As Akshay Kumar rocks the turban in his film Singh is Bliing, the actor says the cloth is more than just a style statement. Excerpts from a chat with the actor:
Do you think of the turban as a fashion accessory for men?
Turbans are by no means a fashion accessory and one must remember that no matter how good one looks or feels in one, they are made and tied out of pure love and obedience to the wishes of the founders of their faith. A turban is sported out of a sense of holy dedication.
Do they add grace and charisma to an attire? How does it feel to wear stylish turbans in films?
To be honest, from the deepest depths of my soul I absolutely adore wearing a turban. I feel 10 feet tall, I feel I have found a meaning, I feel unbreakable when I wear one. It is the most important piece of cloth I’ve ever worn, and I appreciate and remember every single sardar that has ever tied one on my head.
What is the best compliment that you have ever received while sporting a turban?
A sardar in Patiala once told me, ‘Now you look like the man you were destined to be!’ I promptly blushed and thanked him, and facetimed my mother as she loves to see me in a turban. But the nicest compliment I have ever received came from my son. When he saw me in a turban in Singh is Bliing, he said, ‘Dad, you look like a real Sikh hero.’ I hugged him, and told him the real Sikh heroes are the ones his dadi has hanging on the walls of her bedroom. He smiled and said, ‘People should respect them more,’ I couldn’t agree more.
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