Actor Rahul Dev's fashion tips for men: Your body is the only gift you have

Flaunt it if you’ve got it! Take cues for dressing your tall, lean and muscular frame in ensembles that range from printed suits to velvet jackets to the classic white t-shirt and blue jeans, but don’t forget the ‘fit’ bit. Actor Rahul Dev tells you how to do it right

rahul dev brown If fashion to you is about making a statement wherever you go, choose a look that leaves a lasting impact visually. Says Rahul Dev: “This suit is a classic design by Suket Dhir, who works a lot with Ikat. I really like these kinds of clothes... This fits well. They have an ageless quality about them. It’s just that once you’ve worn them they are too striking for people to forget! So, you can’t keep on wearing it four to five times”

Times are such that a lot of actors are finding it hard to concentrate on work, but the show is going on...

The time is same for everyone, isn’t it? Everyone is affected at different strata of society and in different ways... be it the middle class, the poor or the rich. But the show has to, and must, go on for everybody in life. People are working from home, bankers have been going to work throughout the pandemic, and cops, doctors and nurses have been superheroes without capes. Everyone is adjusting, everyone has to work... Nobody wants to die financially because nothing stops. Your expenses don’t stop.

rahul dev black jacket Black is black, after all! From red carpet events to dinner dates, this smart casual style topped with a velvet jacket is a win-win. “This black velvet jacket is by designer JJ Valaya, a very dear friend of mine. He used to intern with Rohit Khosla, who got me into the modelling business. Both of us have a very strong spiritual connect. This look is very classic in my opinion,” the actor says

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The past year has changed a lot for everyone personally and professionally. What has been the most defining change for you?

It’s to do with having more gratitude. Don’t take life for granted. All of last year, we’ve watched colleagues, a lot of whom have not seen the camera at all. Anyway, we are in a very unpredictable business, and when you look at all the impossibilities of the profession I am in, I think I have to be very grateful for such a long journey. I remember the time when I began my journey in the business, the areas (in the acting and modelling fields) were very well-defined. Models would model, TV actors would work on TV, and other personalities and movie stars were a separate business altogether... That time we (models) were told, Tum wooden ho... So, I am really thankful that God gave me 117 films, which is a hell of a lot, and so there’s too much to be grateful for. All of last year, just the fact that you are living, breathing every morning, and exercising your body, you have further acknowledgment for it all.

rahul dev brown jacket Why keep floral prints only for beach holidays? Try this salmon suit with a soothing print and a unique silhouette, to stand out from the crowd “This is by designer Suket Dhir. Frankly, clothes look good on me when they are well-fitted. I’m not saying muscle man tees, but I mean slim-fitted stuff looks better on me. This one’s a bit boxy. The print is the reason I like it because it’s rare for men to wear them. I find it cool... I especially like the buttons which lend a very vintage touch,” Rahul adds

In a recent Instagram post, you shared a glimpse of your chiselled physique, and captioned it, ‘Under construction’. Tell us about your interest in fitness?

Anyone who knows me even vaguely knows that I love exercising and fitness. ‘Under construction’ is literally so because the last year has been a troubled year in terms of the well-being for my body. I hurt my right shoulder first, and couldn’t shoot for three weeks, and then I fell from a horse, which left two of my ribs broken. 

Your body is the only gift you have. When a child breathes for the first time after birth, the feeling of relief that the sign of life gives you, is unmatched. And then people keep abusing that body as they grow, till they fall unwell. When you fall unwell, you say, Arre bacha le.... Then it gets okay, and then you forget it again after sometime. Upkeep is extremely important.

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The work front has been pretty active for you with films and web series, the most recent being Raat Baaki Hai. Would you agree that the world of streaming has brought along a variety in terms of roles and stories?

See, I’m a product of commercial cinema. When I debuted in December 2000 in Champion with a negative role, I got a lot of acknowledgment for it. That time there used to be a system of typecast. Movie-making has changed over the years with the coming in of new-age directors with newer thoughts. But the main thing that happened was that the audiences changed. Audiences became very sharp because they got exposed to world cinema, dubbed films from different parts of the country and a whole lot of content which was not (accessible) earlier. For the longest time, the scope of experimentation was limited...just within the negative space. But then last year brought me a comedy Who’s Your Daddy. I played a Sikh in Operation Parindey, an antagonist in Torbaaz, a doctor in a medical thriller LSD: Love, Scandal and Doctors, and more recently, I played a cop. You will see me in the role of a warrior later in the year. So, yes, it gave me a whole variety of roles.

Would you then say it is the most creatively satisfying phase for you?

I have much more to do. I am still not happy at all because in creativity, you keep creating... there’s no limit to creativity. When I look back, I feel I have not done a role of someone with a UP or a Bihari accent. I want to work with a director like Anurag Kashyap... . It’s in my heart to be able to work with people who make the other kind of cinema which I have not done much of.

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Best thing to happen to you in the past month?

In the circumstances, it’s the fact that I’m with my family right now. I’m seeing my son and mother after a long time

rahul dev white striped shirt Most times, keeping your style easy and simple is the best to reflect a relaxed mood. Says the actor: “I am a blue jeans and white linen shirt, or a white t-shirt person. That’s what I am. I have just this one pair of torn jeans. It’s from Emporio Armani, and the T-shirt is also from the same brand. It’s this Club Monaco jacket here that’s super special to me. It is a gift to me from my spiritual master, and so it makes it a divine jacket for me. When I miss something, I wear this”

Describe yourself in three words

Sincere. Thinker. Lazy

Two things you would like to change about yourself?

My laziness, 100 per cent, and reduce my coffee intake

One fashion trend you don’t get?

I don’t like synthetic fabrics at all

A relationship thumb rule that you follow?

Spending time together is the key to hold everything together

rahul dev white shirt It goes without saying that white is right when it comes to safe picks. It is fresh, aesthetically pleasing and minimalist, but maximises the style quotient by notches. Adds Rahul: “The jeans are the drawstring type from Diesel, and the white t-shirt is also from the same brand. The jacket is actually a hoodie. The hoodie is enclosed in the collar, and it’s one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe. I use it a lot during travel... It is easy on style and comfort. Plus, I love white... Like not all-white, Jeetendra style. But yes, white is my favourite”

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Dark versus light-hearted content?

All kinds of content...  but what I really love is a thriller

rahul dev red Wearing red can be a tricky business. Would you take the plunge? “This flaming red is not my choice, but it looks great in a picture! Plus, it had very good fabric. This is also by Suket Dhir, who really carries off his clothes beautifully himself. But this is a look I don’t think I can wear in real life ever," Rahul says

What’s your philosophy on age?

There’s no age... What is age? There is nothing called age!

What scares you?

Disease... I’d rather go in one shot

Where would you want to travel to in a no Covid-19 world?

Canada... My (spiritual) master is there 

rahul dev red jacket Easy, breezy, neat and chic. This unique combination of light blue and salmon for men comes across as perfect option for daywear to a semi-formal occasion. “It’s a brushed khadi jacket with a linen shirt, matched with a silk pocket square. The shirt and jacket are by Suket Dhir again. I love the jacket as it is very soothing to the eye, and I like the fact that it has texture. This ensemble has a lot of attention to details, including the lining of the shoulder which is matched to the jacket, and very interesting cuffs,” the actor adds

What has spirituality lent to your life?

It’s all inclusive

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