There are some actors who showcase their greatness from their very first appearance while there are some who unveil their talents slowly, learning and getting better day by day. Alia Bhatt definitely belongs to the latter group. When she made her debut as Shanaya in Student of the Year, she faced criticism and there were even talks about favoritism. Then came her giant slip-of-tongue in the Koffee with Karan, which made the world go to town with Alia Bhatt memes and jokes. Not only did she surprise us by taking it in her stride, she even starred in an online video that mocked her 'lack of intelligence'.

Alia Bhatt - BookMyShowThen came along Highway and our jaws dropped looking at her performance. At age 23, Alia is just getting started and looking at her journey this past year. Here are five reasons we want to see more of her in 2017.

Udta Punjab 
This film received a lot of publicity before its release due to the tussle between the makers and the censor board. Once the movie was released, it met with a lot of praises and especially Alia as a Haryanvi village girl. It was a role she hadn't tried before but she fit in like a glove. We would love to see her in more of such roles.

Alia Bhatt - BookMyShowDear Zindagi
Another movie where she delivered a powerful performance and we have nothing but the highest praise for her. She depicted real problems of an urban girl and made the character relatable. She also got a chance to share screen space with Shah Rukh Khan. We would definitely want her to work with the other Khans. To see such a contrast between the two characters was amazing.

Alia Bhatt - BookMyShowFashionista
Since her debut, she has been a fashion icon and people have been trying to imitate her style for a while now. Her fashion game is on point when it comes to her off screen appearances. She carries off casual really well and is an inspiration to all the millennials.

At the age of 23, she has already moved out of her parents place and got a flat of her own. If that doesn't scream independence, we don't know what does. It also carries a sense of maturity and responsibility, which we might definitely see in her future performances.

Alia Bhatt - BookMyShowSinging Talents
It's not just her acting which keeps evolving and getting better. She also has a great voice and with just a couple of songs out, we already want more of her. We hope to get an album-worth collection of songs by her in 2017.

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