Alia Bhatt tells us what it was like to work with Ranbir Kapoor

We are at the JW Marriott Juhu, where Bhatt will soon be walking down the runway, displaying her collection for Caprese.

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Alia Bhatt is running behind schedule, but the minute she emerges from her suite, you’re instantly aware of being in the presence of a star who is doing that thing celebrities do to make sure you feel the wait was worth it. We are at the JW Marriott Juhu, where Bhatt will soon be walking down the runway, displaying her collection for Caprese. Slightly goofy, radiant and talking a mile a minute, it hits you at 25, she is already one of the industry’s finest actors and will only grow to be a bigger star than she is.

Bhatt’s association with Caprese as their brand ambassador has been ongoing for nearly three years. This season, she has co-created handbags with the design team that are a blend of her own tastes, and draw inspiration from the Mediterranean island of Capri. “The idea behind the curation was that it should have my style, which is basically kind of minimal, lots of colours and a few florals here and there. But we [also] wanted to offer variety,” she explains earnestly. Vogue spoke to Alia Bhatt about being a bag lady, finally working with Ranbir Kapoor, and what it takes to be an actor.

What according to you is the most essential handbag to carry?

I’m somebody who travels a lot. So essentially for me, what I look for is the comfort element, but at the same time, it is also about the look. You have to have that balance off that correct colour, the correct pop. A bright backpack or like a bright tote could be an essential of mine.

What’s the most surprising thing someone will find in your bag?

Honestly, I have everything in my bag. If you were stranded for three days [with me] you would be fine, but [there’s] nothing really surprising [in there]. I’m obsessed with skin and lip hydration, so you would find different lip hydrators and face hydrators.

Do you collect handbags?

Yeah, of course! You are either a bag person or a shoe person I think, [and] I’m most definitely a bag person.

What’s the current count at?

I don’t count because that would make me feel a little embarrassed. But I can say that one closet is sort of overflowing now, and I need another—which I don’t have.

You’ve co-created Caprese’s current collection. What do you like about the brand?

What I like about Caprese is that they manage functional and chic at the same time. They are very progressive in their style and they are constantly adapting. The bags are suitable for any sort of occasion—you have a variety of bags that you can take to brunch, to a dinner date [or] you can take when you are travelling somewhere. So from laptop bags to backpacks, totes to satchels, we have it all.

Tell us a little about the character you’re playing in Brahmastra?

I could tell you lots about my character if I was allowed, but I’m not. The film is slated to release next year. I can say for sure that it is something that Indian cinema has not seen on celluloid before. We are putting out a one-of-its-kind experience.

You have interesting co-stars on this feature. What has the experience been like so far?

It’s been amazing. Honestly, working with Ranbir is something that I have always looked forward to, because I have looked up to him so much as an actor. If he is a fantastic actor, [and] he is an even more fantastic human being to work [with]. When you are on set, you become like a family and everyone really looks after one another. Everybody is really into each other’s work and that’s the way it is. It becomes like a family working towards one big goal, and its really nice when your co-actor is very understanding and accommodating and is just, you know, like an easy delight. Ranbir is that.

Amitji is a legend. It’s been absolutely fantastic to be work with him—he is so, so, professional. Even now, when we are all on set and even though we are done, we will all come and see him perform on the monitor. It’s an opportunity that not everyone gets, to be with him live on location, and his character is [also] super cool. I’m really looking forward to the release.

How do you keep going despite such a taxing schedule?

There is a lot of love for what I do and that keeps me going. If I didn’t love what I was doing, I don’t know how I would continue. I have no complaints. If someone says you’re so busy, I just keep knocking on wood because it’s a good thing.

What according to you does it take to become an actor?

This is a secret and I’m giving it away—I think understanding humans is very important to understand the character that you are portraying. If you don’t have a sense of humankind and you don’t get a perspective immediately, then you won’t have the ability to dig deep in the relationship, and you can forget about being a star. What it takes to be an actor is to be an understanding human being.

You come from a family that has a sound background in the film industry. What has been the most important thing you’ve learnt from your parents?

Punctuality and punctuality and respect and respect. The two things they taught me the most is respect for time and respect for people. My motto in life is to constantly be on time and appreciate everyone’s contribution. It’s very easy for you to start floating in the air when you’re an actor. Those are the two things that both of them have taught me together.

What has been the challenging role that you have played till date?

Every role is challenging. Right now, I can say the roles I am playing in Brahmastra and Kalank are the most challenging ones I have ever portrayed.

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