Scene 1: Alia Bhatt squeals, “Prithviraj Chavan,” when asked to “name the president of India” in the quiz in Koffee with Karan, only a second after Varun Dhavan has anointed “Manmohan Singh” the president. While Varun escapes with little damage, poor Alia becomes an icon of dumbness for weeks.
Scene 2: An innocent-looking Alia surpasses expectations as she tightly holds her kidnapper Randeep Hooda, as he breaks down inconsolably in Imtiaz Ali’s Highway. Her performance as a child abuse survivor finding inner freedom with her kidnapper set her apart as an actress to watch out for. She is 20.