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GQ India

May- June 2021
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This February, football superstar Sunil Chhetri takes over our cover – a look into his journey to becoming one of the most iconic Indian sports stars. Plus, the sixth edition of the Most Influential Young Indians is here: Tastemakers, aged 40 and under, from various disciplines who are bold, creative and leading the change in the way we live. Put on your travel hats: We roundup places to go and things to do this summer. For the hypebeasts, our style pages put the focus on add-ons, including hacks to up your accessories game. Don’t miss: Our special interviews with Gully Boy fame Vijay Varma and OTT stars – Amit Sadh, Shreya Dhanwanthary and Soham Shah – who are on the rise. Last but not the least, we also take a look at Goa-based gin brands that are a must-try.

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English
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Conde Nast India Pvt. Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
soul food

One of the key lessons of the pandemic is the importance of family. Differences between members of a household that could have been papered over in the past, while each lived their own busy lives, are not possible anymore. With each of us spending all our time at home, issues can no longer be ignored but have to be resolved, space and power have to be negotiated equitably. This is a good thing. It has also renewed focus on the physical space called home, not as a means to grandstand but to derive personal pleasure, comfort and security. This issue’s Design Special aims to help guide this creative journey of decoration. I have also found relief in these most difficult times through music. Succour has come in many forms: from my…

1 min.
what’s your favourite corner in your home?

Ankur Phatak “MY BALCONY THAT’S FILLED WITH A LOT OF PLANTS. EVERY MORNING I SPEND A FEW QUIET MOMENTS THERE, TOUCHING THE FLOWERS, THE LEAVES, THEIR STEMS. IT’S A NICE, LIFE-AFFIRMING MOMENT FOR ME.” WHO: A film journalist who’s usually seen chasing headlines and dreading deadlines. WHAT: “The Insider”, page 14 HARSHVARDHAN RANE: “He has the sort of ruggedness reminiscent of old Bollywood heroes, something that has been missing from our screens.” Prakash Amritraj “WHERE I LOUNGE WITH MY PUP, JONAH, HAVE MY CHEAT MEALS AND WATCH MY FAVOURITE FILMS.” WHO: LA-based writer who loves breakfast foods 24/7. Twitter and Instagram at @prakashamritraj WHAT: “Listen To Your Gut”, page 38 INSTAGRAM FITSPIRATION: @etthehiphoppreacher. I was introduced to him in 2012 by my then trainer Andy Nasr.ET speaks to a part of me that prioritises drive, motivation and inspiration –…

6 min.
the insider

Harshvardhan Rane, who has acted in a string of Telugu films and three Hindi films, is, momentarily, grappling with a feeling that most actors dread: the fear of anonymity. While he started his career with the TV show, Left Right Left (2008), and then moved on to doing Telugu films, it was in 2016 that he made his Hindi debut with Sanam Teri Kasam. Post that, he appeared in films by directors as diverse as JP Dutta (Paltan, 2018) and Bejoy Nambiar (Taish, 2020) and yet, one can sense, he feels invisible in a vocation where visibility appears to be the biggest currency. Holed up in his Mumbai apartment, Rane, over a video call, says that his work, he fears, has perhaps gotten lost in the volley of content that has…

4 min.
the hero shot

Few things in literature remain as compelling to pick up as a movie star’s autobiography. Kabir Bedi’s memoir does everything you expect from a tell-all of this nature: Forgotten ground is retraced, with candour, as he talks about his “making, breaking and remaking”. But his book also offers a snapshot of the entertainment industry as it functioned at a global scale, before the internet took over. The original crossover star, Bedi cut a dashing figure on screen and stage for most of the second half of the 20th century. Along with being a consummate performer – Khoon Bhari Maang, Octopussy, The Bold And The Beautiful, Sandokan and many more – he’s lived a rich and colourful life, never quite following the norm. At 75, he’s reckoning with it all in his…

6 min.
the world is one canvas

“I’m broke now,” Bose Krishnamachari is laughing on our Zoom call from his home in Kerala. “I actually had to go back to Mumbai last month, in the middle of a hectic installation period, just to make and sell some artwork. Why? Because we had run out of funds.” Krishnamachari is referring to his latest coup d’état, Lokame Tharavadu (translating to “The World Is One Family”), a large-scale exhibition of contemporary art, featuring 267 Malayali artists from 15 countries, being showcased across six venues in Alappuzha and Ernakulam. The evening before we speak, Krishnamachari had presided over the opening party in rainy Alappuzha, a low-key affair compared to the lively Kochi-Muziris Biennale opening parties that the art world has grown used to. “But it’s open now,” he grins. Lokame Tharavadu – open…

3 min.
crack a cold one

Smooth Stock up on Simba’s Stout for its coffee-chocolate notes and roasted finish CARLSBERG Getting its smoothness from European barley, this mild beer’s signature is that it’s made with microbubbles – a ZerO₂ cap that takes the oxygen out, making the beer taste fresher. ₹190 Stout SIMBA Light bodied and low on the bitterness scale, the coffee-chocolate nuances and roasted texture make this a stout you’ll find yourself stocking up on. ₹175 Belgian Wheat WHITE RHINO BREWING CO. A small-batch, aromatic wheat, this Belgian-style beer is packed with Curacao orange peel and organic coriander, and is as refreshing as it sounds. ₹160 Light BIRA At only 80 calories a bottle, this is a great guilt-free beer if ever there was one. Chug on these through a long summer Sunday with gay abandon. ₹140 Spark WHITE OWL The Belgian Wit from this popular Mumbai brewery is easily a favourite, both…