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Who’s your favourite? Music director A.R. Rahman is the most-sought after celebrity face
Who’s your favourite? Music director A.R. Rahman is the most-sought after celebrity face

Facial search on a matrimonial site means you might just find your own A.R. Rahman or Priyanka Chopra for a life partner

Are you single and hoping to come across someone who resembles your childhood crush? Do you secretly admire your neighbour’s daughter, who is happily married with a successful husband and a kid? Or have you lost sleep over Aishwarya’s marriage with Abhishek Bachchan? Well, what’s over cannot be changed. But all’s not lost. There is a chance to retrieve what we have lost. Upload the photograph of the person whose face you secretly admire or the photo of your long-awaited dream person and the Facial Search will lead you to profiles of members with resembling facial characteristics. One of the matrimony sites that allows you to do that is Bharatmatrimony.

Ideal partner

“I wanted to meet someone with Nargis’s smile. So I uploaded a smiling face of the yesteryear actress. I have a few options sent by the site and I am on the job to say yes to one of the persons,” says Kalandar Sheikh, a software programmer. Kalandar adds: “Sadly one of the girls rejected me because she wants her ideal partner to resemble actor Surya. Thankfully, the other two have not specified anything like that.”

The state-of-the-art face recognition technology works on the dimensions of a face, measures distances between the features, and matches it with photos uploaded in the marriage portal. Interestingly, besides the existing profiles many have even uploaded pictures of celebrities. They have also recorded the most sought after celebrity face in men and women. And the most sought after faces range from actors, sports stars to politicians. King Khan might be a heart-throb but in the search list it’s Irrfan Khan who is much ahead of SRK. “SRK lacks Irrfan’s intelligence in his looks,” says Rachael, a graphic designer.

And “Slumdog Millionaire” didn’t just win A.R. Rahman the Oscars, his face now tops the face-match list in the female search category.

This is not all. The list has demands to find the closest match of Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman and Dilip Kumar’s features.

Murugavel Janakiraman, founder and CEO, Consim Info, says: “History has shown that a face can launch a thousand ships; and we have taken that insight to launch the Facial Search on the marriage portal. Now, our members can find a potential partner based on their preferences for facial appearance. Not surprisingly, many members are using this to search for celebrity look-alikes.”

“Rahman is cute and his body language appears as that of a very humble person. If I find anyone a little close to his looks I will be very happy,” says S. Madhuri, a Ph.D. scholar.

The site has a hit record for Rahman’s facematch and some of the girls are even ready to overlook caste and religion for a face that matches Rahman’s. Image consultant Prateek Shah is crazy about Vidya Balan that he has pictures of his shot with her. “I look good next to her, but I am younger than Vidya so the next best option would be a girl who closely resembles her.”

Most searched faces

Nargis, Bipasha Basu, Vidya Balan, Asin, Priyanka Chopra and Ashwarya Rai.

A.R. Rahman, Surya, Abhinav Bindra, Dhoni, Abhishekh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar

PRABALIKA M. BORAH

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