He is the only Indian in
Best Dressed List this year and Waris Ahluwalia, crowned the 'The Punk Maharaja' by the American media, wants to make a grand homecoming with a Bollywood movie. Jewellery designer, actor and devout Sikh all rolled into one, Waris has already worked in Hollywood and has now set his sights on Mumbai.
"I would love to do a Bollywood film but am yet to receive an offer. If you have a part that works for me, I'm pretty easy to find," Waris says. The 35-year-old was born in Amritsar and moved to the US at the age of five. Waris, who now lives and works between New York, Italy and Jaipur, is a regular on Manhattan's party circuit. Described by
as the perfect example of East meets West, he has acted in Oscar-nominated
The Royal Tenenbaums
Despite his turban and beard look, Waris says that he has never been stereotyped in Hollywood. “Whenever I meet agents, they’re concerned that I'll be stereotyped, but I haven’t Some of my roles — cameraman, a bank hostage, a Republican — none of these called for an Indian," he says.