Ahh Movember! It’s that time of year when furry caterpillars and Freddie-style handlebars adorn the upper lips of the male population, with mixed results!

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Story by Rumnique Nannar

You can call it indoctrination from watching too many Bollywood films starring 1980s superstars, Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff, but I’m a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to judging a good ‘stache. There’s a certain trim, curled tips and style that can make a man look distinguished or come off as a pubescent boy.

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Whether you are competing for the International Man of Movember award or growing some facial fluff to support the cause, we’ve got some handy tips from our favourite ‘stached men to guide the way!

1. Anil Kapoor
1. Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor has flirted with different varieties of moustaches through his illustrious career. Being one of his maddest fans since I was a kid means I’ve shamefully charted style evolution over the years. In the earlier days, there was the Sharpie ‘stache, which was very thick and trimmed, and often matched his spangly outfits and less-OTT pompadour.

The Sharpie-blocked ‘stache
The Sharpie-blocked ‘stache

This ‘stache is always a hilarious option, but if you don’t have hairy genes like Anil then opt for the more stylish Lakhan ‘stache.

The curly Lakhan ‘stache
The curly Lakhan ‘stache

During his masala film phase and pairings with actor Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor sported a longer and slightly more tapori moustache with overt curls at the ends.

The “24″ stubble ‘stache
The “24″ stubble ‘stache
2. Jackie Shroff
2. Jackie Shroff

Jackie’s ‘stache tended to be more thick and manly, which fit well with his brooding eyes and intense barking during the 80s. In his debut film, Hero, he rocked the unruly tapori beard, but he later groomed it to his signature style, which sports two almost symmetrical wings and occasionally, some untrimmed tufts.

Jackie’s strong masculine look made him the ideal choice for various cigarette and perfume brands, which make for a hilarious look at his suave ‘staches.

jackie
jackie
3. Ranveer Singh
3. Ranveer Singh

I’m a sucker for a good ‘stache that features all the bells and whistles. Certainly, Ranveer Singh shows us different gravity-defying looks every time he steps out. While he’s grown his moustache for the upcoming film, Ram-Leela, here’s hoping he sticks to the facial fuzz since he knows how to have fun with it and is clearly trimming and shaping it.

His proudest achievement
His proudest achievement
The Pied Piper ‘stache
The Pied Piper ‘stache
The “You talkin’ to me?” ‘stache
The “You talkin’ to me?” ‘stache
4. Raj Kapoor
4. Raj Kapoor

If you want to go for sheer simplicity or you’re having trouble growing your moustache, opt for a ‘Raju the Tramp’ special. Raj Kapoor’s ‘stache often ranged from the urbane, barely-there line in Aag (1948) to the cutesy symmetrical wings in Shree 420 (1955). While Raj was influenced by Charlie Chaplin, he thankfully didn’t gravitate towards Chaplin’s ‘stache too, and ended up with smaller one that completely worked with his bumpkin persona.

The triangular shaded ‘stache to bring out your green/hazel eyes
The triangular shaded ‘stache to bring out your green/hazel eyes
The cutie patootie ‘stache
The cutie patootie ‘stache
Honourable Mention: The glorious beefcake ‘stache
Honourable Mention: The glorious beefcake ‘stache

If you need a more American example of how to grow the classic ‘stache, look no further than Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. If you recreate Selleck’s thick and bushy moustache, remember to use a goofy smirk or laugh underneath to help you get away with your shenanigans.

Honourable Mention: You can’t sit here with the M&M club!
Honourable Mention: You can’t sit here with the M&M club!

For a more regional example of the classic stache, look no further than my utmost favourite pair, M&M or Mammooty and Mohanlal. These two screen titans of South Indian cinema are best friends and co-actors in countless films, but I’m forever marvelling at how well-maintained their ‘staches are. The thick symmetrical wings and trimmed shape makes this more of an effort to maintain, but if you need a signature for the next 40 years, then you’re alright with this look!

The “Ain’t Nobody Gon’ F*** with Us” ‘stache team
The “Ain’t Nobody Gon’ F*** with Us” ‘stache team

 

We hope you enjoyed this rundown of moustache aesthetics and tips from some of our favourite moustachioed Indian actors. Remember to donate to Movember and raise awareness for men’s health and fighting prostate cancer.

 

Story By: Rumnique Nannar