With his out-of-the-box fashion choices, solid onscreen performances and his fit physique, it is small wonder why actor Ranveer Singh has been chosen as the Times Most Desirable Man of 2015.
The actor, whose last onscreen offering Bajirao Mastani swept off all the major Bollywood awards, sees this acknowledgement as something he totally deserves.
He recently told a leading daily about his new title, his fashion choices and about his idea of a desirable woman. Excerpts:
On what makes him desirable
"Whatever it is, it feels wonderful to be called that. The dictionary meaning of desirability is 'someone high on sex appeal'. In my case, iss baat mein koi sandeh nahin hai (there's no doubt about that). When I was launched in 2010, people told me that I wasn't the best looking guy, so I would have to act really well. Aditya Chopra had told me, 'You are not very good looking, so you have to act. I can't sell you on a poster to people; they have to watch you to like you.' I have grown up believing that when an individual excels at what he does, it makes him desirable. I am a living example that lack of conventional good looks shouldn't hinder you from being awesome".
On his fashion choices
"My fashion is edgy but it can be best described as an expression of who I am. I don't filter what I feel. If there is an obnoxious looking shirt that catches my fancy, I wear it. I do it fearlessly because I have liberated myself from the fear of judgement. I don't believe in playing it safe. I take extreme decisions and people have their views, but I do it for myself. It amuses me. I like colours and prints. Monotones bore the hell out of me. And I can't stand the fact that men get stuck between black, white and grey. My dressing depends on my mood and my feelings are definitive of my style".
On what makes a woman desirable
"As an actor, I am predisposed to people's energies and vibrations and I can pick it up instantly. If a woman has a good, genuine vibe I find her attractive. The physical aspect is the last thing on the list. For me, it is important that a woman has a sense of humour, is witty and can hold a conversation. And match me in repartee. I like women who enjoy music, movies and sports".
On who he considers to be the most desirable woman
Most desirable man ke paas, most desirable woman hi hogi. Samajhdaar ko ishara hi kaafi hai.Well, all I can say is... meri wali (The most desirable man will have the most desirable woman. You get the drift).
-- Quotes from Bombay Times