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PIX: Different Avatars of The Filmi Moustache

Last updated on: September 27, 2012 17:37 IST

PIX: Different avatars of the filmi moustache

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Bollywood has long banished facial hair for its leading men.

But carefully styled moustaches make periodic appearances onscreen, like Ranbir Kapoor's endearing character in Anurag Basu's Barfi!.

Here's looking at the different kinds of moustaches that Bollywood heroes have sported over the years!


Image: Ranbir Kapoor in Barfi!


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The Rowdy cop moustache

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With his natural swagger and a moustache to match, Akshay Kumar holds court in Prabhu Deva's superhit Rowdy Rathore that released earlier this year.


Image: Akshay Kumar in Rowdy Rathore


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The triangle moustache

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Shah Rukh Khan plays the shy, introverted Suri Sahni with relative ease, armed with a triangle moustache and thick glasses.


Image: Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi


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The imposter moustache

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Rani Mukerji lends her bubbly charm to her character's alter ego Veer, a Sikh boy of modest frame and a thin moustache, in her 2009 film Dil Bole Hadippa.


Image: Rani Mukerji in Dil Bole Hadippa


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The wanderer moustache

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Thespian Makrand Deshpande keeps Swades leading man Mohan company as he travels to his nanny's village and takes in the sights of the Indian countryside.

His moustache reflects his role as a freewheeling philosopher.


Image: Makrand Deshpande in Swades


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The rapper moustache

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Sanjay Dutt plays the ruthless killer Billa in Sanjay Gupta's 2004 thriller Musafir.

He lends a stylish edge to his appearance with his rapper moustache.


Image: Sanjay Dutt in Musafir


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The royal guard moustache

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Amitabh Bachchan plays the royal guard who's caught in a time warp in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya.

His salt and pepper beard and moustache add a realistic old world charm to his character.


Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Eklavya


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The connoisseur moustache

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Aamir Khan's 2005 biopic saw him playing Mangal Pandey.

His connoisseur moustache looks strikingly similar to the freedom fighter.


Image: Aamir Khan in Mangal Pandey: The Rising

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The blonde moustache

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Salman Khan plays Suryavanshi Raj Kumar Vikram Singh, a prince of the Sun dynasty (curiously modelled after the Norse god Thor) in the 1992 film Suryavanshi.

In one of his most bizarre appearances ever, Salman dons a blonde wig and moustache for the role.


Image: Salman Khan in Suryavanshi


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The loafer moustache

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Anil Kapoor, the original moustache man, has taken to styling his facial hair according to the characters he plays.

In Subhash Ghai's revenge drama Ram Lakhan, he plays Lakhan, the good-for-nothing younger brother of a virtuous cop. His  moustache adds a rougish dimension to his colourful character.


Image: Anil Kapoor in Ram Lakhan


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The handlebar moustache

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Veteran actor Naseerudin Shah plays the arrogant subedaar (tax collector) in Ketan Mehta's 1987 film Mirch Masala.

His handlebar moustache lends authenticity to his character.


Image: Naseeruddin Shah in Mirch Masala


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The Chaplin moustache

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One of the many highlights of Ramesh Sippy's Sholay is the sequence where the jailor marches into prison and interacts with the petty criminals housed there.

His moustache is the first indicator of the hilarity that follows.


Image: Asrani in Sholay


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