Top 10 Indian Male Models of All Time

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Male models in the country are a lot more than killer looks and great physique. All of them bring personality and character to what they do and say. The countdown of the best Indian male models of all time has men who have proven for themselves in an industry that constantly seeks change.

10. Tarun Arora

Gladrags Manhunt Contest in 1998 catapulted Tarun Arora to modeling stardom. He was one of the most popular male models who became an intrinsic part of several ad campaigns including Kwality Walls, Raymond, LG, Westside and McDowells. A hot favorite of numerous ace fashion designers, Tarun Arora sizzled the ramp several times. His stint in Bollywood, however was not as successful as his history in modeling; Jab We Met being the only box office hit that he observed. Tarun Arora is today an enterprising entrepreneur as he also explores the world of modeling but stands strong at the last spot of the countdown.

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9. Sahil Shroff

Think fit body and husky voice, Sahil Shroff makes an instant appearance. Despite a strong academic background in information technology, Sahil found his calling in modeling. Reality television shows earned him numerous TV commercials including Cadbury Eclairs, HCL, Tata Indica and Lux. Sahil walked the ramp for some of India’s best fashion designers namely Vikram Phadnis, Manish Malhotra and JJ Valaya. Sahil is now looking at making it big in Hollywood and he has made a good start with the box office hit Don 2.

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8. Shawar Ali

Shawar exudes masculine charm and grace like no other. He belongs to the top 100 list of the most handsome women of the country. Shawar Ali has come up the hard way and stolen many hearts along the way. A ramp walk model, a sizzling actor and a sensitive human being to social causes, Shawar dons several hats at the same time. Calvin Klein, in 2003, chose Shawar as their in-house model for their international collection showcased in London. Shawar loves tennis and believes in staying fit for a happy and healthy life. Closing in on spot eight is this long legged and muscular model with versatile interests.

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7. Upen Patel

Upen Patel is a British-Indian model who began his modeling career after winning Zee TV’s supermodel hunt in the year 2002. Upen began his ad campaigns with Zegna, Paul Smith and Hugo Boss. The man was adjudged as India’s number one supermodel at the F awards and this led way to several endorsements such as Tommy Hilfiger, Tuscan Verve, D’damas Desire and Provogue. Upen has worked with several fashion designers and rendered a definitive feel to their creations. He has made several commendable appearances in movies that were not big box office hits. Upen waits for his commercial breakthrough in Bollywood at spot seven.

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6. Muzammil Ibrahim

Hailing from Jammu & Kashmir, the crown of India; Muzammil is a young and suave model who won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest in 2003. Since then, there has been no looking back for the man who is not just fit but also drop dead gorgeous. Over 20 international and domestic modeling campaigns, Muzammil is also the most sought after Indian face in other parts of the world especially in Bangkok and Italy. For three years in a row, Muzammil was bestowed the Best Male Model award by Hindustan Times and TOI. As a brand ambassador for 5 giants, Muzammil was seen in Real fruit juice, Bolero, Hero Honda, Titan and Onida ad campaigns. The ‘Guess’ model zooms into spot 6 with ease.

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5. Zulfi Syed

Standing tall at 6 feet and 2 inches, Zulfi Syed is an Indian supermodel hailing from the garden city of India. Infinite number of television ads, ramp shows and music videos has gained gargantuan success with Zulfi’s presence. Winning in the 1996 Gladrags Manhunt Contest gave Zulfi a one-way ticket to the world of modeling that he has sustained with grace and charm. A well sculpted body and intense eyes made him a favorite with the ladies and earns him the fifth spot in the countdown. Levis, Raymond’s and Trevi jeans are few of his very successful ad campaigns. However, his movie career is yet to observe big success.

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4. Dino Morea

Dino may have got his stunning looks from his Indian-Italian lineage. Introduced by Bangalore based fashion designer, Prasad Bidappa; Dino observed roaring success with ad campaigns, ramp shows and music videos but is yet to witness such significance in movies. Closing in at the second spot in the Gladrags Manhunt Contest, Dino has a spectacular smile and a sense of style and attitude that makes him one of the most successful and popular models of India. Despite the highs and lows of his career, Dino holds on to the most popular celebrity status victoriously.

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3. John Abraham

Scores of ramp shows, Bollywood movies and ad campaigns combine with John’s channelized energies in social and environmental awareness endeavors. John Abraham is a name that has reached far and wide for he is a man of charm and character. One of the biggest success stories in India, John seems to balance modeling and movies like no other. With a face that is unmistakable and a body that is totally desirable, John makes his presence felt whenever he walks in. There was quite a controversy when he split his long term relationship with co-star Bipasha Basu. Spot 3 of this countdown observes a befitting contender in John.

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2. Arjun Rampal

An ‘I-couldn’t-care-less’ attitude defines Arjun Rampal who is also easily one of the most handsome men India has ever witnessed. Clothes simply assume personality of their own when Arjun slips into them. This Prince of the Ramp was fashion designer Rohit Bal’s discovery. Chiseled looks became an instant hit with the women and Arjun also went on to earn Society’s Face of the Year in 1994. Arjun and his supermodel wife Mehr Jesia make the super and uber fashionable couple of Bollywood. His foray into acting showed dismal results in the beginning but today, his filmy career has taken off in full swing and his acting prowess cannot be missed. Arjun Rampal is an unmistakable entry in the top ranks of the countdown.

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1. Milind Soman

Milind’s probably one of the very first names that strikes you when you talk about modeling in India. He was tall, dark and handsome and every woman’s charming prince when he was spotted in Alisha Chinai’s roaring music video ‘Made in India’. Thereafter, the man only grew stylish with age and time. Today, his heart melting warm smile and killer body represent many brands and engage in several television shows. A winning component for most ads that he featured in, the man looks hot and desirable even when he runs a marathon. The social objective behind the marathon makes him a sensitive personality which is like icing on the cake. Effortlessly suave and charming, Milind Soman is the undoubted king of Indian male models in the country.

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Conclusion

Career or no career in Bollywood, these men are the undoubted kings on the ramp and age seems to have only enhanced their charm and grace. Besides being completely drool-worthy, these gods of charm and character have created indelible impressions.

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