London, December 14: Singer Zayn Malik has become the sexiest Asian of 2016 beating Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan. The British Pakistani singer was today voted the sexiest Asian of the year pushing Hrithik to the second position. The is the second consecutive year that Zayn, 23, is on top of the list. The former One Direction member won the annual poll conducted by London-based weekly newspaper ‘Eastern Eye’ in 2015 as well. “The singer/songwriter showed comprehensively there was life after boy band One Direction with a rip-roaring start to his solo career. “It was as if he struck a match, casually threw it at the world and stepped back to watch a wildfire sweep across the continents with his songs burning up the charts,” said Asjad Nazir of Eastern Eye.
The third spot on the list went to Pakistani actor Fawad Khan with Indian television star Ashish Sharma and superstar Salman Khan completing the top five in the poll conducted on social media. Others in the 2016 top 10 include TV and film actors Barun Sobti (6), Shahid Kapoor (7), Vivian Dsena (8), Ali Zafar (9) and Ranveer Singh (10). The highest placed newcomer in this year’s list is 24-year-old Indian television actor Param Singh (19). Shah Rukh Khan was on number 17 in the list. Pakistani tea-stall seller Arshad Khan has also made it to the list at number 31. He is the first man to ever be included as an editor’s choice. (ALSO READ: Zayn Malik named GQ’s Best Dressed 2017)
“Impoverished teenager Arshad Khan broke the Internet earlier this year when his photograph serving tea sent females around the world into a frenzy. “He has since been plucked from obscurity and gained global media attention along with a new career in modeling. He makes the list for representing the everyday man and for showing the most impossible dream can come,” said Nazir. Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who will make her Hollywood debut in soon-to-be-released thriller “xXx: Return Of Xander Cage,” had last week topped the ’50 Sexiest Asian Women’ list for the first time. (ALSO READ: Zayn Malik deserves happiness: Rebecca Ferguson)