No celebrity stylist was called in to give Abhishek Bachchan a crew cut for his role in Mani Ratnam’s film Raavan. It was the director himself who rolled up his sleeves, wielded scissors and snipped off Abhishek’s lovely locks on the first day of the film’s shoot in Kerala.
Abhishek, it’s being reported, owed a promise to Mani Ratnam since the days he filmed Yuva with him. Back then, Ratnam had wanted Abhishek to sport a crew cut but the actor had stuck with his long hair. He had, however, promised that one day he would allow Ratnam to cut his hair.
That day finally arrived with the beginning of Raavan’s shooting when Mani himself gave the hair cut to Abhishek. But it was more than an impulsive decision on the part of Ratnam. Nor did he want to hold Abhi true to his promise.
According to a source, “Abhi plays a ruffian Beera in the film. Naturally, his hair had to be short, rough, and void of any style.”
Perhaps that’s why Mani himself took the chance of snipping Abhi’s hair.