Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor: How Bollywood’s Leading Men Go Bold and Bearded for Films
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Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor: How Bollywood’s Leading Men Go Bold and Bearded for Films

Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor have all gone for scruffy looks for their films

Bollywood’s leading males including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan have big films in the pipeline. While the three stars are donning diverse avatars in their respective films, they have one thing in common – beards in different cuts. Only recently, Salman Khan also sported the edgy stubble for the Ali Abbas directorial, Bharat. As tinsel town stars have their beard-game on and in full swing, we take a look at this year’s most up-and-coming fad. And, pioneering Indian stylist Bharti Taneja is with us on this one!

According to her, the rough and tough look symbolizes something very different in films. “While in real life a moustache and beard give an impression of strong, brave and chivalrous men, in movies a dense beard signifies an intense, passionate and melancholic hero,” she says, also emphasizing on the need to keep the look well-tamed and groomed.

1. Salman Khan in Bharat

Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor: How Bollywood’s Leading Men Go Bold and Bearded for Films Still from Bharat

Repping an old man in the recently released Bharat, Salman is seen with salt-and-pepper hair, grey whiskers and matching beard. Seeing the star in a never-seen-before avatar was surely a visual treat for his fans!

2. Amitabh Bachchan in Chehre

Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor: How Bollywood’s Leading Men Go Bold and Bearded for Films

Still from Chehre

Big B rocks the stark white beard in the snippets from his upcoming movie, Chehre. While he wears a goatee-like French beard in his everyday life, his latest look is just too good to be true. Amitabh is spotted channelling white long facial hair, knotted at the end into a tiny ponytail. We can’t wait to see his overall look from every scene!

3. Shahid Kapoor in Kabir Singh

Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor: How Bollywood’s Leading Men Go Bold and Bearded for Films

Still from Kabir Singh

A thick and dark beard completes the 38-year-old star’s look in one of the stills from his upcoming film Kabir Singh. While the grown-up touch still doesn’t make Shahid look his age, he has nonetheless pulled the look off effortlessly. The film sees him essay three phases of his character Kabir’s life, one of which requires him to adopt a bearded look and ruffled hairdo. Yes buddy, you nailed it!

4. Saif Ali Khan in Jawaani Jaaneman

Crew cut and sleek beard alert! A beard is also sported by Saif in his upcoming project. Flaunting the trend, he looks on-point in the pictures that have surfaced on social media with his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan and son, Taimur.

So, Bollywood is back with beards and they are definitely here to stay!

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