First Ajay Devgn tried it, now Salman Khan has taken it to the masses. The moustache has come out of hiding, and is now right under our noses… Literally. Salman Khan himself had commented on the trend saying, “The look is popular among men in the interiors of India, especially among the guys who want to look older than they are. It makes them feel macho and rugged.”
Hair stylist Shanno Hanspal of Hakim Aalim’s salon, Bandra, feels that the number of customers now sporting the moustachioed look has risen recently. “Men who had never considered sporting one are now trying out this look. They’re also maintaining longer side-burns now,” she says, adding. “In India, lots of men take their style tips from Bollywood stars. People come in asking for Saif Ali Khan’s hairstyle and Salman’s moustache.” Her recommendation for first time moustache men — keep it thin and trimmed. The thick one might over power your face.
Model Tony Luke, who has sported a moustache in a number of shoots, says, “I don’t know what the women think, but as a guy, I love the look. My model friend Inder Bajwa also grew a moustache recently and it really compliments him.” On why the look has gained popularity recently, he says, “It’s something that grows naturally, so why not wear it with pride?” He prefers the slightly rugged look, saying, “I wouldn’t bother with a thin moustache. Keeping it a thicker and manlier is better.”
Hair stylist Jawed Habib, however, gives the look a thumbs down. “It’s only around because of Dabangg. It will not catch on as a fashion statement.”