Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in Harpers Bazaar Bride

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We at Think Shaadi were quite taken with last month’s cover of Harper’s Bazaar Bride, which featured the two hottest properties in Bollywood – Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor. Alia looked coquettish whilst Arjun smouldered in his usual leading man manner, the shoot, although fashioned in the traditional bridal aesthetic was refreshing. Gone was the stiffness and ultra-formality of previous shoots and in its place saw a more relaxed and younger tone.

The subtitle ‘Colours of India’ was an apt description, with Alia wearing a kaleidoscopic lehenga from Manish Arora’s 2013 couture collection, famed of course for his eclectic palette, and jewellery by Think Shaadi partner Gehna Jewellers. The pairing of Arora and Gehna was perfect in invoking the colourful experimentations of contemporary Indian design.

Alia and Arjuna were promoting their latest film release 2 States by Abhishek Varman, and the narrative of the film was reflected in the shoot. Young love was the key theme here; it was about bringing a sense of fun and frivolity to the forefront, so the clothing had to fit with that theme.

It’s pretty difficult not to smile at this, a young couple on the threshold of love.