The return of moustaches on Bollywood's leading men
“Mooch toh maan ka darpan hai. Jiske pas mooch nahi, uske pas maan nahi.” (The moustache is a reflection of pride. A man who doesn't have a moustache does not have any pride)
Remember the moustache-obsessed character Bhavani Shankar's dialogue in Gol Maal?
If Bhavani Shankar, in Gol Maal was to be believed, a man without a moustache is worthless, not a suitable groom and characterless. For Bollywood heroes the twirl of the moustache is at times what they need to do well at the box office.
Presently, the 'mooch' is making its way back into tinsel town. From Akshay's handlebar style in Rowdy Rathore to Sunny Deol’s mooch in Bhaiyyaji Superhit, a moustache seems to be the new fashion trend in Bollywood.
In the black and white era, actors like Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor and Pradeep Kumar sported a moustache. Stars like Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor up the trend well into the 90s.
But by and large, the new generation of actors, ranging from Shah Rukh Khan to Imran Khan— have preferred the clean shaven look.
Last year, when Salman Khan was seen as funny cop Chulbul Pandey, sporting a pencil moustache in the super hit Dabangg, his fans went crazy.
Heartthrob Hrithik Roshan also managed to pull off an elegant moustache in period drama Jodha Akbar, which also got him the best actor award. Neil Nitin Mukesh, who normally sports a stubble off screen, grew a moustache to get into character as an army major in Vishal Bharadwaj's '7 Khoon Maaf'.
Ajay Devgn's moustache has made intermittent appearances throughout his career, varying in size and shape through the years.
But with our Bollywood actors, a plain moustache doesn’t work and often needs a distinctive shape that is memorable.
If Saif Ali Khan went in for the 'zappa' in Aarakshan , Aamir Khan boasts of moustache with long locks in Mangal Pandey and Shahid Kapoor, the painter's brush in Mausam.
In fact Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, mostly clean shaven for his romantic roles, wore a moustache in Amol Palekar's Paheli and Yash Raj Films' 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi'.
And the 'mooch' isn't going anywhere. The craze for the ‘desi’ look is here to stay, for some more time at least.
Abhishek Bachchan will sport a moustache in his upcoming movie 'Bol Bacchan'. The movie is said to be inspired by 1979 comedy film 'Gol Maal', but it hardly looks like the original. Apart from Abhishek Bachchan's moustache act, nothing seems similar between both the films.
Aamir is also taking the trend forward with his bow-shaped chevron on his upper lip for Reema Kagti's second directorial venture, Talaash.
And for those who forgot the scene from Gol Maal here's the clip: