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Tressed look is in for Bollywood

Most of our actors are sporting long hair, on-screen or off-screen. Unveiling Krrish

india Updated: May 05, 2006 17:17 IST

Arguably the most newsworthy haircut of the year is now a reality - Mahendra Singh Dhoni has lopped off his lusty locks. This is the international season of short hair and maybe that, and the harsh Carribean summer prompted Dhoni not to honour Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ’s request.

But unlike the rest of the world, where a male icon’s hairdo dictates looks both on celluloid and the runway, in India it is the other way round, with Bollywood determining what the look is going to be. For instance, last season when curly hair was the fad world wide, Bollywood’s heroines started straightening their locks and the rest instantly followed suit. This season the men in tinseltown are taking the cue, setting the trend everywhere.

And from the look of things, while the established stars are not too keen to alter their look, it seems long hair is the way to go this summer, never mind Dhoni’s sudden change of heart.

For the list of long-maned men in Bollywood is growing. From Salman Khan in Saawan (we know you didn’t see the film, but remember the poster?), Hrithik Roshan in Krrish, Arshad Warsi in Anthony Kaun Hai?, Vikram in Aparichit, Jackie Shroff as a ghost in Bhoot Unkle to Akshay Kumar’s look in the Thums Up commercial, it seems filmdom’s men are in the mood to show off their mane.

Hrithik sports long hair in Krrish. 

"Absolutely," says Kavita Panjabi, master stylist at international salon Franck Provost. "Earlier on, John Abraham and for a while Aamir Khan were the long-haired icons, but of late I have been getting a lot of requests from my clients to give them the Dhoni look. Summer may be in, but this season things are different," she adds.

But will Dhoni’s haircut see fans reaching for their scissors?

Unlikely, if the trendmill is to be believed. Though cricket fever still rules the streets (despite Dhoni losing his ICC supremacy to Adam Gilchrist), the Mahi way may not win the hair day. Reason? Bollywood is a tough act to beat.

Stylist Theia, who worked on Raj Kaushal’s Anthony Kaun Hai, says actors are styled according to character definitions and not just because a certain trend is in. "The look in cinema is character-driven and aims to provide novelty, for instance Arshad in his never-seen-before rasta look and even in a commercial like Thums Up or Hrithik’s superhero image."

“Dhoni looks good because the straight hair fits his jawline fine,” Theia adds.
Akshay Kumar’s long hair in the Thums Up commercial is attributed to Thor, the ‘god of thunder’ look, which went perfectly well with the script. And one doesn’t really know if Dhoni’s mane had anything to do with it, since he is the brand ambassador for cola rival Pepsi.

However, most of the actors in question (with the sole exception of Hrithik), are not in a position to grow their hair long naturally, giving wig makers a field day as they give the stars the ‘in’ look.

But Dhoni fans need not worry. The star, on his way to the West Indies, is keeping his hair short for the gruelling two month tour ahead. “But in two months, my tresses will grow back,” he smiles .