Mumbai By Kabir Ali and Ajay Patil
HT Mumbai’s most stylish awards 2015
Here’s a look at B-Town personalities who are set to receive special awards at HT Mumbai’s Most Stylish.
Global icon (female)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: The former Miss World is a fashion icon for millions around the world. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan started her Bollywood career in 1997 and, in no time, she had made a mark as a style diva in India, and internationally. Donning one exquisite couture dress after another, her red carpet appearances at the Cannes Film Festival have always been headturners. She also used the French festival as a platform to silence those who criticised her post-pregnancy weight, when she stepped out in a stunning gown last year, oozing confidence.
Global icon (male)
Irrfan Khan: You can always count on a film starring Irrfan Khan to be critically acclaimed – be it his Bollywood projects or his Hollywood flicks. He is just as consistent when it comes to his sartorial choices. The suave actor has a signature style. He sticks to formulaic wardrobe staples, rarely venturing out of his comfort zone, but no one’s complaining. Despite casually favouring jeans with T-shirts or shirts, and black suits at formal events, he wins our approval for always being well-turned-out, looking his sophisticated best.
Woman of substance
Deepika Padukone: This award is not being presented to Deepika Padukone for her stunning style sense, or for the way she carries herself with such elegance. It is meant to applaud her courage. It is to recognise the strength she has shown in fighting her own demons. Earlier this year, Deepika admitted to suffering from depression. But she didn’t let it mar her spirit. She fought hard, and, more importantly, she shared her experience with the world in a bid to give other sufferers hope and strength. That’s why, for us, she is a woman of substance.
Most stylish import
Ali Zafar: This Pakistani singer and Bollywood actor’s good looks paired with his smart and quirky sense of style make him a favourite among the ladies. Ali Zafar enjoys reinventing his style quotient whenever he can, and his red carpet appearances prove that. Over the years, the confidence with which he has pulled off a moustached look, a French beard, and a variety of different hairstyles proves that he is indeed the Most Stylish Import the country has seen.
Varun Dhawan: He is all of five films old, but even in that brief time, Varun Dhawan has portrayed an interesting array of characters on the big screen. And using these roles, he has unknowingly created fashion trends that have been a rage among young Bollywood fans. When he isn’t working, Varun opts for well-fitted T-shirts, sporty jackets and fashionable footwear. He uses his lean physique to his advantage and ensures that he looks his best in casual as well as formal wear – be it western or traditional.
Readers’ choice (female)
Shraddha Kapoor: Being a star kid, and having grown up among celebrities seems to have taught Shraddha Kapoor one valuable lesson – never step out looking sloppy. The actor doesn’t follow trends. Her mantra is different, as she opts for comfort. Whether it is skirts and dresses, or a variety of Indian wear, she has used these to establish her signature style statement. Casually, she is often seen rocking a sporty look, which she styles with layered apparel and funky high-top sneakers.
Readers’ choice (male)
Sidharth Malhotra: The younger crop of Bollywood actors clearly realises the importance of looking good off screen. Among them is Sidharth Malhotra. You would usually spot him in jeans, printed T-shirts and occasionally a cap, but he cleans up pretty well for formal outings too. What makes Sidharth stand out is his ability to pull off a variety of looks. From clean-shaven to bearded and lean to buff, we’ve seen him undergo transformations for his roles, and he has made each look work for him.
Ayushmann Khurrana: As a reality show winner, a former VJ and an actor, Ayushmann Khurrana’s cool style statement has had a major influence on the country’s youth. What works in the Bollywood actor’s favour is that he is always willing to experiment with his looks. Even with formal wear, he is open to wearing bright colours, and carrying off timeless fabrics like corduroy and velvet, that many are hesitant to try. His confidence, comic timing and singing skills only add to his personality.