He’s an actor. So, it is a given that he dons many hats. But, he does so off-screen too. Zoran Saher was born in Mumbai, brought up in Muscat, and studied in New York, and so adaptability quickly found its way into his persona. And that reflects in the way he dresses up. One day he’s dressed casual and laid back, the other, he looks like he’ll be the life of a party. Yet, he has a signature style of his own. He likes to wear his brands, but he is just as much a person who appreciates simplicity. His clothes match his fast-paced life, his attitude – they can actually tell his story.
Zoran has experienced quick change in his life. He narrates, “After graduation, I went to The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute to study acting, following which I was working with the New York Indian Film Festival. I had met my professor from school, who was the Dean of Communications Department at that time. One day he came up and told me about the Festival and suggested I should join in. So, I got up and said, let’s do this. I went there as a viewer. But, when he introduced me to the Director of the Festival, within a few minutes, I was a volunteer there.” Post this, he was part of this festival for the next three years. Even in Mumbai, Zoran has never been too shy to let an opportunity pass, and you’ll never find him without a handful projects on his plate. He is primarily an actor, but he is also a voiceover artist, writer, blogger, and a creative and social entrepreneur. Equally intrigued by his style, we threw some questions at Zoran Saher, and here’s what he had to say, albeit, in spontaneity. Read on…
As an actor, you live through several wardrobe changes. How important is the external appearance in comparison to a person’s personality?
I think it’s extremely important – it’s vital to look good, think good and feel good. For me, these are three very important things to follow in life, which many people take too lightly. But, here’s the thing, it’s important to present yourself in a way that you want others to see you as. Because people frame an impression of you within the first 30 seconds of meeting.
If you’re in a field where how you look matters, then yes, your fashion sense will play a big role in where you stand amongst your peers. Personally, I think it’s easiest to look good when you concentrate on the simpler things rather than getting carried away by brands and labels.
Having said that, the external appearance alone doesn’t do much for anyone. A Dolce & Gabbana suit is certainly going to lose its charm if the person wearing it is rude, has a scathing personality or is a nitpicker. Good morals, good values, and good principles hold more value than we think it does.
From being a student to now an actor, how has your fashion sense changed?
Firstly, my wardrobe has changed in a big way. I was a good 30 kgs more than I am now. I think back then, food was like the be-all and end-all of my life. It still is (laughs). But, now I realise it’s more important to hit the gym before it’s too late.
Also, with changing times, everyone’s wardrobe changes, and so do our choices. What looked classy and appealing five years back, may not appeal as much today.
Are there elements in your wardrobe, which you don’t personally like but you’d still wear because you know it looks good on you?
Yes. In fact, there are a couple of bottoms like that. I’m not the biggest fan of the colour khaki. I like my blue denim, my black jeans, my basic black or white shirts. But, I’m getting accustomed to khaki because it does look smart. I can wear it to parties or even at an event that requires me to be a semi-formally dressed. Other times, though, my fashion sensibilities are more casual chic. I love jeans and shorts.
Tell us five things that will always be a part of your wardrobe?
My blue denim, my pair of white and black shirts, my belts, all my jackets, and my watches.
Three things in your wardrobe that need to be discarded right away?
A pair of denims that is loose for me now because I’ve lost weight. Then, there’s this grey shirt that I don’t wear anymore and it’s just lying in my cupboard. My Ed Hardy tee; it used to be in vogue once, but now, I wouldn’t want to be seen wearing it. So, I’d definitely give that away too.
If you had to spend a day with your idol (Shahrukh Khan, in your case), what would you wear?
Without a second thought, I’ll wear my black Zara jacket. It makes such a statement. I’ll add, a pair of black trousers and a good watch. He’s the brand ambassador of Tag Heuer, and I do have one of those, so definitely that.
You have to be dressed to the T every time. What’s your last minute fashion fix?
It could just be a simple change of shirt, depending on who you’re meeting. For me, last minute fixes are usually my hair. Or just adding a watch to complete an otherwise incomplete look. This may sound a little philosophical but, even if all fails, your smile, confidence and charm are going to be saviours.
Another little thing to understand is that more than how the world collectively sees it, fashion is what you make of it. So no matter what you’re wearing, as long as you’re confident in your skin, you’re going to look stylish.
You’re often spotted outdoors wearing sunglasses. Which is your favourite type?
I love classic aviators. But I also often stick to my wayfarers, since they go with most of my outfits.
Describe your style in one word.