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Behind closet doors: Samir Kochhar

The man you see suited up for IPL matches actually loves his tracks and casual tees more

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Apr 21, 2016 19:13 IST
Nidhi Choksi
Samir Kocchar donned suits only after IPL came into his life
Samir Kocchar donned suits only after IPL came into his life(Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

The man you see suited up for IPL matches actually loves his tracks and casual tees more.

Actor and cricket commentator Samir Kochhar is enjoying fatherhood. It’s evident as you walk into his Versova home: toys are scattered across the floor, all for his 11-month-old son. His love for movies is obvious from the posters of Sholay, Rocky, Hide and Seek, and many others mounted on his walls. He’s in shorts when he meets us — a far cry from those sharp suits of Indian Premier League’s (IPL) studio.

Changing style: “Back in Delhi, I grew up wearing whatever was available. I always knew that my dad’s wardrobe could be raided anytime. I didn’t really have a fashion sense as such. When I moved to Mumbai in the early 2000s, I was surprised to see how people here were so obsessed with their hair — they’d dye them in all possible colours. With IPL coming into my life, I was introduced to suits which I didn’t quite like wearing initially. It took some time for me to get comfortable wearing them.”

Shoes from Zara feature in Kochhar’s wardrobe (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

Go-to outfits: “I’m more of a T-shirts and jeans kind of a guy. Unless I actually have to dress up, you’re likely to find me in tracks, harems, shorts and boxers.”

Pin it up: “I started wearing these fun lapel pins on my suits that range from superhero motifs to the ones that make an environmental statement. It gives a good personal touch to my look. Wearing hard-hitting formals with an element that’s casual is something I find edgy.”

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Style no-no: “I love experimenting but I’d never wear skin-tight T-shirts. You don’t always have to show the great body underneath that T-shirt.”

Colour code: “I like black, red, blue. I don’t mind adding a pop of bright colour to my outfit though.”

Kochhar is hugely inspired by English footballer David Beckham’s style (HT File Photo)

Impulsive shopper: “I’ll go to one place and pick up 10 things. I just like to get it done with. I always feel that shopping is something that cannot take too much of my time.”

Fashion faux-pas: “I was supposed to be a show stopper at a store opening in Kolkata four years ago. The designer came with the outfit I was supposed to wear — a purple bandhgala that had the map of India, and horns coming out from the shoulders. I was aghast. It was horrible, but I still wore it.”

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Style inspiration: “Ryan Gosling, Johnny Depp and David Beckham. I want to ask Beckham how he does it right all the time.”

Accessorise: “I love collecting sunglasses. But I also somehow manage to lose all the pairs I own. I had 12 pairs two months ago and now I have only three. I’ve recently started collecting watches and there’s a Breitling I’m trying to convince my wife to gift me.”

A DKNY T-shirt from his collection (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

Oldest piece of clothing: “I still have the first robe that I ever wore when I was born. My mom has kept it.”

Most attached to: “My jackets. I love dressing for the winters. If I’m not in India, I’ll wear cardigans, sweaters and trench coats.”

Lavish purchase: “A suit my designer Gopika Gulwadi made for me. It’s supposed to be bespoke and made from a rich fabric, but I’ve never understood why it was so expensive.”