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Every year Bollywood witnesses hundreds of star-struck entrants – from filmy and non-filmy backgrounds. Everyone comes with a determination to be the next big thing. However, sadly, not many have what it takes to be the next Rajkummar Rao or Ranbir Kapoor. Many vanish without a trace. But there are some, who go on to become superstars like Alia Bhatt.
Since her debut with ‘Student of the Year(SOTY 1)’ in 2012, Alia has gone on to act in some of the biggest hits in the last few years. Right after a Bollywood masala movie like SOTY 1, she chose an offbeat film - Highway. With that single move, she made everyone stand up and take note. She made a statement and let people know that she was more than just a pretty face and was here to stay. Since then, whether it be Udta Punjab, Raazi, Dear Zindagi or Gully Boy, she has proven to be an exceptional actor and a bankable star. Every time she surprises her audiences and impresses her critics with her choices.
You may or may not be an Alia fan, but no one can deny her talent or her ability to make bold moves, take risks and rise above the rest.
So, let’s look at what we can learn from Alia’s mantra of success:
Be committed – Alia is known to be an extremely hard-working actor, who comes to the sets on time, works non-stop and goes back home. She is committed to her craft and continues to evolve.
In the same way, it is important to commit yourself 100%, once you take on a role. Even if it is something that you are doing for the first time or are not comfortable with - learn as much as you can from where you are. It’s often the tough jobs and uncomfortable roles that teach us valuable lessons that eventually help us succeed.
Never rest on your laurels – It is easy to become contented once you achieve a target or get that hard-earned promotion or crack a tough interview. But no matter how many successful movies Alia does, she refuses to rest on her laurels. In one interview, she said that she refuses to stop improving despite delivering so many hits. She feels that the moment she does that she will become jaded.
To be successful it is important to continue to give your best no matter how much you have achieved. The moment you feel you have done it all, and become lax, you will find yourself slipping down the ladder, you worked so hard to climb.
Be fearless in your choices – In an interview, Alia said that she never wants to become complacent and be rehearsed about her choices, and that is why she constantly takes risks. Though she fears failure, she doesn’t let it stop her.
You should also never let the fear of failure stop you from accepting new opportunities. It is when you take up new challenges that you grow as a professional. You may even end up uncovering a new ability, that you never thought you had.
Confidence is key – Alia was called just a pretty face after SOTY 1, but she says she never let it get her down, as she always believed in her abilities. And her second film proved her right.
Therefore, no matter what stage of your career you are at, the key to success is always to believe in your abilities. Self-belief, even in the face of criticism, helps you achieve the impossible. Have confidence in your choices. It is a lesson that you need to learn early on in your professional life.