1. Kaira from Dear Zindagi
Alia’s story of a young girl dealing with her mental health touches you right in the heart. Her beautiful, raw performance gave a lot of troubled young girls voice, reminding us that the best of us go through the same painful things and we needn’t feel alone.
2. Veera from Highway
A girl so torn and hurt, she finds friendship in captivity. Veera from Highway was a scary reminder of the world that surrounds us and the pain and torment it puts thousands of young women through. In finding happiness in an unusual situation, Veera’s character reminds us that freedom is subjective, and that most of us are not free like we need to, and want to be.
3. Kumari Pinky from Udta Punjab
An unnoticed girl stuck in an ugly man’s world, Alia from Udta Punjab was all of us. Even after she is kidnapped, raped, drugged, she keeps the hope in her alive through a little dream she keeps safe inside her. No matter the pain she is put through, she never forgets to dream. If that’s not the life of every second girl around you...
4. Vaidehi from Badrinath Ki Dulhania
A bright, young girl dedicated to her career and making a good life for herself. What could go wrong? Vaidehi struggles to keep her eyes on the real prize as she is forced to think about marriage and is constantly pulled down by the men around her. Alia was every Indian girl in this film and her striking performance had all of us rooting for her.
5. Sehmat from Raazi
A strong, passionate woman who will do anything for her father and nation. Raazi was an excellent film, and Alia was the star of the show. Her honest confusion and fiery determination encouraged all of us to not give up on the things that matter most, no matter how bad it gets.
6. Safeena from Gully Boy
And a new favorite, Safeena from Gully Boy was perhaps the light of the entire movie. She is territorial to the point of hilarious, short-tempered to the point of scary, in love to the point of madness. Safeena reminds us of the extremities of human nature, and Alia’s performance is unbeatable at it.