Alia Bhatt’s proving that the way to an Indian boy’s heart is through his mother’s approval

Winning over your boyfriend’s family — especially his mother — is a task of its own. You could impress her with your cooking skills. Or, you could feign interest in her hobbies. Even better, you could follow her on Instagram to stalk her and leave adorable emojis on her posts. But if you’re still figuring out your strategy, take a leaf out of Alia Bhatt’s book on How To Make Your Boyfriend’s Family Love You.

Alia’s strategy has not only worked on her Ranbir Kapoor’s mum, Neetu Kapoor, but even on his sister, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, who gave the Raazi star a personalised gift. If you too want to win over your boyfriend’s family, we suggest you try these fail-proof relationship hacks that Alia is acing all too well.

1. Thoroughly and unabashedly, be yourself

A post shared by Alia (@aliaabhatt) on May 30, 2018 at 11:19pm PDT

Even if that means posting a picture of you lounging in your PJs at home with your cat — a pet you probably love more than other humans — cradled in your arms. That’s it, go ahead and post it, and wait for that “Awww” comment, just like the one Neetu Kapoor posted on Alia’s picture above. And to think Neetu’s a dog person…

2. Give your boyfriend’s mother a social media shoutout on her special day

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Not only are you making her feel important, but you’re also telling the competition to back off your man. #Taken

3. And if she wishes you for yours, make sure you show your love

Birthday girl in her own world #brahmastra@aliaabhatt #ranbirkapoor

A post shared by neetu Kapoor. Fightingfyt (@neetu54) on Mar 15, 2018 at 9:33am PDT

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First of all, know how lucky you are that she even remembers. And if she’s hashtag-ing your boyfriend’s name, take our word for it — she thinks you’re THE ONE.

4. Keep checking for updates from her handle

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The key is to like selective photos, and not every single one. Good choices: family portraits, a picture of your boyfriend’s parents with Snapchat filters (how cute is that?), and obviously your own boyfriend’s face.

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