February 11, 2013
In the current issue of
, the Pakistani singer and actor discusses the modern man's biggest preoccupations: sunscreen lotions and six-pack abs
A million-dollar smile:
lakh. A flawless complexion:
. Washboard abs:
lakh. The feel-good factor: Priceless?
"Nonsense," says Pakistani singer and actor
. In a time and age when people are increasingly spending a fortune on artificially enhancing their appearance, the
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
star who has been voted
second sexiest man in a poll last year, has spoken out vehemently against the practice in
, the country's largest selling men's magazine.
"Don't blindly follow what television and the glossies dish out to you," Zafar writes in
. "Models earn their bread and butter by looking perfect. Sporting a six-pack is part of their job, not yours."
Startled with the rising number of Indian men discussing the SPF of their sunscreen lotions in their locker rooms, Zafar feels that the concept of beauty has been misunderstood by most. "Like fashion, the standard of beauty keeps changing with time. Can you imagine a bare-chested
flexing his bulging biceps while serenading an anorexic Sharmila Tagore in
?" he argues in the article.
The star feels that a lot of men fret a bit too much about their looks. Pinned down by peer pressure, some even go beyond their means to achieve that perfect set of six-pack abs or that cleverly-advertised fair complexion.