Alia had a great 2016 with quite a few memorable performances, but the most unforgettable of them, and of all times will be her performance in Udta Punjab. She played a Bihari immigrant who aspired to be a hockey player but ended up getting caught in the circle of drug abuse. She was beyond recognition in the film, and her hard hitting performance was noticed by all.

So, it was no surprise when she won Best Actress award at a recent Awards function. Her family was elated over her win, but we couldn’t help but notice her father Mahesh Bhatt‘s absence at the function. While speaking with Mumbai Mirror, Alia explained why her dad wasn’t there to see her receive the award. “Dad doesn’t go to any award functions unless he is presenting a trophy to a dear friend. But even though he was not there in person, he was there in spirit.

He had asked my manager, Grishma, to put her cellphone on speaker if I won. He texted me later, saying he’d loved my speech. When I wondered how he had heard it, I learnt this. Dad later posted on our WhatsApp family group that he was excitedly doing cartwheels all night,“
When prodded what was challenging about her character in Udta, she reveals, that the scene where she broke down in front of Shahid’s character was the toughest.She further added that this time, she was so caught up with her song and dance tribute to five of her favourite leading ladies ( Kareena Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Aishwarya Rai, Karisma Kapoor) that she almost forgot she was one of the strong contenders for this Award. It was after her performance, when she went and sat among the audience, it dawned on her there was more to come. It was a surreal moment for her as Alia puts it herself when Sri devi handed her the award.

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Her Instagram Post read : And I took the black lady home tonight! ✨ Thank you Chaubey! Thank you Phantom & Balaji! The reason I got this script @shahidkapoor. Bebo.. Diljit! Love you Karan!!!!! Go team Udta Punjab ✌️️✌️️✌️️✌️️✌️️Oh oh oh and THANK YOU FILMFARE wohoooooooooo #jiofilmfareawards

She will soon be seen in Badrinath ki Dulhania, a story that will take Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania film forward. Alia and Varun are back again to entertain us in yet another fun loving story. It’s all set for release on March 10. She will also begin work for her upcoming film Dragon with Ayan Mukherjee nad Ranbir Kapoor. It is claimed to be a unique superhero based film.

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Alia Bhatt won her Best Actress award for Udta Punjab
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