The beard is back with a bang!

By HT

New Delhi, May 7 -- We're well into summer and you'd expect the shortest of short crops on famous heads, but the big boys in Bollywood are going for, well, beards!

Actors John Abraham, Ranveer Singh, Saif Ali Khan, Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Anil Kapoor are among those who've picked the good ol' beard this season, bringing back the old-fashioned, raw appeal. And even Rahul Gandhi, the new-age style icon in Indian politics, has been sporting the bearded look for a while now.

"It's high time men went back to being men. The metrosexual, all-clean, groomed look is passe. Saif pulls off the beard the best as he personifies class, power and poise. This whole beard and moustache look also works well with Ranveer Singh's features, and Aditya Roy Kapoor looked very attractive in the bearded look in Aashiqui 2," says designer Nikhil Thampi.

Bollywood stylist Rick Roy