Mumbai, Dec. 27 -- Unlike many other star kids, Alia Bhatt has always brought in the New Year in Mumbai itself. But this year, for the first time, the actor is heading to Dubai to celebrate with a few friends.
"Yes, Alia is going to Dubai for a couple of days with her friends. She's very excited, but she has to return quickly since her next film (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania; HSKD) has already gone on floors and she is supposed to start work on it in the first week of January," says an insider. In fact, co-star Varun Dhawan has already started shooting for the film.
Interestingly, designer Manish Malhotra and Alia's mentor, film-maker Karan Johar, are also in Dubai for the occasion. "It's not clear whether Alia and Karan will bring in 2014 together because she's travelling with her friends," says the insider.
Apart from them, even the Bachchans - Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai - are believed to be heading to Dubai to celebrate the New Year with daughter Aaradhya. Just last month, the couple had gone there to celebrate Aishwarya's father, Krishnaraj Rai's 75th birthday. They were accompanied by her mother Vrinda, brother Aditya and sister-in-law, Shrima.
Apparently, Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri will also celebrate New Year's Eve there. As for Alia, once she returns to the city, she will have her hands full with assignments. Apart from shooting for HSKD, she has two releases lined up in the first quarter - Imtiaz Ali's Highway and 2 States with Arjun Kapoor.