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fashion Arya steers a casual course

On screen, Arya often looks like he got dressed in the dark. Can’t blame him. For that’s what his roles demand. Except for the sequences in which he breaks into dreamy dance numbers, he is seen in drab lungi-vest or mismatched shirt-trousers with sleeves shabbily folded at the elbow. But catch up with him when he switches to unwind mode, and the model-turned-actor morphs from dowdy to dapper.

What it means Style is like fingerprints. It’s unique to every individual. To me, it means a strong sense of self. Besides, there’s no style without comfort.

Screen style So far, there hasn’t been much to explore in terms of screen style. I’ve mostly played the roles of anti-socials and slum-dwellers. I even spoke their dialect. I’ve never fussed about what I wear on screen. What’s important is you must portray the character.

Shopping spots Though I was a model, I’m not into designer wear. I love mall-hopping instead. It’s not just for shopping, it’s therapeutic as well. I pick up lots of casual wear.

Personal style Basic. Less is more. It’s usually jeans teamed with a black or white shirt. Yes, they are my colours. Flashy clothes are not for me. I love to keep my look casual. I feel awkward in formal wear. I don’t want to wear some fashionable stuff and look like a mannequin - stiff, self-conscious and alien to myself. When clothes take over, you lose your identity.

Fitness That’s always been a priority. A flat tummy is important to make you look and feel good. I follow a workout regimen. When I’m shooting outdoors, jogging, cycling or swimming helps me stay fit.

t. krithika reddy


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