Versatile Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt is set to make her Hollywood debut in Netflix’s ‘Heart of Stone’ releasing on Friday which is a globe-trotting spy thriller co-starring Gadot and Jamie Dornan.
Bhatt’s role as a tech prodigy named Keya is one that’s hard to describe without spoiling the twisty plot, but it’s an important one.
In India, the actress had grown accustomed to being a lead, but here she was happy to delve into a more supporting part — as long as it had substance to it, reports Yahoo Entertainment.
“Your first film chooses you,” Bhatt said in an interview with The Associated Press in June. “Technically, this is my first English-language movie. It chose me and I’m so happy it did.”
While reading the script, Bhatt wanted to make sure that her character wasn’t just there to fill a “South Asian” slot, and that she was involved in impacting the storyline.
Heart of Stone director Tom Harper called Bhatt a “formidable talent” and said that it was the dynamic between Keya and Gadot’s character, Rachel Stone, that most excited him about the film.
She was also pregnant during the shoot and was tickled to see some of the things she “did” in the finished film (with the help of stunt doubles and digital effects).
The release of “Heart of Stone” caps off what has been a banner year for the 30-year-old, in which she also welcomed her first child, attended her first Met Gala and was named the first Indian house ambassador for the luxury label Gucci.
She also had a small part in the Telugu-language action epic “RRR,” released earlier this year which became an international sensation, and also has been making a name for herself as a producer.