Ranveer Singh poses for a photograph.
Bollywood star Ranveer Singh is made of a different mettle. He is not hidebound by rules. On the Bear Grylls show this year, he ate maggots to find a flower for the love of his life, his wife Deepika.
Clearly, there is a wild side to this romantic maverick. And he knows how to grab the headlines.
His purchase of a Rs 119-crore mansion next to Shah Rukh Khan's residence "Mannat" occupied columns in the newspapers.
One of Bollywoodâ€™s most colourful actors has a spirited wildness to him, a kind of devil-may-care flamboyance that doesnâ€™t go unnoticed. Even his off-the-wall outfits grab eyeballs â€“ and criticism.
His gender-fluid fashion style has been slammed by the Cassandras. So he lashed out at them in his own no-holds-barred style.
In a new interview with Paper Magazine, 'Paper', an independent pop culture magazine published from New York, the 37-year-old actor made it clear that he doesnâ€™t care what people think about how he dresses.
â€œI work f***ing hard,â€ Singh told the magazine. â€œI want to wear nice sh*t. I will wear nice f***ing sh*t, according to the Independent.
â€œI bust my b***s, I work 20-hour days. Iâ€™m not complaining â€“ Iâ€™m only too happy and too grateful. I will f***ing buy Gucci, I will wear it from head to toe. Anybody who judges me can eat my f***ing a**.â€
He has been constantly judged for his attire.
One example of when he received plenty of negative comments about his style was when he was promoting his 2022 film â€˜Jayeshbhai Jordar.â€™
The actor donned unmatched and colourful outfits throughout the promo tour, which didnâ€™t go down well with a section of the Indian audience.
Well, he has gone one step further: in order to take the sting out of his criticsâ€™ tails, he posed completely in the buff for the cover of â€˜Paperâ€™ magazine.
He smashed the internet by posing for Ashish Shah of the magazine, flaunting his ubiquitous six-pack, muscles all toned, looking like a Greek deity.
Asked whether he felt nervous about getting naked for the cover, the Bajirao Mastani star said: â€œItâ€™s so easy for me to be physically naked.â€
â€œYou can see my f***ing soul. How naked is that? Thatâ€™s being actually naked. I can be naked in front of a thousand people, I donâ€™t give a sh*t. Itâ€™s just that they get uncomfortable.â€
He was only followingÂ model and actor Milind Soman, who did it first with Madhu Sapre,
Singhâ€™s nude photoshoot has attracted mixed reactions from his fans, with some appreciating him for being â€œcomfortable in his skinâ€, and others calling him out for â€œsetting a bad example for the younger generationâ€.
â€œIâ€™m sorry but I really didnâ€™t want to see naked Ranveer Singh,â€ one person wrote.
Another person added: â€œWtf did I just see????? Why is Ranveer Singh naked all over the internet??? His clothes werenâ€™t enough to torture the eyes???â€
One person wrote: â€œYâ€™all complained about Ranveer Singhâ€™s clothes. You deserve to see him without them now. This is all on YOU!
However, one supportive fan wrote: â€œHeâ€™s such a beautiful man, truly someone as secure with himself can do this.â€ â€œIâ€™m just so very fond of this man,â€ added another.