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If looks could kill

Bollywood this season will see its heroes raw and real. B-town hunks are setting the screen on fire with their unkempt, rugged and street-smart looks, writes Princy Jain.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2009 20:16 IST
Princy Jain
Princy Jain
Hindustan Times

Bollywood this season will see its heroes raw and real. Lean structure, unkempt hair, loose clothes, and mild stubble will be the look of B-town hunks in 2009. Be it Hrithik Roshan in Anurag Basu’s


, or Shahid Kapur in Vishal Bharadwaj’s



From the younger lot, Rajeev Khandelwal will sport this ‘raw’ look in UTV Spotboy’s

Peter Gaya Kaam Se

, Imran Khan in [mamu] Aamir Khan Productions’

Delhi Belly

and Prateik Babbar in Kiran Rao’s

Dhobhi Ghaat


Setting a trend
Hrithik [Roshan] confessed to have tried everything to change his look from last year’s Akbar [Jodhaa Akbar] to his character in Kites. “It’s a very International yet a street-smart look. Hrithik’s clothes are not super-fitted. He is lean and very monochromic. He is raw and classy,” said designer Suneet Varma, who has done the styling in Kites.

Shahid has a double role in Kaminay. “The Mumbaiyatapori look that he sports in the film has long hair and stubble. He also has a dark tan skin tone. Shahid is looking unbelievably different,” said a source from the film. “It will be interesting to see Shahid play a completely different character from his last look in Jab We Met,” said trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

Time to change
Rajeev [Khandelwal] went in hibernation for six months and returned 10 kg lighter to play Peter in Peter Gaya... Rajeev said he took cues from real life guys and it seemed to work for him.

“I was introduced to these bike-taxi pilots. They were craggy, blithe and risky guys. I had the task of mixing my observation with my own self. It was difficult, but I ultimately could bring out the required zinc on screen.”

The film is all set to go on floor on February 10. Even Prateik [Babbar] carries a roadside slender look in

Dhobhi Ghaat

and Imran’s look in

Delhi Belly

is also very casual.

First Published: Feb 19, 2009 20:09 IST