His bravado apart, Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s stylised beard — a mix of a thin mutton chop beard, a classic gunslinger or a Franz Josef — has become the talk of the town.
It may not be too long before it becomes a trend among people, say experts
Reminiscent of a beard sported by megastar Rajinikanth in “Petta” or Suriya in “Singam”, Abhinandan’s well-groomed facial hair style may well be the next big thing for men who have drawn from shapes sported by cricketers Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and Bollywood star Ranveer Singh in recent times.
“It won’t be wrong to say the beard sported by the IAF pilot will be soon be called India’s very own Abhinandan style,” Darshan Yewalekar, personal hairstylist to Ranveer Singh and owner of and owner of D Shave Barbershop, told IANS.
Abhinandan, an IAF Wing Commander, returned to India on Friday night, two days after he was captured by Pakistan when his MiG-21 crashed in that country.
After the end of the nail-biting drama over his return, Twitterati have finally got a chance to mull over his unique moustache.
For generations altogether, Army and Air Force personnel have been particular about flaunting a well-groomed moustache or beard, and it is part of their sub-culture.