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Who wears the LUNGI best? VOTE!

Last updated on: July 30, 2013 19:28 IST

Image: Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express
Women are spoiled for variety when it comes to clothes. But men can have fun too. At least on the big screen. 
 
Every time a hero gets the opportunity to dump his fitting pair of denims or leather pants to breathe in the comforts of a soft lungi or cotton dhoti, he's quite happy to oblige.
 
And right now Shah Rukh Khan is responsible for trending the South Indian veshti with Rohit Shetty's upcoming entertainer, Chennai Express. What's more he's even shot a song called the Lungi Dance performed by Yo Yo Honey Singh that's got everyone's attention for all sort of reasons. 
 
He's not the first one to sport the garment.
 
Here's looking at Bollywood's men in lungi -- plain, plaid or printed.  

Arjun Rampal

Image: Arjun Rampal in D-Day

In one of his best performances till date, Arjun Rampal looks and acts his part perfectly in D-Day.

Nawazuddin Siddique

Image: Nawazuddin Siddique in Gangs Of Wasseypur

Nawazuddin Siddhique looks comfortable in his printed lungi, as he takes a break in Anurag Kashyap's bloody film, Gangs Of Wasseypur.

Akshay Kumar

Image: Akshay Kumar in Bhool Bhulaiya

As a clairvoyant mystic who tries to solve spooky issues troubling his friend's household in Bhool Bhulaiya, Akki gives the traditional a uber chic twist.

Aamir Khan

Image: Aamir Khan in Mela

Aamir Khan pays tribute to Clint Eastwood and Rajinikanth in one breath with his bizarre mishmash of east-meets-west as a nautanki actor in Dharmesh Darshan's Caravan rip-off.

Salman Khan

Image: Salman Khan in Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega

Bollywood's effortless clothes horse can make a statement even in a pair of torn shorts.

The Shirtless Khan flaunts buff in a sarong-styled lungi for the title song of Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega.

Sunny Deol

Image: Sunny Deol and Poonam Dhillon in Sohni Mahiwal

The Jat hunk wears his lungi in the Punjabi tradition to look his role of Mahiwal in the doomed love story co-starring Poonam Dhillon.

Anil Kapoor

Image: Anil Kapoor in Hifazat

Exaggerating cultural stereotypes is Bollywood's favourite past time.

Ad that's exactly what Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit engage in after chomping off a bite of drugged 'batata vada' in this silly but comical song from the lesser-known Hifazat.

Amitabh Bachchan

Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini in Desh Premee

A far cry from the sophisticated poet of Kabhi Kabhie, AB goes all out in a striped tee and popular lungi pattern to appease Hema Malini in Manmohan Desai's jingoistic social, Desh Premee

Rakesh Bedi

Image: Farookh Shaikh, Ravi Baswani and Rakesh Bedi in Chashme Buddoor

Casual wear at home differs from person to person.

In Chashme Buddoor, the three friends and roomies played by Farookh Shaikh, Ravi Baswani and Rakesh Bedi alternate between kurta pajamas, shorts and tees or the unstitched lungi when idling about at home. 

Mithun Chakraborty

Image: The Agneepath poster

Mithun Chakraborty's breathless chatting and ridiculous costume lampooning the humble lungi as Krishnan Iyer M.A. Nariyalpaniwala, lends Mukul Anand's bloody drama some much-needed respite.

Rishi Kapoor

Image: Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan in Amar Akbar Anthony

Rishi Kapoor plays the romantic Akbar Illahabadi to the T with his colourful wardrobe of colourful lungis and flamboyant shirts in one of Bollywood's most loved multistarrers of all time. 

Sanjeev Kumar

Image: Jaya Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar in Anamika

Sanjeev Kumar not only looks comfortable in the lungi but stylish too. The brilliant actor wears a visibly trendy and colourful range in the romance mystery, Anamika.

Mehmood

Image: Dhumal and Mehmood in Gumnaam

Needless to say no mention of lungi is complete without Mehmood and his iconic costume as the Hyderabadi-accent, lungi-swaying Butler in Gumnaam, which has been parodied by many actors since. 

Kishore Kumar

Image: Kishore Kumar (right)in New Delhi
In the satirical New Delhi, Kishore Kumar plays a North Indian pretending to be a South Indian in order to procure a rented apartment in a region-biased society. 
 
To prove his authenticity he dresses up in traditional TamBram attire and, needless to say, passes with flying colours.

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