New Delhi: Can you recall Akshay Kumar's 'Jaanwar' or 'Sabse Bada Khiladi'? He sported moustache in those films, primarily to appear macho. He is doing the same in 'Rowdy Rathore'. And why only Akshay Kumar, most of the Hindi film actors find it easier to don a moustache rather than changing their mannerism to look ultra-male.
Actually, it's the easy way out, because acting is a secondary thing. Be it Salman Khan in 'Dabangg' or Ajay Devgn in 'Singham', moustache played a big role in establishing their authority as cops. Who cares if the cops don't wear their official dress!
However the audience has all the rights to wonder why one can't look 'macho' without moustache.
Here are some reasons.
Why should only Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff have all the fun?
Girls found Anil's hairy face so cool that 'Lamhe' became a flop, majorly because of the absence of his moustache. Jackie tried doing films without moustache and allegations of coming out of the closet started pouring in.
Aamir Khan also showcases moustache in 'Talaash' as per the demand of the role. One may wonder whether Amitabh Bachchan didn't need to flaunt moustache in 'Zanjeer', that too in early 70s.
Ranbir Kapoor does not lag behind. 'Rockstar' proved that he could act with a moustache. He is clean shaven in the first half while the second half shows him with moustache and beard when the character required to look intense.
So we can narrow down to the idea that a moustache brings intensity to a character.
New age filmmakers are more concerned about the 'feel' of their films and thus moustache seems all set to be back in vogue.
But what about the moustache's potential to transform an otherwise dull hero into a strong headed 'macho' guy?
Nobody can be sure about that as sometimes even Harish and Aftab try moustache.