Before casting Alia Bhatt, director Imtiaz Ali wanted to cast an older actor to play Veera Tripathi in the critically acclaimed film Highway (2014). When he met Alia and discussed the role with her, he was sure that she was the perfect fit for the role.
During the shooting of Highway (2014), Alia Bhatt improvised dialogues and scenes that further developed and evolved her character in the film.
Alia Bhatt has been candid about how she adores actress Kareena Kapoor and believes that Kapoor is one of the best actresses in Indian fillms. The two worked together for the first time in Udta Punjab (2016).
Director Karan Johar auditioned hundreds of girls for Shanaya Singhania's role in Student of the Year(2012) but noted freshness and raw talent in Bhatt's audition and cast her in the film. After her debut, Alia Bhatt has starred in 7 films produced by Dharma Productions.