Sidharth Malhotra was NOT the FIRST one to wish Alia Bhatt on her birthday! – Here's who wished Alia even before Sidharth's midnight visit on her birthday…
Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra in a still from ‘Kapoor & Sons’
On Wednesday, there was a low-key celebration at her bachelorette pad, as Alia Bhatt turned 24. She moved into her own apartment last year with sister Shaheen, after living with parents Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan. Alia's beau Sidharth Malhotra visited her place at midnight to surprise her on her birthday but he wasn't the first one to wish her.
Papa Bhatt told Mumbai Mirror that he's glad to reroute all the gifts and flowers arriving at his door to Alia's new home. "I'm happy to play the traffic cop and redirect all the gifts and flowers which have been descending all day in Soni's and my space and ask them to take them to the lady's house across the street. Her mom and me are mighty pleased to be in her new house and bring in her birthday with her," said Alia's doting dad recalling she was born at 4 am, 24 years ago. He recalls his friend and guide, UG Krishnamurti, telling him, "This lil' girl of yours will be a star one day."
Mahesh is proud of his petite daughter's achievements and credits it to her grounded behaviour due to her upbringing and her mother. Mahesh adds, "The family is very supportive and Alia is lucky to be in a space where everybody celebrates her achievements. She is constantly given a reality check and made to look at the achievements of other actors and performers to keep her hunger alive. Fortunately, she's not a person who is easily satiated by what she has achieved."
Daddy dearest wanted to be the first one to wish his baby girl, so on the eve of her birthday, he went to her house at around 7 pm. "She was surprised. She reminded me that her birthday was the next day and I told her I wanted to beat everybody at the draw. I wished her again on Wednesday morning. The rest of the day is always planned by her mother who is very particular about celebrating birthdays. I'm just informed and toe the line," he recalls.
He gets nostalgic and says they all have a collage of memories of her birthdays which overlap into each other, saying, "Before I could blink my eye, my lil' girl is a shining star in the sky. I was awestruck when I first laid my eyes on her in the early hours of the morning. I'm still awestruck when I see her going from strength to strength, doing things which are beyond my imagination. My wonderful baby has always had this ability to astound me and keep marvelling at this gift of life."