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Peculiar Habits of Bollywood Stars

Discover the quirky side of Bollywood icons, from a fascination for denim to numerology quirks and meticulous hygiene rituals

24 Feb '24
5 min read


Step into the enchanting world of Bollywood, where the dazzling lights of fame cast shadows on the quirks and idiosyncrasies that define its beloved stars. Beyond the cinematic performances and larger-than-life narratives, the off-screen peculiarities add unique hues to the personalities of our Bollywood actors. 

Let’s delve into those intriguing and often amusing idiosyncrasies, making these stars captivating not just in their reel portrayals but in the mosaic of their everyday existence.

Shah Rukh Khan: The denim nerd

Shah Rukh Khan, the Badshah of Bollywood stands out not just for his on-screen charisma but for his quirky off-screen habits. A denim aficionado, SRK not only follows the latest trends but has dedicated a room in his home as his denim haven, showcasing his vast collection. Beyond denim, Khan's eccentricities extend to an unusual attachment to socks – they must feel right, or he won't hesitate to take them off, even if it means missing a flight. “I won’t wear nylon socks with sneakers. The only time I get disturbed during shooting is over my socks. You can’t give me brown socks. I hate different-coloured socks,” he mentioned in the interview. 

The Badshah's obsession with footwear goes beyond socks; he openly admits to rarely taking off his shoes, sometimes even sleeping with them on. In interviews, Shah Rukh Khan openly discussed his unusual attachment to shoes, revealing that he stays connected to them until bedtime and occasionally even sleeps with his cherished footwear on. He even likes to lavish cologne on himself before his sleep. 

But Khan's peculiarities don't stop there. He has a pre-film ritual where he doe a bath routine before each movie release. Indulging in bath-salt dips, he finds them deeply satisfying. Khan confessed to dedicating a generous two-and-a-half hours to this cleansing routine, effectively rinsing himself off work.

Amitabh Bachchan: Time, Trends, and Two Watches

Amitabh Bachchan, the megastar of Bollywood, not only commands attention with his towering presence but also with his unusual habits. Bachchan has a penchant for collecting wristwatches, often sporting two on his wrists, especially when his family is travelling. 

Pic courtesy: India TV News

This eccentricity has its roots in a practical need to keep track of different time zones, a trend initiated by his wife, Jaya Bachchan as pointed out by Abhishek Bachchan, his son. “The trend of wearing two watches was started by my mom. Since I used to stay in boarding in Europe, she used to wear two watches to know the time of both the places. Later on even dad followed her style to be aware of both the time zones. They used to talk to me according to the time in Europe. And this is the main reason for wearing two watches, but dad also made it a fashion now with the upcoming movie,” pointed out his son. 

Salman Khan: The Sultan of Soaps and Mulmul

Salman Khan, the Bhaijaan of Bollywood has a fascination for soaps. His bathroom boasts an impressive collection of herbal soaps, with a preference for those infused with natural fruit and vegetable extracts. It’s a fragrant yet luxurious affair. 

Instead of a traditional handkerchief, Salman prefers the soft touch of a mulmul cloth, a fine cotton muslin piece from India. 

Ranbir Kapoor: Summing numbers 

Whenever Ranbir takes a seat in a car, he habitually adds up the numbers on nearby vehicle number plates. For instance, if he spots a white vehicle with the number 1 before an important meeting, he believes it's a sign of success for the impending encounter.

Upon spotting a red mail van on the road, Ranbir Kapoor engages in a peculiar ritual – he makes a wish, crosses his fingers, and maintains silence until three black cars pass by. Should anyone attempt to strike up a conversation, Ranbir remains unresponsive, occasionally resorting to pretending he's asleep.

Saif Ali Khan: Luxury in the loo

Saif Ali Khan, the Nawab of Pataudi, is known for his refined tastes in art, literature and history, that extend to his bathroom. Intrigued? Khan’s bathroom isn't just a functional space; it's his personal retreat, boasting a curated library that turns ordinary moments into opportunities for leisure reading. This Bollywood royal ensures that he indulges in something new daily, turning his bathroom into a haven for literary escapades.

Pic courtesy: ANI

Sunny Leone: foot focus 

Sunny Leone surprised her crew members on the set of Jism 2 with a peculiar habit—washing her feet every 20 minutes. Leone's obsession with foot cleanliness may seem unusual, but in the world of showbiz, eccentricities often take centre stage.

Ayushman Khurana: Taking hygiene seriously

Ayushmann Khurrana, known for his infectious smile, takes personal hygiene to another level. Revealing in an interview, he brushes his teeth an astonishing 7 to 8 times daily and even keeps his dental kit with him, ensuring his pearly whites are camera-ready. This commitment extends to his hands, as he washes them multiple times a day, maintaining cleanliness and tidy nails.

Aamir Khan: The unconventional ablutions

Aamir Khan, the perfectionist of Bollywood, throws a curveball with his unorthodox approach to personal hygiene. According to media reports, his ex-wife Kiran Rao revealed that the perfectionist does not like to shower regularly. 

Kishore Kumar: The tree whisperer

In the world of playback singing, Kishore Kumar remains an immortal legend. However, the man behind the soulful voice had quite a lonely side to him. Kishore Kumar, in a 1985 interview, revealed that he considered trees his closest friends and even preferred them over humans. 

A self-proclaimed loner, Kishore Kumar would crack jokes with his leafy companions, showcasing a unique connection with nature that set him apart from his contemporaries.


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Written by Madhuwanti Saha

Writer, Journalist , Photographer