When Maxim and Zippo decided to collaborate on #TheRealMan project, we knew it would be nothing short of special. It started with a simple idea —in this day and age, what really makes a real man? Our research led to a massive Twitter campaign and contest launched by a real man in the flesh, Ali Fazal. We asked people from around the country to tell us what they think are the qualities of a real guy in 2015. The answers came flooding in...some whacky, some serious and some very sensible causing a blitzkrieg on Twitter that week. Our jury selected the six winning attributes, and then Team MAXIM went on a nationwide hunt looking for the men who embody the spirit of being a real man. Here's who we found...
Zippo and Maxim hosted #TheRealMan celebratory party at Mumbai's newest hot spot, ARK at the Courtyard by Marriott. Hosted by the enigmatic Manasi Scott, guests spent a thrilling evening watching our real men on film, listening to their stories, enjoying a selection of tipples, and being swooned by Indian goddess, Anushka Manchanda, who belted out a fantastic mix of tunes—she sang Fever by Peggy Lee, I Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd and ended the evening with Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard. We're officially in love.
Special shoutout: Arjun Vajpai, one of the six real men, attended the event and spoke about his experience of climbing Everest at the young age of 16 (he's the third youngest Indian to have done so), and what it takes to be an adventure junkie.
Vhaurn Arora, the winner of the Zippo Twitter contest also attended the event and got to meet his idol and Real Man spokesman, actor and all-round cool guy Ali Fazal.
Spotted at the Maxim and Zippo #TheRealMan party: Ali Fazal, Pooja Chopra, Amit Gaur, Kubra Sait, Rajeev Paul, Rakesh Paul, Parvin Dabbas, Manasi Scott, Anushka Manchanda, Suchitra Pillai, Preetika Rao, Ashwin Mushran, Vivek Madaan, Aditya Motwani, Parul Bindal, Elena Fernandes, Priyanka Shah, Narayani Shastri, Claudia Ciesla and Nisha Harale.