2Alia Bhatt : Student of the Year
Alia Bhatt is one of the most successful and sought-after actresses from the current crops of heroines in Bollywood. Her presence in a film is taken as a guarantee for it being a successful venture at the box office. Producers queue up in front of her doors, day and night, to sign her up for their movies, but the busy girl cannot give her nod to each and every project because of her chock-a-block diary.
But do you know that Alia, who looks stunningly fit and fabulous today, used to be very plump before making her movie debut. If you see her audition tape on YouTube, you will be amazed to see how drastically she has transformed over the years. Once chubby and flabby, Alia has now become a style icon and one of the leading ladies of Hindi cinema. So, who Alia credits for her iconic transformation. Of course, her mentor and first director, Karan Johar.
When Karan was casting for his next directorial ‘Student of the Year’ (2012) after his critically acclaimed film ‘My Name Is Khan’ (2010), he wanted a fresh face which could fit the bill in his candy floss film. When Alia Bhatt, who is daughter of renowned filmmaker, Mukesh Bhatt, and actress turned filmmaker, Soni Razdan, Karan was surprised. He was looking for a girl who is fit and looks great on screen. But Alia was completely different from what he had imagined his leading lady to be. However, Johar allowed Alia to continue the audition. As you can see in the audition tape, Alia is gyrating to the song of ‘Bahaara – Bahaara’, which was from Karan’s film ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ (2010). Karan liked the bubbly nature and vivaciousness of Alia and roped in her despite being overweight. He gave her a couple of months’ time to get in shape. Alia took his instructions seriously and worked hard on her physique and shed many kilos to look leaner and fit. When she returned to Dharma Productions office after a few months, she was completely a new person. Soon, Johar started the shooting of his film with Alia and two other debutants, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan, and rest is the history. . .