Actor Rithvik Dhanjani's fashion tips for men: It's time to experiment with your wardrobe

Menswear is restrictive when it comes to styles, fabrics, colours and silhouettes. Says who? It’s time you go uninhibited and all out with wardrobe experiments that will make you stand out in a crowd anywhere, and at any time of the day. Actor Rithvik Dhanjani shows you how to ace it

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You’re known as one of TV’s biggest, most bankable stars. How has the journey been? 

I’m extremely grateful for these beautiful years that I have been blessed with in the industry. Ever since I was a child, it was my dream to do what I am doing. To be able to follow my passion and live my dream is a blessing. I am grateful to the people who have helped me through the journey and loved me for who I am. This is the best life.

rithvik dhanjani dancing White is mostly right when it comes to fashion, but beware of a head-to-toe look. Break the look with a funky jacket, and add a dose of cool to the comfort wear (Jacket & drop-crotch joggers, Fuss Pot; Shoes, Hush Puppies)

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Last year’s lockdown has played havoc with the minds of many people in the industry. How did you handle the forced hibernation? 

It was a difficult year. But it was transformative for me. There was so much for us to learn from 2020. Negativity will keep hounding us, but we need to remind themselves that better days lie ahead... that you did not come this far only to come this far. The year taught us to be more loving, more giving, more accepting of one another, and to be better human beings.

What projects are you currently working on, and when do we see them release?

I have just finished shooting for a web series called Cartel, which will release later this year. I’m currently working as co-host on Super Dancer: Chapter 4. I just finished an amazing show with Amazon’s Audible, and I am excited that there are quite a few other things in the pipeline. 2021 looks good!

rithvik dhanjani flexing muscles If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Don’t shy away from a stylish, suave, sleeveless number, and amp up the oomph with an avant garde jacket laced with prominent, eye-catching elements like buttons, pockets and more. (Bandhgala and pleated jacket, Nivedita Saboo Couture; Trousers, Selected Homme)

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The industry can be a tough place to be in. What keeps you going back and looking forward?

It is a tough place. But which industry isn’t? It’s filled with competition, insecurities, and more negatives than positives. It’s very difficult to keep your head straight and be not affected. I always try to do my best because that’s all that I can do. I thrive to be a better version of myself every day. Yes, in this industry you’re constantly being judged, but you’ve still got to work hard and stick to your passion.

rithvik dhanjani suede suit Reminds you of salivating on a piece of red velvet cake, doesn’t it? Go retro in this velvet jacket, which spells luxury. Team it up with a pair of well-fitted, understated yet chic textured trousers and co-ordinated shoes in patent leather to match the sheen. (Jacket, Mr:Berry by Karleo; Trousers, Selected Homme; Watch; Titan Watches)

When I came to this industry, I would do anything for one chance to prove myself. But in most cases, when you’ve hit the ladder of success, you often forget the hunger that got you here in the first place. I constantly remind myself to be as hungry for work as I was on my Day 1 in this city. And most importantly, one needs to always remember to not take things very seriously. Have fun with life, and once you love life, just be in the present, in each and every moment, and let life happen to you. I just realised how I went from hardcore reality to being philosophical in seconds (laughs)!

rithvik dhanjani black pathani suit The grey-black colour combination is often considered simple and sombre, but try being a cut above the rest with this unique, stage-worthy hemline that is reminiscent of voluminous frills in a theatre. It’s as dramatic as it gets! (Leather jacket and dual-toned skirt, Fuss Pot; Shoes, Hush Puppies;  Nose pin, Stylist’s own)

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Would you say that your success was a reinforcement of your faith in yourself, your abilities? 

I absolutely believe that I am a by-product of my beliefs. I believed in myself even when no one did. I believe in who I was and who I am. Thankfully, people accepted me and loved me for who I am. When I came to the city a decade ago, I had no idea what I was going to do. I didn’t even know how to take a bus or a train. I didn’t know what a fast local or a slow local was. I was that naive. But all that I had in my pockets was the belief that there would be a day that I would make it. And here I am. Dreams do come true and things happen for you if you believe in yourself and work with all your heart. It won’t happen overnight, but it will, eventually. Never let anyone tell you that your dreams are too big to be true. 

rithvik dhanjani shiny suit (Jacket, Fuss Pot; Denim, AG Jeans)

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rithvik dhanjani brown suit The camel colour keeps trending every few years as a good choice for smart casuals in menswear. Make a statement with this Indo-Western styled easy ensemble, which exudes a mix of style and warmth. (Co-ord set, Fuss Pot; Belt, Mirror The Store; Band, FOReT Store)

As an actor, what do you view as your strength? 

As a human being, I am very sensitive. It  helps me in acting because I feel too much. I can feel every emotion because of who I am in real life. If anyone else is going through pain, I feel it too. This makes me emotionally rich, and it helps me as an actor.

rithvik dhanjani black suit It doesn’t get safer than black and blue, does it? Pick pants with a side stripe to give your look an edge, and be occasion-ready by teaming it up with a stylised blue shirt and a black tuxedo for a vibe that is classy and classic. (Jumper, Mr:Berry by Karleo; Blazer, Blackberry; Shoes, Hush Puppies)

With OTT channels springing surprises like never before, do you think you’ve got a chance to showcase your talent better now and satisfy your creative hunger?

Actors are in a much better space today with the introduction of the OTT space. It gives a huge stage and acceptance. I know so many brilliant actors who were not considered as mainstream film actors and they were not part of television as well. All of these brilliant actors are getting their due on the OTT. The OTT has found them. It is accepting of a lot of actors who otherwise would have gone unnoticed.

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Your idea of a relationship: To love someone at their best and worst, with their insecurities and shortcomings

What attracts you to a woman: Her idea of self-love

rithvik dhanjani colourful trousers This look spells one thing aloud: don’t fret experiments with colours. Pink is often underrated when it comes to menswear, but its versatility is yet to be fully tapped. Be ready to turn heads with this multi-hued, printed lower and pair it with a contrasting turtle neck, fitted sweatshirt. (T-shirt, Fuss Pot; Trousers, Faiz Zariwala; Shoes, Bata India)

Your idea of an ideal friendship: It’s all in or nothing... Friends are people with whom you are emotionally vulnerable and naked. They are your true critics

A book that has inspired you: I’m not much of a reader, but of all the ones I have read,  Tuesdays with Morrie is beautiful

Your most luxurious indulgence yet: When I am out on holiday, I rent supercars.

What’s on top of your bucket list: For now, I want to go to two places. One is Isha Yoga of the Sadhguru Foundation. The other is Adishakti for an acting workshop in Puducherry. My bucket list keeps changing

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Your dream car: Once upon a time, my dream car was a Range Rover, and now I have it

Mountains or beaches: Definitely mountains

Living out of a suitcase or chilling at home: Living out of a suitcase

Your style staple: These days, oversized t-shirts or shirts

A piece of advice to the world: Love yourself to the point that the world is jealous of how superhuman you are. And believe me, being human is super 

One role you’d accept without any hesitation: Any detective series... Sherlock Holmes!

HAIR & MAKE-UP: Samit Kamble, Hasan Salmani

Assistant photographer: Manisha D Ratnani 

Artist pr: Shimmer Entertainment

Location: Dabboo Ratnani’s studio


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