Zayn Elle interview: “If you ever get a chance to watch a good Bollywood movie, watch Devdas!”
The self-assured global icon has a defining year ahead
Zayn grew up on a diet of Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, and will recommend Shah Rukh Khan’s Devdas (2002) to you, any chance he gets. “Before I can even remember… [Bollywood films were] on the TV,” he says. “Bollywood is so impeccable. If you ever get a chance to watch a good Bollywood movie, watch Devdas! Have you seen Devdas? It’s got Shah Rukh Khan in it. You know who Shah Rukh Khan is?” Thanks to one specific record-breaking selfie, the world knows he does.
Zayn and Khan met in November 2015 at the Asian Awards in London. Their selfie, posted to Khan’s Twitter, reportedly received the highest number of retweets of all time from an Indian account. “I personally wasn’t a huge fan until I met him. I realised how humble he is. Really showed a different side to him. He always came across as slightly arrogant in the movies to me, but when I met him in real life, he was so nice. He just completely changed my opinion of him.”
For now, Zayn’s gaze is trained on what lies ahead, with no time for what he calls “negative shit”—be it the rumours that mired his exit from 1D (that he no longer cared about his fans or making music), or the “macho world of male aggression” he had to deal with, as a cog in the machinations of pop, an aspect he addressed in his book, Zayn, (Penguin Random House, 2016).
Excerpted from the February 2018 issue of Elle India. To subscribe, click here.
All the photos from the Zayn Elle Interview
Cotton shirt, jeans, leather and shearling jacket, leather shoes; all prices on request, Alexander McQueen. Stone rings, prices on request, Foundwell
Knit top, wool pants; both prices on request, Prada. Leather shoes, price on request, Giorgio Armani. Stone rings, prices on request, Foundwell
Cotton poplin shirt, price on request, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Jeans, denim jacket; both prices on request, Valentino. Leather shoes, price on request, Paul Andrew. Stone rings, prices on request, Foundwell.
Cotton T-shirt, Rajesh Pratap Singh. Jeans, price on request, John Elliott. Leather jacket, leather belt; both price on request, Tom Ford. Leather shoes, price on request, Dolce&Gabbana. Stone rings, price on request, Foundwell.
Silk kurta, price on request, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna. Jeans, price on request, Givenchy. Leather coat, price on request, Versace. Stone rings, price on request, Foundwell.
Cable knit sweater, price on request, Hilfiger Collection.
Linen T-shirt, price on request, Balmain. Jeans, price on request, John Elliott. Corduroy and leather jacket, price on request, Rajesh Pratap Singh. Suede shoes, price on request, Paul Andrew.
Photos: Ricardo Abrahao
Fashion Editor: Rahul Vijay
Styling: Jason Rembert
Hair and make-up: Larry King/ Streeters
Tattoos: Megan Massacre/ Studio Grit N Glory
Production: Isabel Scharenberg
Assisted by: Divya Gursahani, Kirsten McGovern and Maurice Diallo (styling)
Location: Lotte New York Palace, New York