Alia Bhatt & Sidharth Malhotra in Vogue – Feb’16

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Bollywood stars today, they are just like us. After wrapping a hectic two-day cover shoot, we are on a wobbly seaplane, flying over the luminous waters of Maldives, when actor Malhotra nudges me. On his smartphone is a video of a truant little monk who keeps nodding off while meditating—it’s in the same chuckle-inducing vein of cat and baby clips we routinely see on 9gag.com.Alia & Sidharth

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It was their first time here and, like any curious tourist, Bhatt was elated at the sight the seaplane afforded. At 4,500ft, you can see oval-shaped landforms haloed by lagoons and reefs in the turquoise sea. It’s so spectacular a sight that, like Bhatt, you can’t help but remove your sunglasses to confirm it isn’t an illusion. A day later, the Brothers actor joined us on set, where he too had a first-of-its-kind moment when Anaita Shroff Adajania, ’s fashion director, determined to catch the last of the fading evening light, convinced him to take shield in a human changing room on the beach. “I was butt-naked, changing behind four women holding towels—definitely not something I’ve done before,” he says. Real deal The duo has a shared history.

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On another day, when it’s time for dinner, she forfeits room service to eat with the crew. “Why would I want to sit alone and eat when there are a bunch of interesting people eating outside?” she asks, delicately spooning her soup. Sometimes they keep it so real, they can fool you into believing they are one of us. But train a camera lens on the telegenic couple and you’ll see them transform. Their chemistry is combustible.