The new poster boy for Hindi cinema, Sidharth Malhotra is a fun guy who's not scared to be himself. He talks to Maxim about the movies, his style and why it's important to not take yourself too seriously. Here's a snippet from that conversation. For the full interview, pick up a copy of the October 2016 issue on stands now or get it online here.
From a Delhi boy to style icon. How was the journey?
Growing up in Delhi, my first tryst with fashion happened when I started modelling. When you're in that profession, you wear different colours, fits, kinds of clothes, styles... I did a lot of Fashion Weeks between 18 and 20, and I'm using all that I've learnt in my choices today. I like to keep it casual and yet experimental. I like faded stuff which is a little grungy. A baseball cap is the easiest thing to wear. Also, glares add to your style. I have a big collectio of sunglasses. I try to have them for different moods. You can wear a simple black or white tee and put on a funky pair of glares. It looks really cool.
Men are still getting comfortable with the idea of adding accessories to their looks. What's you take?
As far as accessories go, I have always liked wearing something on my hand, which is mostly in black. Even if it's a thread around my wrist. Or something metallic at times. Just an element that makes a huge fashion statement.
You've done six movies so far and each one of them had a different look. Which look is your favourite?
I've liked all the characters I've played in the movies. But in terms of extreme experimenting with my look, the hair in Brothers is my favourite. The shorter buzzed hair, beard—keeping the chin slightly heavier—looked aggressive. Just what the characer demanded. Many women have complimented me on that look, just the raw male energy of it.
Photographed by Jatin Kampani
Styled by Nikita Harisinghani
Models: Carla Dennis & Ninja Singh
Hair & Make-up: Hakims Aalim, Rizwan Shaikh, Meghna Butani
Location: Taj Santacruz, Mumbai