Athiya Shetty, who debuted in the film Hero alongside Sooraj Pancholi, heaped praises on two leading actresses in Bollywood Anushka Sharma and Alia Bhatt and called them "powerful". She said she looks up to Anushka Sharma as an inspiration and also called Alia Bhatt a hardworking girl.
On Anushka Sharma - "I've looked up to Anushka Sharma, she has inspired me, specially how she has taken her career so well. She is producing films, started of at a young age, she is making the films she wants to, producing the ones she believes in."
On Alia Bhatt - "Also Alia, she is my age but she has achieved so much in such a short span of time. She is so hardworking. I think everybody has their own journey." She further commented praising both Anushka and Alia by saying, "I think times have changed. Women are becoming more powerful. There are more films which are being written around women."