Darshan Yewalekar is an Indian celebrity barber and founder of the ace barbershop D Shave in Mumbai.He was born in a lower-middle-class family. Hindustan Times His parents could not afford to send him to a college in Pune. During an interview, while talking about it, he said, My father came to me, sat down and said, Pune is unaffordable with my monthly salary of 5000. My parents were always very supportive of whatever I did and provided me with the best of things they could afford, even though it meant only two sets of new clothes each year. I had not seen any better and I was content with what I got. So, I knew if my dad said he cant afford something, he really cant. Darshan Yewalekars childhood picture with his parents.After completing his schooling, he thought of pursuing graduation in Microbiology, but later he pursued a course in hair styling. He desired to get a plum job in a big city. However, due to a lack of finances, he postponed the idea and pursued a hairstyling course for the time being.In his childhood, he used to observe his mother while she used to give haircuts in a parlour. From there he developed an interest in working as a hairstylist. This observation helped him to learn the basics of the hairstyling course within 12 days. During his course, he had a fight with his teacher regarding hairstyling which grabbed the attention of the trainer of the hairstyling course, Jasbir Arora (well-known celebrity hairstylist).Jasbir was impressed by his work and asked Darshan to assist him. During the third month of his course, Jasbir sent Darshan to work at one of his newly-opened hair salons in Indore. In an interview, while sharing the incident, he said, The salary was 3500! I was 16. I had just passed my 12th! But I got bored with that job and came back to Pune. There one day I got a call from one of my seniors who casually invited me to come and visit him in Mumbai where I had landed a job in a cool salon and was working on a Bollywood film shoot. The word shoot piqued my interest. My connect with the world outside my town was through television and movies. And he said he was shooting with Sanjay Dutt. So I landed on the sets of Musafir..In 2003, he started working as a hairstylist at Hakims Aalim, Versova, Mumbai, Maharashtra, and after working there for around 10 years, he started his own barbershop D Shave in Mumbai. In an interview, while talking about his struggling days, he said, I found a job as a sweeper and hair assistant on that same set, same day. One of the best days of my life. Worked my way up one cut at a time, travelled the world and worked with the shiniest stars of the film industry and then fell, down and hard. Failure turned me towards myself. Instilled pure passion and gave me the resilience I lacked. I trained harder, dreamt greater and built D Shave, my passion project to connect the art of barbering to its roots. This venture is driven by pure love for the craft. Its as personal to me as your hair is to you. My senior introduced me to his boss, Aalim, whod wanted to have a chat with me. So, I stayed back that night and the next day he took me on a movie set in Film City and casually made me meet a guy who looked a lot like Salman Khan. He called him Bhai. It was actually Salman Khan! Aalim introduced me to Bhai as his new assistant..While he was working at Hakims, he got an offer to work with the hairstyling team of Salman Khan. After five years, he left the job to set up his own business. However, it did not go well. During an interview, while talking about the hardships he faced after leaving Salman Khan, he said, After leaving Bhai I had gone through a real bad phase where nothing really worked out. I had started a salon that I had to shut down within a year. I was 22 then. I had no money, was living in a chawl and on most days Id starve. But going back was not an option because I couldnt go to him as a failure. During those four years, before I landed Ram-Leela, I had hit rock-bottom. I was a simple small-town Marathi guy, I was not fluent in English, and people even mocked my name..Darshan has styled the looks for many Indian actors like Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Saif Ali Khan, and Anil Kapoor. Darshan Yewalekar styling the looks for Ranveer Singh.He has been working as the personal stylist of Ranveer Singh for almost a decade and has created his looks in various films like Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), Bajirao Mastani (2015), and 83 (2021).He received huge appreciation from the industry veterans for replicating the look of the legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev in the Hindi film 83 (which is played by Ranveer Singh). In an interview, while talking about it, he said, The biggest compliment I have got from industry veterans is, You have made it happen! The whole experience has been overwhelming, to say the least, especially because it is relatively easier to work from ones imagination but to replicate something that is part of everyones imagination just adds that extra pressure. Darshan Yewalekar styling the look for Ranveer Singh for the film 83.