'Highway' was Alia's second film after her glitzy debut in 2012 in 'Student Of The Year'. An emotionally challenging role, Alia delivered a superlative as the troubled girl who finds solace in the company of her kidnapper.
When she made her debut in 'Student of the year' one would have never imagined that she would pull of the role of a spy with such ease. In Meghna Gulzar's 'Raazi' Bhatt played the quiet, strong, resilient Sehmat who willingly marries into a an army family in Pakistan just to get information for India that eventually helped the country win the 1971 war.
With 'Dear Zindagi', Alia chose a very sensitive topic like mental health. Alia played Kiara, a budding cinematographer who is discontented with her life and seeks counselling to feel better. A slice of life film that highlighted the importance of mental health the film also had Shah Rukh Khan. But despite his presence, Alia stood her own in the film and earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike.
A city-bred girl in real life, Alia shocked everyone with her portrayal as Bauria, a Bihari migrant worker 'Udta Punjab' who had once aspired to become a national level hockey player. Like Highway this too was a difficult role, where Alia's character was shown to be a victim of sexual violence. The film was multi-starrer but Alia earned the maximum accolades for her performance.
''Mere boyfriend ke saath koi gulu gulu karenga toh toh dhoptuingi hi na usko'', the dialogue that makes Safeena stand out. In Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' Alia played the feisty Safeena who is over possessive about her boyfriend and uses the language of violence to assert her feelings for him. She's emotional and violent, aggressive at times but lovable.
After playing such interesting characters, Alia is all set to play a mafia queen. The movie is based on a chapter on Gangubai Kathiawadi from Hussain Zaidi's book 'Mafia Queens of Mumbai'