Hailing from a conservative traditional family, Freddy Daruwala enrolled himself for Masters in Business Administration to please his family though he had always nurtured a dream of making it big in the world of modelling. The Surat native held onto this dream and tentatively embarked on his journey with few modeling assignments and a NIFT showing in and around the city. In 2007, he participated in and won First Runners Up of Haywards Mr. India World, moved his base to Mumbai to make a serious attempt at modeling and destiny took over.
He soon landed the Nivea 4 Men campaign and his career grew in leaps and bounds with campaigns for Raymonds, Reliance, Liberty, Tic Tac and Man-Force in addition to walking for all of the leading designers. Freddy, who regards health and fitness guru Mickey Mehta as his guide, mentioned he wants to tip the scales at 85kg—though his melting brown eyes and lean physique have already made him the preferred choice in fashion circles! 'I cannot say I felt this instinctive aptitude for modeling. I JUST wanted to be a model all of my life. That said, I always want to be the best at whatever I do,' he grins.
Freddy has an effortless elegance, in the way he both moves and dresses. 'True style comes from within you,' he says and not 'from any particular trend in clothing or accessories.' His signature look is casual and laid-back—T-shirts, shorts and 41 pairs of in-your-face shoes he considers an essential part of his style statement! A passionate bike and car lover, which he shrugs off as 'the typical Parsi in me', he dreams of owning a garage filled with bikes and vintage cars! Well, he just kick-started this expensive hobby by gifting himself a Honda CBR900RR.
He has other plans too with his sights firmly set on an acting career in television or films! Freddy Daruwala is preparing for a digression in his career with focused vision backed up by hard work and is once again welcoming destiny’s hand secure in his belief: 'you never know where life will take you.' PS Daruwala broke a million hearts when he tied the knot with long-term sweetheart Crystal Variava!
— FARAH PALIA FOR EXPLOSIVE FASHION
Photographs — LAKME FASHION WEEK