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Ambi Parameswaran 



Ambi Parameswaran

Kabir Bedi in his highly readable autobiography, Stories I Must Tell, recounts how he got selected to play the role of Sandokan by the Italian producers. And how his beard played a critical part: “… were touring Asia to find a tall, athletic, preferably bearded actor to play the role of Sandokan… my name came up when they asked around…. It helped that I’d grown a beard for my first Bollywood hit… My beard was deemed ‘Lucky’ and became my trademark.” It probably helped that very few Bollywood actors sported a beard in the mid-1970s. Today it will be difficult to find one who is clean shaven when not in a “role”!

Not just Bollywood, even in cricket the beard has become a part of the “kit”. If you look at the World Cup winning team of 1983, only Syed Kirmani and Balwinder Sandhu had a beard. Check out the team today. But for a few, almost all of them sport a beard. Some interesting variants, too.

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First Published: Tue, May 11 2021. 21:11 IST

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