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, Tony, who prefers the slightly rugged look, says, “It’s something that grows naturally, so why not wear it with pride?” Hair stylist Jawed Habib, however, gives the look a thumbs down, saying, “It’s only around because of Dabangg. It will not catch on as a fashion statement.”
Mooch ado about nothing
Know your type: There are various styles in moustaches with interesting names. So you can sport the natural ones (no styling), Hungarian (big and bushy), Dali (narrow, long points bent or curved up steeply), Handlebar (bushy with small upward pointing ends), Horseshoe (full moustache with vertical extensions from the corners of the lips down to the jawline) or Pencil (narrow, straight and thin as if drown on by a pencil) among others.Trendsetting: Growing moustaches for films is the latest fad in B-town. Viveik Oberoi for Rakta Charitra, Salman Khan in Dabangg, Shahid Kapoor for Mausam, Ajay Devgan for Rajneeti, and Emraan Hashmi for Once Upon a time in Mumbai are some recent examples.
Old is gold: Actors like Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Shatrughan Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Nana Patekar have long been known for their moustache look. Actors have even grown the mousches for period films such as Hrithik Roshan for Jodhaa Akbar, Shahrukh Khan in Paheli and Aamir Khan in Mangal Pandey.
On the ramp: The magic of the moustache was brought on the fashion ramp as well when recently designer Ashish Soni decided to have all his models sport pencil-thin moustaches to suit the 70s’ theme of his clothes.