"I just like to play, and playing ‘dress-up’ is fun for me."
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh’s fashion choices have been a subject of discussion, trolling and inspiration.
He is well-known for his flamboyancy and distinctive style when it comes to his choice of fashion compared to other stars.
One not to shy away from colours and vibrancy, Ranveer seems to always match his clothes to his moods in life.
The actor spoke at length in a recent interview on how he was always into the ‘atrangi’ mode and loved making bold statements early on in his life.
The Lootera actor revealed that during his early days in Bollywood, he was quite inauthentic as far as his fashion sense was concerned.
“After two or three years in show business, I was growing tired of being inauthentic to myself.
“If you see pictures of my public appearances from my early days, that’s not me at all.
“That’s me trying to conform, and failing miserably while feeling under-confident and unsure.”
The Bajirao Mastani actor revealed that he had been Atrangi all his life and that his friends called him the same when in school.
He also opened up on how he experimented with his style early on and tried and tested everything that he came across related to fashion.
Ranveer Singh shared:
“When I had a life-altering back injury during Lootera, it gave me a lot of perspective.
“I just decided from that point on, that I will be more authentic in my choices and be true to myself.
“So, I went back to being what I had been all my life an atrangi.
“My friends called me ‘atrangi’ in school as I was always finding unique, distinctive ways of expressing myself through my appearance.
“I had piercings as early as in my third grade.
“I used to buzz my hair into a Mohawk every summer, wear baggy jeans even before baggy jeans were a thing.
“While growing up, I was impacted a lot by alternative culture.
“I experimented with every style one can think of: be it punk, goth, grunge, hip-hop, or bohemian.”
“During school days, I was known in my social circles for making a bold style statement and doing it with panache.
“Three years into being ‘famous’, I just went back to being the person that I naturally was, and it started working for me.
“That’s when I realised that when you make authentic choices, they surely resonate.
“From that point on, I just started having more and more fun with my fashion sense.
“My stylist Nitasha Gaurav also encouraged my whimsical choices and it then became a thing.
“More than anything, I do it for my own amusement.
“I just like to play, and playing ‘dress-up’ is fun for me.
“I am always attracted to original, distinctive and unique expression when it comes to style and fashion.”