After 12 days of interviews and rigorous physical challenges, Mr India has beat out 46 finalists for the title of ‘the world’s most desirable man.’
Indian actor and model Rohit Khandelwal, won the Mr World 2016 male beauty pageant in Southport, in the UK on Tuesday night.
His friend and photographer Sayan Sur Roy told Daily Mail Australia he’s seen Khandelwal transform from a ‘humble, simple guy’ from Hyderabad into the sharp-looking model and actor he is today.
Mr Sur Roy said the 27-year-old first arrived in Mumbai to be a model and actor two years ago
The photographer said there was after a lot of struggle and working really hard he eventually got a small role on a TV series.
According to Mr Sur Roy, Khandelwal hadn’t heard about the Mr India before until a friend told him about it he worked hard, especially on his fitness, to take the title.
‘I don’t think he had any interest in participating in Mr India or Mr World before he started his modelling journey,’ he said.
‘But he worked hard to win Mr India, and he worked doubly hard for Mr World,’ he added.
Mr Sur Roy said he is expected to return to India on Saturday and hopes his win will help raise his profile and get more roles in TV and film.
‘He’s already a big sensation in the country at the moment,’ he added.
The biennial male pageant invites candidates from all over the world to take part in five different challenges: fashion and style, extreme challenge, multi-media, sports and talent.
According the Mr World website, the winner ‘is selected by the panel of judges who weigh up the performances of each candidate before hearing from them on stage as to why they want to win Mr World, and what it would mean to them.’
When he won Mr Khandelwal said: ‘I feel so privileged and humbled to be Mr World 2016…. It has been an amazing journey to this point, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.’
Narrowly missing was Fernando Álvarez, 21, from Puerto Rico who came first runner up and Aldo Esparza Ramírez, 26, from Mexico second runner up.