Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik edged past actor Hrithik Roshan to be voted the Sexiest Asian in an annual UK poll. Hrithik, who topped the list last year, was pushed down by Zayn in the poll by UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper. At 22, the singer is also the youngest person to top the list. Pakistani singer and actor Ali Zafar is at No 3.
To put it in the words of the daily's editor Asjad Nazir, who compiled the list, "Zayn got more global attention than any other Asian star in 2015. Leaving One Direction did no damage at all to Zayn. From social networking sites to global media everyone around the world was talking about Zayn this year. Whether it was his haircuts, love life, solo career or life after One Direction, he had the kind of mass interest globally never seen before for an Asian celebrity. And he did all this without an official solo single release. The prospect of what he can achieve when his official debut single releases is mind-blowing."
Popular TV actors Barun Sobti and Vivian Dsena also figured in the top five. Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan, Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and Gurmeet Choudhary made it to the top 10. Other Bollywood actors in the list include Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Ashish Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubati and Emraan Hashmi.