Did you know that one of the world's favourite cocktail The Godfather, is believed to be inspired from Marlon Brando? Art and whisky have a long history together. Join the discussion as we reward bragging rights to the most dashing actor with a whisky glass.

Top of my list.

1)Sanjay Dutt - He has been the godfather actor in terms of drinking in Bollywood. He is a lover of whisky & drinks only whisky no other alcohol.

2)Salman Khan - another whisky lover daring actor.

3)Ajay Devgan - A great actor & great whisky lover

4)Rishi Kapoor - Entire Kapoor family are whisky lover 

Many other actors - Jackie Shroff , Sanjay Kapoor , Anil Kapoor & Sharukh Khan.

Hollywood actors - Johnny Deep , Keanu Reaves , Jason Statham , Vin Diesel.

We all have a favorite movie actor. There are, however, few who can carry themselves with class with a glass in their hands.  According to me, one actor who can portray himself with a whiskey glass on screen and in public is Akshay Kumar. He looks dashing with a shiny whiskey glass in many movies and advertisements. His masculine personality and charming smile compliment this smooth drink. I don't think there is anybody who can do it better than Akshay Kumar.

I have particularly categorized Hollywood and Bollywood stars with a whiskey glass. An actor always has an impact on his fans, even in the case of whiskey. There are also sports legends who look dashing like David Beckham and Ronaldo.

Hollywood actors – Yes they are fond of single malt whiskey. Some fine examples are George Clooney, Leonardo di Caprio, Gerard Butler, Johny Depp, Daniel Craig and Tom Cruise.

Bollywood actors – Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Salman Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Aamir Khan are some names who could easily pull of a glass of whiskey with the class that it requires.

A glass of whiskey personifies a strong and masculine personality. Two actors who could, in my opinion, look dashing with a glass of whiskey in their hands are Amitabh Bachchan and Jackie Shroff. Their rugged features, intense eyes, and a macho persona perfectly blend with a magical glass of whiskey. Both Amitabh Bachchan and Jackie Shroff will be the ideal choice for endorsing a whiskey brand.     

Johnny Depp tops this list! According to a recent article, he spends $30,000 a month on whiskey and even wants to be placed in a ‘Whiskey cask’ at his funeral so that his fans can drink from it. The other names in the list are Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, and Sanjay Dutt. These actors are very famous drinkers in Bollywood. Some other names would include Randeep Hooda, who even named his horse after this famous whiskey brand, i.e., Johnnie Walker, and the Grammy award-winning singer, Lady Gaga, who is said to tinkle the ivories with a glass of Jameson’s Irish whiskey close at hand.

When we talk about movie stars drinking whiskey on-screen, the first name that comes to my mind is that of James Bond. In particular, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have been
quite an example in the way of enjoying their drinks. Be it movies like The World is Not Enough or Golden Eye, you can see Bond pouring whiskey in his glass and adding a few ice
cubes. Though there are plenty of actors in Hollywood and Bollywood out there who have been shown having a whiskey on-screen, there is no one who can come remotely close to
Bond’s portrayal of a dashing actor with a whiskey glass in hand.

When we talk about movie stars drinking whiskey on-screen, the first name that comes to my mind is that of James Bond. In particular, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have been
quite an example in the way of enjoying their drinks. Be it movies like The World is Not Enough or Golden Eye, you can see Bond pouring whiskey in his glass and adding a few ice
cubes. Though there are plenty of actors in Hollywood and Bollywood out there who have been shown having a whiskey on-screen, there is no one who can come remotely close to
Bond’s portrayal of a dashing actor with a whiskey glass in hand.

So many actors have come over the years, who have held a glass of whiskey and played amazing roles throughout Bollywood and Hollywood. To name a few, I like Gabriel Macht (Suites -TV Series) and Daniel Craig (James Bond). I love the way the actors sip their whiskey and deliver dialogues.

There are many actors who can be spotted with a glass of whiskey, but few stand out among them. In the mid- 1970s there was a famous American actor called Clark Gable who is also known for his love for whiskey who used to substitute his non-alcoholic drinks with whiskey on the sets. Well in the present day, there are many actors who show their love towards whiskey, but they are not allowed to have it on the sets as it can ruin the complete movie. There are other celebrities like David Beckham who is a former professional footballer who is also seen sipping a glass of whiskey regularly. 

The most dashing actor I have seen with a whisky glass has got to be the dashing Sean Connery. James Campbell once commented about Connery “I suppose he could be compared to a fine single malt – sophisticated, full of flavour, very rich and distinctly Scottish. I'm not sure if whiskey is his favourite, but I'm sure girls will find him as hot as the whiskey itself." And as expected, it goes well with his James Bond image. That is why he is seen sponsoring some of the greatest whiskey brands. Whiskey lovers must have enjoyed seeing him in the movie and maybe dreamt of something similar. And maybe this is the reason I tried some old Japanese whiskeys after seeing Connery in the movie. 

The Indian cinema has a host of macho actors from Dharmendra, ShatrughanSinha to HrithikRoshan. But I am a fan of our very own original macho iron man, Dharmendra. He is one dashing guy with a glass of whiskey in hands and looks so fantastic when he raises a toast in the popular Bagpiper advertisement. I have watched him do so on television so often that even as a kid I fell in love with the idea of whiskey and have always wanted to raise the toast with a glass in hand, same as him. I still keep raising the toast in the same fashion

David Beckham: The football star is a great fan and is the face of Haig Club Grain Whisky.

Randeep Hooda: In the past, he has opened up and shared ideas about his preferred ways of consuming the alcoholic beverage.

Prince Charles: Well, he has promoted Laphroaig his Royal Warrant since he is a fan of it. When it comes to whiskey, age doesn't matter!

 

Kapoor: They were the first Indian family to be a fan of whiskey. Rishi Kapoor had even tweeted saying he was worried that Johnny Walker might soon end its production.

Ranveer Singh: Already a youth icon for many young Indians, he promotes Royal Stag in India.

Sure enough there is something very intriguing about an actor and a glass of whiskey. The glass makes the actor more dapper and vice versa! Of all the films I have watched or the ADs featuring actors and whiskey, Saif Ali Khan remains my favourite. No doubt dashing dudes like Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan look irresistible with their black tuxedos and whiskey glasses but maybe there is something about the royal blood in Saif that makes him top this list. I like the way he holds his glass and speaks so sophisticatedly. He still looks so sober with his drink!
 

Holding a drink is more about the class, the glass itself adds glamour but the style of holding the glass defines the persona. The one man who looks the best with the glass for me would be SRK.. He can carry the image of being drunk (devdas) and being classy (as in K3G). The guy has class that makes it look glamorous. The style is more about the way in his the MAN holds it, and no better than a SRK wearing a black suit and hosting it with the finesse. I have seen a few pictures of him holding it on the rocks, and that.. Rocks completely!

Holding a glass of whiskey can add finesse to a man’s personality. Don’t you agree? Just imagine what wonders it can do when it comes together with an already charming and dashing personality? The fireworks of this deadly combination had been showcased several times on screen in many movies and advertisements. Personally, my favourites in this combination include the evergreen James Bond, who hold his glass better than anybody else!

If we talk about a Bollywood actor who looks absolutely dashing with his glass of whiskey, I would bank upon Arjun Rampal. There is raw, fiery aura about him that goes well with the smoothness of the whiskey. His masculine body, his chiseled features, and his flooring personality work wonders with the right camera angles and light work. The roughness in his voice also sounds great with the golden liquid in his hands. When he holds a glass of whiskey on screen, there is nothing more sizzling! Some other names who look dashing with a glass of whiskey in my opinion would be the legendary Amitabh Bachhan, Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Kabir Bedi, and the royal Saif Ali Khan.

The most dashing actor in my opinion to have ever held a glass of whisky in hindi films has to be none other than the Badshah of Bollywood, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan! Be it his signature confrontations with god after being rejected by the harsh realities of life, or a display of his hero-like godliness in front of the villains or his lady, no one can do whisky quite like Mr. Bachchan. My favorite scene will always be the song from the original Don, where he can’t keep his hands off whisky, apparently, so can’t the sultry original item girl of Bollywood, Helen!

Even though film actors rarely promote Whisky, we have seen several Hollywood stars showing their love for the product.

David Beckham has established a partnership with Diageo to launch the Haig Club whisky brand. He had earlier acted in an advertising campaign including a TV commercial.

Frank Sinatra had promoted Jack Daniel's during 1950s to the early 1990s.

Winston Churchill used to love having Whisky and soda at 11 AM.

John Wayne is a promoter of the Duke brand.

 Hollywood actress Ava Gardner is well-known for her love for whisky.

Hilary Clinton is a big fan of Canadian whisky.

Legenday writer, Mark Twain, also happens to be a whisky enthusiast!

You can think of Bill Murray in Lost in translation sitting by the bar alone and then later accompanied by the evergreen Scarlett Johansson. 

The award for the most dashing actor to have endorsed the ever-so familiar peg of whiskey or the infamous ‘daaru ki bottle’ has to be a tie between the Badshah - Amitabh Bachchan or Shahrukh Khan aka King Khan!

While Amitabh Bachchan is mostly seen clasping his drink in overly and much- exaggerated signature old-timey Bollywood emotional scenes, usually involving an eye-opening revelation, break up and/or a confrontation with god post the drinking session, Shahrukh has carved a niche for himself more as that mysterious, classy and suave man who appreciates his fine drink and knows how to hold his glass like a well-bred gentleman, thanks to Farhan Akhtar’s Don series. 

Quite contrary to retro Bollywood scenes where a glass of whisky was mostly meant for the dirty rapist aKa scheming villain, the misunderstood hero aka the rescuer of many and the devastated heroine aka the good girl gone bad, I feel modern day films don’t depict them in shades of amorality.

It’s more like something you would do when you get together to have a real meaningful conversation, you know as good, decent grown-ups do, with minimal drama involved; like Ranbir Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor trying to work out their romantic issues at hand over a drink of Johnnie Walker Black Label in Bachna Ae Haseeno. 

I personally do not feel that Bollywood has done much justice to whisky

ever. Sure there are some rare gems out there, but then again, they

are rare!

 

From the time that I remember, a glass of whisky would either be in the

hands of a villain who is unveiling his mega plan to take down the hero,

or the hero drinking away his sorrows, or maybe a hot actress trying to

seduce someone.

I’ll not go with the usual Shahrukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan here.

This one is about one of my favorite and of course, bollywood’s finest

actor, Akshay Kumar!

Scenes of Akshay drinking whisky should come as no surprise as this

drink suited his image more than anything else during the 90s when he

was the quintessential ‘Khiladi’ of the Indian filmdom!

Although those scenes would mostly portray him in a negative, serious

or romantic shade, there’s this one scene from Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

where Salman Khan catches Akshay drinking whisky; this totally

changes how Bollywood portrays alcohol. Those two minutes are

probably some of the funniest moments in the whole film.

The other gem comes from the more recent Rustom. There’s this

scene where Akshay Kumar’s character realizes that his wife is having

an affair. Well, a man in uniform, especially when he is Akshay, has to

look dashing like that!

The award for the most dashing actor to have endorsed the ever-so

familiar peg of whiskey or the infamous ‘daaru ki bottle’ has to be a tie

between the Badshah - Amitabh Bachchan or Shahrukh Khan aka King

Khan!

 

While Amitabh Bachchan is mostly seen clasping his drink in

overly and much- exaggerated signature old-timey Bollywood

emotional scenes, usually involving an eye-opening revelation,

break up and/or a confrontation with god post the drinking

session, Shahrukh has carved a niche for himself more as that

mysterious, classy and suave man who appreciates his fine drink

and knows how to hold his glass like a well-bred gentleman,

thanks to Farhan Akhtar’s Don series.

Quite contrary to retro Bollywood scenes where a glass of whisky

was mostly meant for the dirty rapist aKa scheming villain, the

misunderstood hero aka the rescuer of many and the devastated

heroine aka the good girl gone bad, I feel modern day films don’t

depict them in shades of amorality.

It’s more like something you would do when you get together to

have a real meaningful conversation, you know as good, decent

grown-ups do, with minimal drama involved; like Ranbir Kapoor

and Kunal Kapoor trying to work out their romantic issues at hand

over a drink of Johnnie Walker Black Label in Bachna Ae

Haseeno.

TThere are not many instances I can remember where an Indian actor carried off himself or herself with a

glass of whiskey with a finesse that was worth talking about. In fact with the central board of film

certification (CBFC) going down the drain in the last few years, scenes with actors holding a glass of

whiskey in one hand have just gone down.

I remember when I was little, Amitabh Bachchan in his heavy baritone voice in the movie Sharaabi

delivered many scenes worth remembering. Then you had Amjad Khan, most famous for his role as

Gabbar in Sholay, who could hold a drink in his hand and still came across as the brilliant villain.

Sean Connery, most famously James Bond of the yester years, has managed to do justice to whisky

scenes in many movies and so has Pierce Brosnan in non- James Bond movies of course.

Coming back to Bollywood, I’m sure you would agree that SRK did a fantastic job in Sanjay Leela

Bhansali’s Devdas as a drunk on the verge of ruin.

Any man holding a tinkling glass of whiskey gets a class. There is probably something about this

gentleman’s drink that adds to the personality of the person drinking and enjoying it. This charisma

becomes multiplied when it is viewed on screen. I am not sure if it is the camera tricks or the lighting, but

an actor when holding a glass of whiskey becomes irresistible. A simple glass of whiskey seems to add

personality and character to a man’s images, especially when he is on TV.

One of the coolest and most dashing actors who can break the screen in my opinion is Quentin Tarantino.

Iven a glass of whiskey in hands, he can make any girl’s heartbeat race faster! I remember seeing

Quentin Tarantino casually kicking back on a couch, featuring in a print advertisement. He obviously held

a glass of the golden poison. The picture accentuated the golden colour of the spirit with the filled glass on

the table against the black and white image of the actor. A very well laid out and most stunning whiskey

glass advert. A greatly conceptualised advertisement made Quentin Tarantino one of my most favourite

actors who could add class to a glass of whiskey.

Indian actors seldom drink on screen because of the scare of CBFC cuts in their movies, and if you

shift towards western cinema, on the top of your head, you could choose from any of the actors who

have taken up the roles in the James Bond movies, but that is a wrong answer. James Bond drinks

martinis. There are memorable drinking scenes from both Indian and English cinema, and these are

the ones that come to mind.

You can think of Bill Murray in Lost in translation sitting by the bar alone and then later accompanied

by the evergreen Scarlett Johansson.

You can then think of Shah Rukh Khan in the legendary alcoholic movie Devdas with Shah Rukh

expressing his love for Paro, Paro, Paro.

Go back a little further, and you can stop at Amitabh Bachchan from the movie Sharaabi where he is

a perpetual drinker.

Come back to and stop at Dev D, a movie which turned Anurag Kashyap into a legendary director all

thanks to a terrific performance by Abhay Deol, a drug and alcohol addict.

The most dashing actor in my opinion to have ever held a glass of whisky in hindi films

has to be none other than the Badshah of Bollywood, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan! Be it his

signature confrontations with god after being rejected by the harsh realities of life, or a

display of his hero-like godliness in front of the villains or his lady, no one can do whisky

quite like Mr. Bachchan. My favorite scene will always be the song from the original

Don, where he can’t keep his hands off whisky, apparently, so can’t the sultry original

item girl of Bollywood, Helen!