Adhuna Bhabani: BBLUNT and everything in between

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Adhuna Bhabani, the lady with impeccable style and the owner of beauty salon franchisee BBLUNT is a celebrity hair stylist and a mainstream presence in Bollywood. Better known as Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar after her marriage to now divorced husband Farhan Akhtar, Adhuna is one of those fiercely independent, free- spirited woman who has made it big on her own.

ADHUNA BHABANI BIOGRAPHY

Born to Dr Ashish Bhabani and Ann on 30th March, 1967, Adhuna spent her childhood in Liverpool, England. The fascination for hairstyling took root in her psyche during her formative years itself, as Adhuna used to frequent a salon in the UK with her mother. Ann had always been particular about how her daughter Adhuna Bhabani kept her hair. That, as also something about the ambience of that place, propelled Adhuna into the then unheralded world of hair styling.

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Enrolling for a training course at a salon in Northwest England by the name of Worthington Hair, Adhuna further got immersed in the world of hair styling when she won the under-21 national junior hairstyling championship at the young age of 16.

ADHUNA BHABANI PERSONAL LIFE

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Adhuna had been married to Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar since 2000 and the couple has two daughters Shakya and Akira. However, they divorced in 2016 but continues to be good friends even now. Bhabani has known Farhan since the time he was still writing the script for Dil Chahta Hai and she applauds him as the ‘Father of my children is a good human being”.

Bhabani seems to have moved on from her broken marriage since then and as per buzz in the media is reportedly dating Nicolo Morea, brother of model and Bollywood actor Dino Morea. A restaurateur and the co-owner of Crepe Station Cafe and Safron Bay in Mumbai, Nicolo features often in Bhabani’s Instagram stories and the hair stylist even referred to her new lover as ‘being a patient one’ in a poem that she shared on the occasion of her 50th birthday.

Interestingly, Farhan often comments on his ex- wife’s Instagram posts and the two seems to share a really cordial relation. Even Akhtar seems to have moved on now and is rumoured to be dating VJ Shibani Dandekar.

ADHUNA BHABANI CAREER

Adhuna began her career by launching her salon Juice in 1998 with brother and business partner Osh Bhabani, which later came to be known by its now famous name BBLUNT. Debuting in Bollywood with Dil Chahta Hai in 2001, Bhabani has gone on to work in Bombay Boys (1998) as additional make up artist, while going on to work as hair designer in Lakshya (2004), Don (2006), The Crazy Four (2008), Look Again and Again (2016) and more recently in Friend’s Wedding.

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One of the front runners among the hairstylists in Bollywood, Adhuna Bhabani set her foot into the world of hair styles at a time when it was only at a nascent stage. But Dil Chahta Hai proved to be a turning point in her career, like it has been in several other spheres. And while Bhabani does want to explore several other realms like those of travel, sketch and sports , she believes that she will always be attached to hair stuff professionally.

With 20+ salons spread across India and the UAE, BBLUNT has been the recepient of numerous awards:

  • Best Salon Award And Men’s Grooming and haircare award by popular choice
  • 27th DuPont Awards For Packaging Innovation
  • Vogue Beauty Awards 2016 for The Best of Haircare and Hairstyling
  • Harper’s Bazaar Awards for Best Curl Definer
  • Amazon Beauty Awards 2016

Outlook Business’ ‘Women of Worth’ list included Adhuna Bhabani among the noteworthy women entrepreneurs in its special issue, and has also been among one of the inspirational women finding mention in the Forbes India W- Power Trailblazers 2018.

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Adhuna also features in the first India-based hair styling and makeover series Be Blunt aired on TLC, and has also been a part of the 3rd season of The creative Indians series on online streaming platform Netflix.

OTHER INITIATIVES

Adhuna Bhabani has also been associated with a Mumbai based charity, namely the Magic Bus foundation to raise funds for impoverished children and youngsters in India. With more than 3.75 lakh children and 10,000 young people living in poverty across 22 States of India under its fold, Magic Bus facilitates the journey from Childhood to Adulthood to help young people break out of the vicious cycle of poverty.

As a pro- active believer of the strength encompassed by girl power, Bhabani’s BBLUNT had sponsored the OD Squad football team in the Roots Premier League which went on to win the Women’s Amateur League held in Bandra, Mumbai.

Free spirited and independent, Adhuna Bhabani is the perfect epitome of the modern helluva Indian women!

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