Soni Razdan

Soni Razdan (born 25 October 1956) is a British actress and film director who works in Hindi films. She is the mother of Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt and married to director Mahesh Bhatt.[2] She is aunt of Emraan Hashmi.

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Soni Razdan Bhatt in 2018
Soni Razdan

(1956-10-25) 25 October 1956 (age 64)[1]
Birmingham, England
OccupationActress, film director
(m. 1986)
ChildrenShaheen Bhatt
Alia Bhatt
RelativesSee Bhatt and Hashmi family

Early lifeEdit

Razdan was born in Birmingham, UK, to Gertrude Hoelzer, a German woman, and Narendra Nath Razdan, a Kashmiri Pandit. She is the mother of Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt.[3][4][5][6]


Razdan started her career in English theatre with John Fowler's The Collector and her Hindi stage career with Bund Darvaze, Satyadev Dubey's adaptation of Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit.

Her photos were seen by Franco Zeffirelli who wanted to cast her as Mary in his miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth. The role, however, was given to Olivia Hussey and Razdan was cast as a young grieving mother as well as appearing as an extra in other scenes.[7]

She appeared as Sulochana in the hit Doordarshan TV series Buniyaad. She also acted in Indian TV serials Saahil, Gaatha and has been a regular on Indian television.[8] In 2002, she turned to direction with Aur Phir Ek Din on Star Plus, a take-off on One Fine Day starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney.[8]

She has also acted in Bollywood movies. Razdan directed a film called Love Affair that was expected to be released in 2016, but did not.[9][10][circular reference][11] She acted in Meghna Gulzar's Raazi which also starred her daughter Alia in the lead role. This was the first time when she shared the screen with Alia where she played the character of Alia's mother.[12] Soni played the lead role in the film Yours Truly where she portrayed the character of a lonely middle-aged government employee Mithi Kumar.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Razdan married film director Mahesh Bhatt on 20 April 1986.

She is the mother of Shaheen Bhatt (born 28 November 1988) actress Alia Bhatt (born 15 March 1993), step mother of Pooja Bhatt & Rahul Bhatt and the aunt of Emraan Hashmi.[14]



Year Film Role Notes
1981 36 Chowringhee Lane Rosemary, Violet's niece
Ahista Ahista
1983 Mandi Nadira
1984 Saaransh Sujata Suman
1985 Trikaal
1986 On Wings of Fire
1998 Such a Long Journey
1990 Daddy
1991 Sadak
1993 Sir
2001 Monsoon Wedding
2004 Dobara
2005 Page 3
2006 Jaan-E-Mann
2011 Patiala House Dimple Bua
Love Breakups Zindagi
2013 Shootout at Wadala
2016 Love Affair
2018 Raazi Teji Khan
Yours Truly Mithi Kumar
2019 Noblemen Shay's Mother
No Fathers in Kashmir Halima
The Verdict - State vs Nanavati ZEE5
War Nafeesa Rahmani Final Film


Film Year
Nazar 2005
Adnan Khan 2009
Love Affair 2016


Year Serial Role Channel
1986 Buniyaad Sulochana (Lochan) DD National
2017 Love Ka Hai Intezaar Rajmata Rajeshwari Ranawat Star Plus


  1. ^ "England and Wales, Birth Registration Index". Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. ^ The Hindu, Online (30 December 2008). "woman of many parts".
  3. ^ "Karl Hoelzer , Alia's great grandfather dared to take on the Nazi regime in his own small way and paid a very heavy price for it". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  4. ^ "BUT LITTLE DID ALIA's GRANDMA GERTRUDE KNOW that her tragic story would have a happy ending". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  5. ^ expressindia, daily news (30 January 2001). "I'll voice the worries of Kashmiri muslim".
  6. ^ "@PoojaB1972 @MaheshNBhatt @AdrianMLevy I'm half Kashmiri Pandit and Half German..also an atheist and have not imposed any faith on my kids". Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  7. ^ "What's Wrong With Poor Part 3". sonispeak. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  8. ^ a b The Tribune, Spectrum (13 August 2006). "Soni Razdan returns".
  9. ^ "Soni Razdan's directorial venture to go on floors in 2016". The Indian Express. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  10. ^ Love Affair (unreleased film)
  11. ^ "Soni Razdan's Love Affair put on hold, to do a TV series first?". 6 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Raazi movie: Soni Razdan explains why she wanted to hug daughter Alia during the shoot".
  13. ^ "In Yours Truly, Soni Razdan Shines In An Elegant Ode To Middle-Aged Longing". Film Companion. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Rediff On The Net, Movies: An interview with Soni Razdan".

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