Friday, 11 October 2013

Style and the Man - Telegraph

He is not much of a “looks-looks” person and doesn’t fuss over his style. Barun Sobti looked smoking hot at the t2 shoot with Suzanna Mukherjee, his co-star in 22 Yards (directed by Mitali Ghoshal for MS Productions). The TV heart-throb talks style with t2...

So you are not a fashion person?

I won’t make an effort to find out what’s in fashion and what’s not. I just pick up stuff that I like and wear it.

How would you describe your personal style?

Denims and shirts. Very basic.

What are you most comfortable in?

I don’t care about comfort too much. I can wear anything and be comfortable as long as it is not too tight. Nothing worries me. I can wear anything you will make me wear!

According to you, what are the five essentials in a man’s wardrobe?

Pyjamas, first of all, I think. Then good denims, good shirts, good suits... and I like hats. Good suits are essential because to dress up for occasions, you need to look good.

What kind of hats do you like?

I like any kind of headgear, actually. I also like caps and bandanas. I think people with bad hair like headgear! (Laughs) It’s difficult for me to manage my hair. I cannot make my hair look good if I have a bad hair day. I am very famous for losing things. So I buy a lot of hats, but I don’t know how many I have in my wardrobe right now! I must be having 70 bandanas, hats and caps in all. Bandanas and knit bands dominate my wardrobe these days.

Where do you shop for hats and bandanas?

All kinds of places, but I found these knit bands only in Lokhandwala.

Do you have a fashion fetish?

I have phases yaar, I would say. Right now, it’s the don’t-really-care phase. (Laughs) I have phases when I like to indulge. Then I like to buy accessories like shoes particularly, and also sunglasses a lot.

What are the colours you like?

I like dark colours. Black and blue are absolute favourites. Most of my wardrobe is in black and blue.

Do you experiment?

In real life, even putting on clothes and heading out is a trouble because I am that lazy! Sometimes, I do put in an effort. (Smiles)

Do you think it is frustrating for TV stars to stick to one look for continuity’s sake?

I wouldn’t say it is frustrating because someone who doesn’t care won’t be frustrated. Someone who cares a lot about looking great all the time would. I do not. I remember I had gone to the UK for a show. We were doing a meet-and-greet session. A kid asked me, ‘Why do you always wear a black suit? [Referring to his character Arnav Singh Raizada in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?] That’s when I realised that there weren’t too many colours that I was doing on the show! My answer was, ‘No, that’s not true! I have two — one grey and one black!’

Durga Puja is here. What’s festive dressing for you?

As a kid, I remember it used to be traditional. We would have a small puja and then we would all go out, burn crackers and trouble people! Now, I prefer western, like a suit. I like dhotis though.

Any plans of trying a dhoti?

There is a project that I am looking at right now which is a period film. If I do that, then I’ll be wearing a lot of dhoti.

Finally, any plans to go pandal-hopping since you will be in Calcutta during the Pujas, shooting for 22 Yards?

I have seen Durga Puja in films, but Mitali told me that I might not have seen the authentic ones. I am going to see it this time!

What does Barun Sobti look best in? Tell



1. Since he is confident of his body, I gave him a plunging neckline, which he carried off well and was happy to wear. Keeping in mind the season, the fabric was a little thicker… very light-knit. He has a very nice body!

2. Barun has a boyish look, but he is very hot and sexy. I gave him Raghavendra Rathore pants that are super-stylish and in fashion. He’s got loads of attitude to carry off those trousers, which were modified Jodhpurs.

3. We also played a lot with his hair. We gave him a wacky look.

4. The footwear was super comfortable. It was semi-formal… brown leather ankle chappals from Inc. 5... very smart and it kind of toned down the whole look.

top tip: Anybody can pull off this look, but my only advice is that if you don’t have the confidence (and your chest is not done!), do not go for it. If you are conscious of the neckline, try a boatneck or a kurta with a nice neck. And keep the occasion in mind.


1. She’s in a flowing gown by Ditiya Roy. Suzanna’s pretty and petite. I felt she needs to look the person she is. To keep it girlie, I gave her florals. The colours are nice and sober with a hint of coral. She’s got a lovely body and a soft, nice attitude, but an attitude for sure to carry off that willpower dress.

2. For her lips, the idea was to keep it pop. The eyes are soft, natural brown. Her hair has bouncy natural curls.

Top tip: If you have bigger shoulders, try a shrug.


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