VOGUE India

ALIA BHATT

Alia Bhatt knows she runs the risk of losing her mind. By her mid-twenties—when our minds fully develop rationality—her face was on billboards, the world was filtered for her through a swarm of publicists and her private decisions were under public scrutiny. Imagine coming to full cognitive clarity in those conditions. I arrive to interview her primarily wondering how she stays intact. Let’s say…I’m asking for a friend.

My first glimpses don’t paint a helpful picture. She’s in the pool at the JW Marriott Mumbai fashion director, Anaita Shroff Adajania, is in the pool directing—“arch your back”, “float higher off the floor”, “bend knee like —and Alia obeys.

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