The Top 5 Most Stylish Asian Men of 2017 can rock a jeans and hoodie with the same panache as a custom-made tuxedo. This year’s Top 5 Most Stylish Asian Men of 2017, presented in alphabetical order by surname, are Emmy Award winner Riz Ahmed; theatre director and producer Samir Bhamra, PR Agent extraordinaire Tony Gill, BAFTA Award winning actor Dev Patel and screenwriter, filmmaker and director of the London Indian Film Festival, Cary Rajinder Sawhney.
Riz Ahmed, also known as by his stage name, Riz MC, is a British actor, rapper and activist. He is known for his work in independent films such as The Road to Guantanamo (2006), Shifty (2008), Four Lions (2010), Trishna (2011), Ill Manors (2012) and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013), before his break-out role in Nightcrawler (2014). In 2016, he starred in Una, Jason Bourne, and as Bodhi Rook in the first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One. That year, he also starred in the HBO miniseries The Night Of as Nasir Khan; the show and his performance were critically lauded. In 2017, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for The Night Of, becoming the first Muslim and first South Asian to win a lead acting Emmy. This year he was also included on the front cover of the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
As a rapper, he is a member of the Swet Shop Boys, earned critical acclaim with the hip-hop albums Microscope and Cashmere, and earned commercial success featuring in the Billboard 200 chart topping Hamilton Mixtape, with his song “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)” winning an MTV Video Music Award. As an activist, he is known for his political rap music, has been involved in raising awareness and funds for Rohingya and Syrian refugee children, and has advocated representation at the House of Commons.
Just as he displays versatility with his acting and music, Riz’s style varies – he can pair it down or glam it up – as he demonstrated at the Oscars 2017 in a blue Ermenegildo Zegna Couture tuxedo.
Samir Bhamra is an award winning Kenyan born British-Indian playwright, producer and theatre director at Phizzical Productions. Samir works across many art forms influenced by Indian cinema. He is known for pioneering BollyIdol, a national talent search with BBC and B4U (network), writing and directing Precious Bazaar and directing William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline – his Bollywood styled production of toured for 12 weeks to 22 venues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Samir is also the Creative Director of the London Asian Film Festival organised by Tongues on Fire. As part of the 17th London Asian Film Festival, he invited Tony award nominee choreographer and Bollywood film director Farah Khan to run master classes in Choreography at Southbank Centre and Directing at School of Asian and Oriental Studies. Samir Bhamra won the Arts and Culture Awareness award for his extensive work at the 2016 British Indian Awards. That same year, Samir developed ‘Bring On The Bollywood‘ a love letter to traditional Bollywood, innovated for musical theatre aficionados and contemporary Bollywood lovers alike which toured throughout the summer of 2017.
Tony Gill is the Co-Founder of award-winning PR and Marketing agency Media Hive. His background spans the film, entertainment, talent, fashion, lifestyle, hospitality, charity and corporate sectors, with a specialism in Bollywood film and talent publicity. Previously Co-director of creative communications agency, Canvas International, he spearheads campaigns for some of the industry’s biggest studios, production houses and artists, with further relationships with India’s leading talent and entertainment PR/ Marketing agencies.
Tony is also the go-to brand specialist in the South Asian high fashion sector, working with India and Pakistan’s top tier designers to implement both ethnic and mainstream brand strategies in the UK and internationally. He also guest lectures at University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Epsom, on the Fashion Promotion and Imaging degree course. Prior to PR, Tony was a journalist and Arts & Fashion Editor and subsequently Deputy Editor for a renowned men’s lifestyle publication. Previous media industry positions also include tenures at Edelman UK, SET Asia and Rapido TV. Tony now spends all his time promoting his clients’ brands and prefers to keep in the background at launches, although with his eye and talent for style, we feel he could easily strut down the red carpet along with all the stars.
Dev Patel is a British actor, born and raised in London to Indian parents. He made his screen debut as Anwar Kharral in the first two series of the British television teen drama Skins but his breakthrough came in 2008 with the leading role of Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle’s drama Slumdog Millionaire, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor. Dev went on to star in the highly successful romantic comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and its 2015 sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the fantasy film The Last Airbender (2010), and the science fiction crime thriller film Chappie (2015). His portrayal of Neal Sampat on the HBO television series The Newsroom (2012–2014) earned him a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In 2015, Patel starred as the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in the biopic The Man Who Knew Infinity, and the following year he played Saroo Brierley in the drama Lion (2016) for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. His next film is Hotel Mumbai based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai about the Mumbai attacks in 2008 at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney
Cary Rajinder Sawhney is an emerging UK Screenwriter and Filmmaker. He studied a BA (Hons) Degree in Photography, Film & Television at University of Westminster and recently completed a Film Directors course at Metropolitan Film School. He is also a former professional photographer and one of the UK’s leading Asian film festival programmers. He was formerly Head of Diversity at the British Film Institute for seven years, where he conceived and led the UK’s largest ever South Asian festival – ImagineAsia (2002). He then became Head of Programmes at contemporary arts organisation INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), before turning freelance in 2007. Cary is currently involved in organising several prominent film festivals including Founder and Executive Director of the London Indian Film Festival, and South Asian Programme Adviser to the BFI London Film Festival. He is a BAFTA member and Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing (RSA).