Alia was born in Mumbai, India. Her father is the film director Mahesh Bhatt and her mother is the actress Soni Razdan. Her parents were Hindus who converted to Islam to get married. According to her parents, she and her sister Shaheen were raised as atheists. On her mom's side, she is of Kashmiri and German heritage and on her dad's side,Alia Bhatt is of Gujarati descent. Bhatt has one half sister Pooja Bhatt, and a half brother Rahul Bhatt. Actor Emraan Hashmi, director Mohit Suri and Vishesh Bhatt are her cousins while producer Mukesh Bhatt is her uncle. she graduated from Jamnabai Narsee School IBDP in May 2011
In 2012, Bhatt made her debut in Karan Johar's Student of the Year along with Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan Her performance were appreciated with film critic Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama stating, "Alia's role is reminiscent of Kareena Kapoor in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Stylish, classy, born with a silver spoon, she's someone who loves to flaunt not just her clothes and bags, but also her riches. Extremely photogenic, she makes a super-confident debut. In fact, all three, Siddharth, Varun and Alia, are here to stay!" film critic Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN wrote, "Alia Bhatt is cute as the clueless Shanaya, if a little raw". film critic Komal Nahta commented, "Alia ends up with a very dumb-blonde role who has to do standard ramp poses for the camera but she performs ably".Raedita Tandan from Filmfare wrote, "Among the performances, Sidharth, Varun and she do their best not to seem like newcomers and they emerge triumphant. And Alia definitely has what it takes to be a star. The three make confident debuts". Film critic Anupama Chopra form Hindustan Times commented, "The leading lady, Shanaya, played by Alia , carries Hermes bags. She's like Poo from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham but without the killer attitude. Shanaya is substituting her lack of family ties with designer labels. The boys are also given simplistic backstories to explain why they are the way there are".Student of the Year opened well and grossed 70 crore (US$11 million) after its four-weeks run domestically and was eventually declared a major financial success.
Bhatt is set to appear in Imtiaz Ali's Highway alongside Randeep Hooda, for which filming has ended. Alia Bhatt is currently shooting for Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala's joint production 2 States alongside Arjun Kapoor. Alia has also been confirmed to be the leading lady in Karan Johar's production Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania with Student of the Year co-star Varun Dhawan.
-:In the media:-
Alia Bhatt appeared in a Coca-Cola Ad alongside her Student of the Year co stars Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. Bhatt is currently endorsing the brand with them.Alia was chosen as the face of top brands like Garnier which was earlier endorsed by top Bollywood actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Maybelline which was endorsed earlier by Esha Gupta in India.Alia ranked #1 at Tmes' Hotlist 2012 for the Most promising Newcomer and was ranked #19 at Times 50 Most Desirable Women. Alia also was ranked the 22nd Sexiest Woman In the world by FHM India. Raedita Tandon, Editor of Filmfare stated,"After meeting she , I came away with an unexpected feeling. Interviewing her was more like having a conversation with a gal pal. She's what one wishes every celebrity was – carefree and relaxed. There's no mincing of words with her and certainly no diplomacy. Maybe it's because she's all of 20 years. Or maybe she gets it from her father, Mahesh Bhatt. Either way, she's a delight. Though there has been a surge of young actors over the past years, only a few have managed to make a mark. Alia is definitely one of them. That too, with just her debut film, Student of the Year (SOTY). But she's under no delusions. Bhattknows she has a long way to go and is willing to work her 'ass off'" Sonam Kapoor also praised her and said,"If I become a director, she is the only one I'd love to direct. Alia Bhattinspires me to direct. There's something cinematic about her face. Hopefully, with Imtiaz's film, Alia will come into her own." Bhatt went on to shoot a special PETA ad for cats and other homeless animals.
she walked the ramp as a showstopper at the Indian Bridal Fashion Week, Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 and India International Jewelery Week.
she performed at a special event alongside Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor and Huma Qureshi to raise funds for the flood-affected victims of Uttarakhand.
Bhatt presented Flashback, a book related to the completion of 175 years of The Times of India to Amitabh Bachchan
-:Personal life:-Bhatt was linked with her co stars Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan on numerous occasions. However, Alia Bhatt denied these rumours in an interview where Alia stated that:
"I can’t stop gushing about both of them. They both are so special to me. This is our first film. I have learnt a lot from both of them. The kind of dedication and drive that Varun has is something that I want to take away. she is so anal about everything. she wants everything to be perfect and he works at it. she has a lot of enthusiasm and energy.Even Siddharth for that matter is such a superb actor.she has so much depth in his eyes. I feel proud when I see them perform. For me both of them will always be superstars. I was the youngest on the sets and they were very nice to me. Unfortunately for me, I have very low immunity levels and I keep falling sick or fainting. They were always taking care of me and there for me. I am as close to Sid as I am to Varun and I am fond of both of them. I just laugh about these link-up stories." Bhatt was also linked to her 2 States co-star Arjun Kapoor but denied such rumours also. Alia has stated that her best friends from the industry are Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and her mentor Karan Johar.