India’s most famous football player, Bhaichung Bhutia, also has a keen fashion sense. He takes us under his wings to teach us a trick or two.
by Gitumoni Talukdar
Maxim: Okay, you kicked our asses on the field. How does it feel to turn into a model?
Bhaichung Bhuta: I don’t necessarily consider myself a guy who tries too hard to be stylish, but I do keep myself updated with the latest fashion trends. I like to dress for the occasion, and I prefer to be understated.
M: How would you define your personal style?
BB: My personal style is all about comfort. I need to be comfortable in what I am wearing and I choose clothes that make me feel confident, while putting me at ease.
M: Being a successful sportsman, what are the things a player needs to keep in mind when it comes to style?
BB: Hair, hair, hair.
M: What are the three must-have items in your wardrobe, apart from your boots?
BB: Definitely running shoes, denims and a white shirt.
M: Who’s the one person you definitely consider a style icon?
BB: It has to be David Beckham. He is spot-on with his style. Even in a simple tee, he looks great.
M: What about red carpet events?
BB: I really can’t say much about fashion or what to wear, because I try to ensure I am appropriately dressed. But I think it comes from where you are—be the best at whatever you do and you will automatically stand out. That’s as true for fashion as it is for life.
M: What can a man do for his lady to keep her smiling? We’re big on #MakeHerSmile, as you already know.
BB: Praise her! That tells her how much you appreciate her and all the things she does for you. And compliment her.
M: Among your mates from the football fraternity, who do you think are stylish?
BB: I think Sandesh Jhingan and Renedy Singh are pretty stylish. They always seems to be very well-turned out.
Photographs by Amit Sharma
Styling by Dhwani
Hair & Make-Up by Aien Ozukum & Neeraj
Shot on location at Le Meridien, Gurgaon