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“I may be glamorous but do I look like I am on drugs?” Rohit Bal separates rumour from reality

Admitting that he was always treated like a charmer, the veteran designer says that he has become uncomfortable with judgements drawn from his looks, skin colour and profession

brunch Updated: Sep 15, 2017 17:08 IST
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Fashion designer Rohit Bal. (Rohit wears a customised emerald and gold ring from Padma Gems, sunglasses from Ray-Ban and shoes from Tod’s. He wears a silk quilted short sherwani with a tiered-panel crinkled skirt with gold detailing, both from his own collection)
Fashion designer Rohit Bal. (Rohit wears a customised emerald and gold ring from Padma Gems, sunglasses from Ray-Ban and shoes from Tod’s. He wears a silk quilted short sherwani with a tiered-panel crinkled skirt with gold detailing, both from his own collection)(Prabhat Shetty)

Behind the glitz and glam of the fashion industry, there is another world of rave parties and drug-fueled orgies…or that is what we love to believe for what is a fairy tale without a dark twist! And if you happen to enjoy the tag of being the ‘Bad Boy of Fashion’, you automatically become the poster boy of the druggies. But ace designer and a darling of the party circuit, Rohit Bal, recently shattered this myth.

Even though he has never shied away from acknowledging that ‘a lot of creative people smoke grass and society (fashion industry) is liberal enough to accept them’, in an interview to HTBrunch, the 55-year-old stunner clarified that he is not one of them. “People are excessively curious about me. I know they find me interesting and want to be with me. I may be glamorous but do I look like I am on drugs?” he asked.

Bal has been a leading designer for more than 25 years now, and has already survived a heart attack. In the interview, he emphasised that he is a recluse in the making, who barely eats at restaurants or watches movies in theatres.

Admitting that he was always treated like a charmer from his growing up days in Kashmir long before he found fame in fashion, Bal said that as the years wore on, he became uncomfortable with judgements drawn from his looks, skin colour and profession.

From HT Brunch, September 10, 2017

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