Birthday Special: Arjun Rampal's History of HOTNESS!
Ever since he proudly paraded his lean torso in the music video of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's remixed version of Kinna sona tainu by Bally Sagoo, Arjun Rampal's sex appeal remains undisputed. That was nearly two decades ago but the model-turned-actor continues to look as mesmeric as ever.
With his incredibly chiseled features, deep baritone and nimble elegance, Rampal is the kind glossies worship and pin-ups endorse.
He might not be exactly the best actors around but his suave looks and composed style make him a hit with the crowds in and outside the industry. The Jabalpur born, with one of the most stable celebrity marriages to supermodel Mehr Jessia (with whom he has two lovely daughters, Mahikaa and Myra) turns a fabulous 40 today.
Here's a chronicling the man's history of hotness.
The Cover Boy
If those abs, pack count notwithstanding, don't give the Khans, Kapoors and Kumars a run for their money, nothing will.
How come we don't see this avatar of Rampal so often on screen?
Image: Arjun Rampal
Although his first release was Rajiv Rai's most embarrassing effort at romance -- Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat, the film he originally signed up as his debut was the late cinematographer-turned-filmmaker's stylish Moksh, which came out a few months after.
The film tanked but AR looked his best ever.
Image: Arjun Rampal in Moksh
Alive and kickin'!
You know you have arrived when a perfume is launched after you.
Following the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal's turn came early this year with Alive, produced by Drom Fragrances International.
Whatever the smell, the star sure looks intensely hot in its striking print ads.
Image: Arjun Rampal in Alive ad
Rockstar since 1972!
Bollywood's Best Dressed!
Retro bad boy!
The actor channels the likes of Ranjeet in the 1970s with leather coats and thin moustache to recreate the over- the-top era of Hindi films to play a nasty mastermind in the body of a smooth-talking bloke in Farah Khan's reincarnation bonanza.
No wonder Deepika Padukone picks him over romance icon Shah Rukh Khan!
Image: Arjun Rampal in Om Shanti Om