Our favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez character Florentino Ariza (Love in the Time of Cholera) was not the only one to worry about losing hair and to try every potion and pomade in a futile battle against that great scourge of men everywhere – baldness.
Indians through the ages have done the same and when all else fails resort to wigs.
Here are some Indian personalities famous for their wigs:
Rajinikanth – This balding grandpa and Tamil movie superstar wears a wig when he acts with girls who are young enough to be his great-grand daughters. Like his Sivaji co-star Shriya Saran, for instance.
Raaj Kumar – The late Bollywood actor of Jaani fame was known to wear a wig.
Rajkumar – Kannada film star Rajkumar (1929-2006) used to wear a wig in some of his movies.
Rakesh Roshan – In his forgettable days as an actor, Rakesh Roshan (better known as father of Hrithik Roshan) used to wear a wig to cover up his premature baldness.
Dewang Mehta – The late Executive Director of the Indian software association Nasscom was never seen without his wig. Dewang was a great guy who did a lot to promote the Indian software industry in the early days (Nasscom’s present chief Som Mittal is also bald as a door-knob but he does not wear a wig).
MGR – The late Tamil film actor and politician wore a wig in many of his movies. In public, MGR was never seen without his fur cap in his later years.
Future Wig Wearers?
Salman Khan – Bollywood criminal Salman Khan is said to be losing his hair at an alarming rate.
Aamir Khan – Another Bollywood star who seems to be going bald pretty fast is Aamir Khan.
Are there any other Indian wig-wearers we’ve missed? Any women in the baldie-list? 😉
Sathyaraj – Tamil film hero and villain
Karthik (Mouna Ragam) – Tamil movie star
Amitabh Bachchan – Bollywood star
Rajesh Khanna – It’s likely that Bollywood romantic hero of the 1960s and 1970s Rajesh Khanna too used to wear a wig in his later years. Age and a receding hairline make no allowances, not even for erstwhile Bollywood superstars.
Bald but Non-Wigged
Satya Nadella – Microsoft CEO