The Tur­ban Man’s tur­bocharged ca­reer

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ab­hi­nav Verma ab­hi­nav.verma@htlive.com

For sev­eral years now, Jaspreet Singh Jassi has been the go-to man for Bol­ly­wood when­ever a film has needed a Sikh char­ac­ter. Now 28, Jassi is the in­dus­try’s first ever tur­ban stylist.

What he does now started in­for­mally in his col­lege days, when fel­low stu­dents sought Jassi’s help. He al­ways nursed a Bol­ly­wood dream. “When I was young,” says Jassi, “ev­ery time I’d watch a Bol­ly­wood ac­tor play a Sikh char­ac­ter, I’d think, ‘Kash mu­jhe ye op­por­tu­nity mile, so that I can help them tie a good tur­ban.’”

And then he got his first break in 2008, in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, star­ring Shah Rukh Khan, when the film­mak­ers wanted a tur­ban stylist. The big­ger deal was the 2011 film Pa­tiala House, star­ring Ak­shay Ku­mar as a ‘cut-surd’, slang for a Sar­dar who has cut his hair (against the tenets of the re­li­gion), and Rishi Kapoor as his tur­baned Sikh father.

Pa­tiala House direc­tor Nikhil Ad­vani wanted to avoid the back­lash faced by the 2008 re­lease Singh is Kinng over the way Ak­shay’s char­ac­ter wore the Sikh tur­ban in that film. So, Ad­vani hired a tur­ban stylist for Rishi — and that stylist was Jassi.

About how the Sikh tur­ban is shown in films, Jassi says, “There’s a lack of knowl­edge in Bol­ly­wood. If you’re go­ing to show some­one wear­ing a tur­ban in a movie, it has to be done in a re­spect­ful man­ner. And this is where I come in.”

Clock­wise from above: Jaspreet Singh Jassi with Shah Rukh Khan; Ran­bir Kapoor in Rocket Singh, styled by Jassi; he also styled Kay Kay Menon, who played a Sikh in the war film The Ghazi At­tack

Jassi with Bo­man Irani, one of his favourite ac­tors

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