They both got off the blocks together seven years ago and through their individual journeys and as co-stars, they are frontlining the new star brigade in the Hindi film industry. Yet Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt have shown that they would rather be uneasy than comfortable, challenging their abilities in fresh stories, walking the untrodden path and taking risks in non-commercial projects. In the process, they have not given up on the mass entertainers, respecting them enough to justify their existence and subtly changing the grammar even within that format. In Kalank, the two actors attempt a classical romance with their unique brand of chemistry and contemporary understanding. Offscreen, they are grounded and focussed individuals with definitive and differing worldviews and craft. They represent the fresh breath of every young Indian in their desire to reset every known template with their individual talent. By Rinku Ghosh.