interestingly, in spite of all these flaws, she has conquered Bollywood one step at a time.
You don’t have to perfect like ‘Deepika’ to rule Bollywood, you just have to be the perfect version of yourself.