Happy 27th Birthday Alia! You don’t get a special post of any kind (maybe tomorrow) because I got like 4 hours of sleep last night, and the night before, and I have that kind of physical grief hangover thing. Like, I’m not upset my aunt is dead, because it happened months ago after months of sickness, but it’s still A Thing to go see her buried and clean out her house and stuff. I told you all that’s why I was taking a train trip this weekend, right? Anyway, Alia gets a discussion post instead.
Okay, two questions! What is your personal favorite Alia movie?
I’m so TORN! But I had a hard weekend, I am giving myself a break and letting myself pick two.
Shahrukh. What more is there to say? Okay, well also it has really good performances and a good script and stuff.
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
Better script than Dear Zindagi, not as good direction, great co-star but not quite as good as Shahrukh, better role for Alia, you see why it is SO HARD to choose?
And for the “good actor or lucky?” If I absolutely HAVE to choose, I’m gonna go with slightly more luck than talent.
Like, I think she is good, far better than most young actresses, but her rocketing to fame and stuff owes a lot more to being in the right place at the right time and picking the right roles than anything else. She came in just as the previous generation of actresses was marrying and stepping back, and there was a new batch of heroes who needed a younger heroine, and a bunch of great roles out there for just the right person to snap up. If she had been launched 5 years later, or 5 years earlier, she would be Kriti Sanon or Parineeti Chopra.