Here’s why actor Aishwarya Rai and pop star Taylor Swift inspires Alia Bhatt

Bhatt made a big impression with her floral saree ensemble at this year’s MET Gala.


One of the busiest actors in the showbiz right now is Alia Bhatt. She revealed in a recent interview with the publication Harper’s Bazaar India that she draws inspiration from a variety of cultural figures, including actress Aishwarya Rai and pop singer Taylor Swift.

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When asked about Indian and global cultural heroes that have influenced her work, whether it be through their choices of films, career paths, or just their overall demeanor, Alia replied: “I admire Kate Winslet for her incredible range and resilience, and Taylor Swift, who turns every experience into heartfelt music. I feel inspired by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who chartered her own course and took her journey global when no one was even thinking about it. And, of course, Kareena Kapoor Khan who is iconic in every way, and Shreya Ghoshal whose voice just elevates every word and rhythm given to her. These women embrace their journeys with such élan and ease—that authenticity is what I aim to bring to my roles.”

In response to a question regarding her preparations for the upcoming years in the field, Alia stated, “In 2024, I see myself continuing to push into new creative territories, aiming to engage with the audience on deeper levels. The goal has always been to challenge myself, to not be comfortable where I am, to dig deep within myself, to be able to contribute more to my characters. The legacy I hope to build is one of meaningful, memorable roles which not only entertain but also provoke thought and inspire change.”

Bhatt in a still from ‘Heart of Stone’

Recently, Alia made her Hollywood acting debut in Heart of Stone. Her next film appearance will be in Jigra, directed by Vasan Bala and starring Vedang Raina. September 27, 2024, is when the movie is scheduled to open in theaters. She will also appear with Vicky Kaushal and Ranbir Kapoor in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Love & War.