Rajkummar Rao and Aditi Rao Hydari are too cute to handle in our July 2018 issue

Their chemistry is so palpable

Actors and shooting stars Rajkummar Rao and Aditi Rao Hydari have little in common — except for talent, focus, a deep love of their craft and a name that is beginning to wield power, writes Mayank Shekhar

“It’s so beautiful, na,” Aditi Rao Hydari sighs, high up in the air, on a stuck Ferris wheel. “We could’ve been at a restaurant instead,” Rajkummar Rao, next to her, grumbles. Then, Hydari fishes out a box of chocolates from her bag and wishes him a happy wedding anniversary. Rao hands her a piece. “Thankoo,” she adorably manages while chewing. The giant wheel starts up again.

This popular chocolate brand’s one-minute ad, streaming on YouTube — with a string of “so-cutes” and “they-look-adorables” in the comments section — is the only time Hydari and Rao, playing husband-wife, have been on screen together. And their chemistry is palpable. Now, in the vanity van after the ELLE photo shoot — which is also the first time they’ve posed together for a magazine cover — it’s quite the same.

I ask if they’ve come close to being in a film together. “Probably there were times when…” he trails off. She chips in, “But, I feel like he’s....” “A really stupid guy,” he finishes. “Yeah, that too,” she agrees, before telling me how supremely comfortable she feels in his company.

And to think Hydari and Rao have such little in common.

Excerpted from Elle's July cover story. To read the full story, subscribe to the print edition here or download the digital edition here.

All the photos from Rajkummar Rao and Aditi Rao Hydari's first-ever photoshoot in ELLE's July 2018 issue:

Photographs: Tarun Khiwal 

Styling: Rahul Vijay

Art Direction: Mrudul Pathak Kundu

Hair (Rajkummar Rao): Vijay Pandurang Raskar 

Make-Up (Rajkummar Rao): Nitin Purohit 

Hair and Make-Up (Aditi Rao Hydari): Elton Fernandez/Inega Model Management  

Assisted by: Divya Gursahani, Pujarini Ghosh, Vedika Chotirmall And Stacey Cardoz (Styling), Abhishek Verma And Antony K Joseph (Photography)