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Charithra Chandran of ‘Bridgerton’ on Sharing Indian Culture and Characters with the World

Condé Nast Traveler Indiais annual destination wedding guide is back, showcasing the latest trends and the most glamorous destination weddings of the year, from a glamorous socialite at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to a fun-filled fiesta in Mexico. The “destination wedding for revenge” has arrived, with nuptials getting more elaborate than ever, and customization and personalization reaching a new level. Every detail counts. And the bride is at the center of it all, bringing her own personality and eccentricities to the show.

Cover star Charithra Chandran, star of the hit Netflix show Bridgerton, is also at the center of her own story: a modern, multicultural woman who moves easily between worlds without feeling the need to compromise herself. On a sunny day in London, just before filming began, she arrived punctually at the Lanesborough Hotel in Knightsbridge, ready to play the bride. Dressed in Manish Malhotra’s Khaab-Mijwan 2022 collection and wearing exquisite jewelry from Cartier, Boucheron, Dior Joaillerie and Jessica McCormack, she is accompanied by her own team of brides throughout the festivities. We spoke to Charithra about her cover shoot, Bollywood, and more.

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What is your experience shooting this cover for the Condé Nast Traveler India destination wedding guide?

Being the hottest day of the year in the UK, it seemed perfectly appropriate to photograph some beautiful Indian wedding attire. It was a very fun, relaxing and also emotional day seeing me as a bride.

What was the response to your role in Bridgerton? Both in the world and also in India?

Of course, I hope people enjoyed the show and my performance. But more importantly, I hope young brunette women felt seen and heard. That they deserve love, romance, and are allowed to be complex, imperfect beings. Overall I think it exposed more people to Indian culture and helped show that South Asian stories and characters are popular. In India, I hope we have made our people proud on the world stage.

What is your relationship with India?

I think it’s my home, because that’s where my family is from. I’m so proud to be Indian, in fact I think it’s a privilege to be born into such a rich and beautiful culture. I try to keep up to date with what’s going on, songs and movies as much as possible, although I haven’t been as good at it in the past few years.

Tell us about your travel style and what’s on your bucket list?

I am truly an “explored” person when I travel. That’s why hotels matter a lot less to me because I literally only use them for sleeping and washing. I love being outside, embracing a region and getting lost in it. It also means I pack light – a capsule travel wardrobe is key. I really want to go to South America. I would like to spend six solid months traveling from the north of the continent to the south. But I want to learn a basic level of Spanish before I leave.

What are you currently working on and would you ever consider Bollywood?

I’m currently shooting my first feature film for Prime Video, which is exciting. It was a wonderful experience and a completely different role than anything I’ve done before. Right now in the Indian film industry, I suspect I’m too dark and not well connected to be offered anything. But for me, there isn’t much of a distinction in acting between films in English and films in other languages, including Indian films. In the Tamil film industry, my favorite actors were Suriya, Jyothika and R Madhavan. In Bollywood, I always liked Aamir Khan and Vidya Balan.