HOW MILLENNIALS THINK...
21-YEAR-OLD CRICKETER MAYANK DAGAR AND 19-YEAR-OLD RACE CAR DRIVER JEHAN DARUVALA SHOW US HOW THE YOUNG LIKE TO DRESS. AND WE GET INTO THEIR MINDS TO SEE HOW THEY THINK!
CRICKETER MAYANK DAGAR (21) AND MOTOR SPORTS RACER JEHAN DARUVALA (19) SHOW US WHAT A YOUNG MAN’S TASTE IN FASHION IS ALL ABOUT. PLUS! IN A JOCUND JOUST, THE BOYS FIELD QUESTIONS THAT ATTEMPT TO DECODE HOW MILLENNIALS THINK…
Do all millennials live their lives uninhibitedly on social media? Evidently, not all do. Our cricketing superstar today may have over a 100K followers on Instagram, but our 19-year-old racer, Jehan… well, he prefers a more reserved approach.
FIRST TIME FAMOUS
Jehan arrives ahead of schedule and sits quietly in a chair looking at himself in the mirror as make-up and hair artist Ashwin Shelar paints his youthful face. When he steps in front of photog Subi Samuel’s lens, he is nervous. “I haven’t done such a photo shoot before,” confesses Jehan, trying to keep a brave face (aren’t millennials to the camera born?).
Jehan’s social media posts from the racetrack, however, appear to tell a different story – of a boy who is anything but self-conscious. As a kid, his father, Khurshed, would take him to the go-karting track at Mumbai’s Powai area, where Jehan discovered his love for speed. By age 13, he was winning go-karting titles in Asia and Europe and was being billed as one of Sahara Force India’s rising motorsport drivers. Last year, he achieved several significant breakthroughs. Jehan and is all set to study finance at the London School of Economics later this year. When he became the first Indian driver to win a race at the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, in a video from that win posted on his Instagram, he is seen dancing atop his car, pumping his fists in the air, so giddy with his win, he does not even bother removing his helmet (for the world to see his happy face).
Back in the studio, face now visible to the camera, Jehan awkwardly kicks his legs in the air. Just when you think he’ll break under pressure, Mayank breezes in.
A student of English Honours, the good-natured and humble Mayank readily sheds his shirt. Jehan prefers to keep his on. Mayank shows off his tattoos, playfully photobombs Jehan, and, though he barely knows him, gives him tips on how to pose. Mayank is quick to remind his manager to Instagram videos from the shoot to his 1,00,000-plus followers. Jehan resists his manager’s attempts to make him more visible on social media.
Mayank is happy to be compared to Bollywood cutie Varun Dhawan and one of his mentors, Virat Kohli. “I’d be happier if people compare my game and fitness with Virat bhaiya.” He became team India’s secondhighest wicket-taker in the 2016 under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. He went on to make a first-class debut for Himachal Pradesh at the Ranji Trophy and was snapped up by Preity Zinta to be the Kings XI Punjab squad’s leftarm spinner.
“There’s nothing bad about being good-looking, so I’m happy about this comparison,” he grins. Jehan quickly rubs off his make-up.
Excerpts from the interview follow overleaf.
Cricketer Mayank Dagar (left) and motor sports racer Jehan Daruvala