What can one say about Alia Bhatt that has not been already said? Here is a young actress - unfairly accused of being the beneficiary of nepotism, that much-dreaded word in Bollywood - who has earned her every award and acclaim and shut her initial detractors up with scintillating performances, chutzpah and coolth. If February saw her sizzle in Gully Boy, this month, she will be seen in the multi-starrer Kalank. What is endearing about Alia is her utter lack of pretence or ego. In our interview, she is candid about her dreams, her approach to her craft and ahem... even her working relationship with Ranbir Kapoor. What a delight this girl is! This issue is also special because, well, it’s wedding time! Not just in Bollywood but the whole of India as families and couples prepare for summer nuptials. You won’t find a better guide than our edition! From the best venues in the UAE where you can tie the knot to beauty and fitness fixes, exquisite shoots, designer inputs, style tips and gifts, we have everything covered. Trust Masala! to be your friend and guide through your wedding! Talking of wedddings, how can I forget to mention some celebrities who may be just walking down the aisle soon. Yes, you guessed it right - Farhan Akhtar is madly in love with Shibani Dandekar while Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor continue to give #relationshipgoals. The buzz around T’town is that these two couples might be the ones who would be taking their relationship to the next level after last year’s big weddings of Deepika, Sonam and Priyanka. Wow! Can’t wait for that to happen, can you? On another note, we also have an exclusive with actor Neil Nitin Mukesh. His has been an interesting career trajectory. Starting off with a bang, he seemed to have lost his way with the big hits and critical acclaim missing, however, he will now enter a new phase in his career by turning producer. I loved Neil’s honesty as he talks about his past, his successes and failures and his future plans. That’s Bollywood - a place where you never stop to dream!
LEKHA MENON, EDITOR