Bilal Ashraf and Ali Zafar named as the sexiest Pakistani man in the world in the 16th edition of a globally famous annual list published by UK based Eastern Eye newspaper. Ranked seven, the talented actor was the only Pakistani to make it into the Top 10 of a list based on votes from fans around the world, the heat generated on social networking sites, positive impact and media attention.
Bilal is surprised by the news and said: “I am beyond humbled to be featured as part of a list among such legendary gentlemen and that, year on year, has generated so much attention globally. This has come to me as an amazing surprise and such moments make the struggle and commitment we all put into our work all worth the while. This encourages me to try my best to further myself in my field. I’m extremely grateful for this recognition.”
This rounds off a great year for the actor, which included a lead role opposite popular actress Mahira Khan in hit film Superstar. Millions from around the world voted and helped the list trend on Twitter in India, Pakistan and worldwide simultaneously. Eastern Eye’s award-winning Entertainment editor Asjad Nazir, who founded the list and compiles it annually, praised Bilal and described him as the future of Pakistani cinema. “Pakistani cinema is on the rise globally and that is thanks to a new generation of world-class actors like Bilal. He will lead a future generation of cinema stars that will ultimately help empower his country and inspire others living there,” said Asjad Nazir.
List of Sexiest south Asian Men by Eastern Eye is out now
Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan rounded off a dream year, which included an acclaimed performance in hit film Super 30 and headlining Bollywood’s biggest grossing 2019 movie War by being crowned the Sexiest South Asian man in the world. Hrithik named the sexiest south Asian man of the decade and said: “I would like to thank everyone who feels so and has voted for me. I am flattered but I also know that it is not an achievement. Just a person’s looks are not relevant in the larger scheme of things. I don’t judge people by the way they look. Similarly, I don’t judge myself either by the way I look. What is attractive in a person is his/her story, journey and the way that person has dealt with situations in his/her own life. Looking a certain way for my characters is just a part of my job which takes a lot of effort and hard work,” said Hrithik Roshan.
2017 winner, Bollywood star, Shahid Kapoor came in second. Third-placed Vivian Dsena named the sexiest TV star of 2019 and of the decade. “I don’t see myself as sexy at all. I am where I am because of my well-wishers and audiences. They have given me my identity and are the real backbone of the name Vivian Dsena. I owe everything to them and will work even harder to keep them entertained,” said Vivian Dsena.
Tiger Shroff entered the Top 10 for the first time and came in fourth. Pop superstar Zayn Malik came in fifth and TV star Harshad Chopda ranked sixth. The rest of the Top 10 for 2019, are actor Mohsin Khan (8), cricketer Virat Kohli (9) and South Indian superstar Prabhas (10). The youngest in the list is 24-year-old singer Armaan Malik (14) and the eldest is 53-year-old Salman Khan (16). The highest new Indian entry is model Asim Riaz (24), who is currently battling it out on reality TV show Bigg Boss 13. Others in the 2018 edition of the list include Ali Zafar (12), Fawad Khan (14), Ranveer Singh (18), Ayushmann Khurrana (25), Ali Rehman Khan (29), Akshay Kumar (30), Ranbir Kapoor (32), Sheheryar Munawar (43), John Abraham (47) and Azfar Rehman (49).
“The men featured in 2019 were connected by the fact they all went beyond their stardom and looks to make a positive impact. That is what really sexiness is about and why this list connects with millions around the world,” said Asjad Nazir.