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Soni Razdan (born 25 October 1956) is a British-born Indian actress and film director.She is the mother of Alia Bhatt and wife of Mahesh Bhatt.[2]

Soni Razdan
Born (1956-10-25) 25 October 1956 (age 62)[1]
Birmingham, England
OccupationActress, film director
Mahesh Bhatt (m. 1986)
ChildrenShaheen Bhatt
Alia Bhatt
RelativesKaran Razdan (brother)


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][better source needed][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]

Personal lifeEdit

Razdan married film director Mahesh Bhatt on 20 April 1986.

She is the mother of actress Alia Bhatt (born 15 March 1993) & Shaheen Bhatt (born 28 November 1988) and step mother of Pooja Bhatt & Rahul Bhatt and the aunt of Emraan Hashmi.[13]



Film Year
36 Chowringhee Lane 1981
Ahista Ahista 1981
Mandi 1983
Saaransh 1984
Trikaal 1985
Khamosh 1985
On Wings of Fire 1986
Such a Long Journey 1988
Daddy 1980
Sadak 1991
Saathi 1991
Sir 1993
Gumrah 1993
Monsoon Wedding 2001
Dobaara 2004
Page 3 2005
Jaan-E-Mann 2006
Patiala House 2011
Love Breakups Zindagi 2011
Shootout at Wadala 2013
Love Affair 2016
Raazi 2018
Yours Truly (film) 2018
No Fathers in Kashmir 2019


Film Year
Nazar 2005
Adnan Khan 2009
Love Affair 2016


Television Year
Buniyaad 1986
Love Ka Hai Intezaar 2017


  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 Pandits".
  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. 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  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. ^ "Rediff On The Net, Movies: An interview with Soni Razdan".

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