Kick-starting 2017 with panache, the undisputed next generation superstar of Bollywood and Indian cinema’s most inimitable actor – RANVEER SINGH – has become the first Indian male celebrity to grace the cover of Esquire Middle East Magazine, the leading men’s magazine in the Middle East.
Ranveer Singh was the first-choice for the cover of the magazine’s first 2017 issue, thus joining / now joining / de facto joining a league of international personalities that include Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, George Clooney, Michael Fassbender and even Donald Trump.
The only bankable star of his generation, Ranveer Singh has established his position as one of India’s most reputed actors in less than a decade, garnering both critical acclaim for standout performances in films such as his debut Band Bajaa Baaraat to the magnum opus Bajirao Mastaani, whilst simultaneously cultivating a truly global mass fan following.
Ranveer’s sustained appeal is further established by the clean sweep he has made of mainstream film awards in India and internationally. From the prestigious Filmfare Award to the Guild & Screen Awards, Ranveer has won all top honours in India. While simultaneously opening 2017 with an audacious bang with the cover feature, Ranveer also managed to end 2016 on a high when he was presented with the coveted International Man of the Year award at Esquire Middle East’s flagship Man At His Best Awards – another first for Bollywood!
Chutzpah defines him, which is why the credible Indian news brand NDTV has declared him ‘Entertainer of the Year.’ But beyond cinema, Ranveer’s naturally flamboyant personality reveals itself in his personal style. Undoubtedly, he is India’s number one male Style Icon, the only one that matters to experimental designers and creative minds in the world of fashion. Someone who can sport dhoti pants, floral suits, bizarre studded shoes and quirky head gear with élan, his status as THE ultimate male Style Icon has made him a natural choice for several Best Dressed honours and an immediate brand fit for Esquire.
Speaking about why Ranveer Singh was the first-choice in featuring a Bollywood actor on the cover of Esquire Middle East magazines’ first issue of 2017, Jeremy Lawrence, Editor in Chief, Esquire Middle East says: “Ranveer Singh is one of the most versatile actors in the film industry and has a unique boldness and energetic persona.
What he has achieved in such a short space of time, in and for cinema, is an incredible feat. He is a solid pillar in Bollywood, towering into the global landscape, which is why we knew he would be perfect for both the International Man of the Year award and our cover feature.
His style, his talent and aspiration are on par with Esquire’s brand philosophy and we loved working with him on our January 2017 Esquire Middle East cover shoot.”
Ranveer Singh says: “I am a “work in progress” man and believe the best in me is yet to come. However, the journey so far has been humbling and enriching and I cannot thank my fans and well-wishers enough for their continued support and faith.
Esquire Middle East Magazine is my first international cover feature and I am honoured to be associated with such an esteemed and iconic brand as Esquire.”
Ranveer Singh is currently shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’, alongside Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor. The film is scheduled to be released in December 2017.