For some female celebrities, Shah Rukh Khan's moustachioed look in much-awaited Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi has not made any difference in loyalty. Others, however, feel he is better off without it.
Though this is for the third time that King Khan is sporting a moustache after Army and Paheli, he is receiving a mixed response for his 'ordinary man with moustache' look in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, releasing Friday.
“Shah Rukh definitely looks good without a moustache. He looks so good when he is clean shaven. Moustache looks good only on Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor because we have always seen them like that unlike Shah Rukh who is more like a boy next door,” supermodel Laxmi Rana told IANS.
Shah Rukh has teamed up with newcomer Anushka Sharma in the movie, which is about a mismatched couple who find true love against the backdrop of a dance competition. Shah Rukh plays a middle class guy and his look is designed to suit his character in the film - he wears ill-fitting shirts and trousers teamed with sneakers. He also sports black rimmed spectacles.
His other look sees him clean shaven and sporting flashy, bright and trendy clothes.
Model Amanpreet Wahi has rejected both his looks in the film.
“I am not a Shah Rukh fan, but he surely rules Bollywood. Firstly, I think he looks good only without a moustache and secondly his weight loss is visible through the promos and he is not looking good.
“Women prefer macho men and he is not at all looking so in the way he has dressed for the film. His weight loss has done him no good,” Amanpreet said.
However, TV actress Ketaki Dave feels fans are not responding enthusiastically to Shah Rukh's new look because they are used to seeing him sans a moustache. “It will take time to get used to it,” she said.
Item girl Payal Rohatgi echoed the same: “I am a great Shah Rukh Khan fan and I love him in all get ups. The moustache look suits him for this role of a middle class husband but on a personal level, I do prefer him without it. His clean shaven look rocks.”
Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, daughter of veteran actors Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, put out her verdict straight - “With or without moustache, Shah Rukh is god!”
Even dusky beauty Chitrangada Singh, is all eyes for the actor.
“Shah Rukh looks good anyhow. I personally prefer him clean shaven, but he could even make a beard work as long as he looks long and hard in the girls' eyes,” she quipped.
Another lot of Shah Rukh fans including film critic Anupama Chopra doesn't believe in judging an actor by his or her looks.
Chopra considers moustaches and looks a very secondary consideration in judging an actor's capability.
“He looks different with a moustache, but it is not how I look and judge actors. That is just not the criteria for me,” she said.
Jackie and Anil are few of the handful actors in Bollywood today who can carry off a moustache with panache, apart from yesteryear actors like Raj Kapoor and Rakesh Roshan.