Time magazine has recently released its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people for the year 2023, and it includes some prominent names from the Indian entertainment industry. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, renowned film director S.S. Rajamouli, celebrated author Salman Rushdie, and popular television host and judge Padma Lakshmi have been recognized for their significant contributions and impact on the global stage.
Shah Rukh Khan, often referred to as the “King of Bollywood,” has been lauded by fellow actor Deepika Padukone in his profile for Time. Padukone writes that Khan is not only one of the greatest actors of all time but also stands out for his exceptional mind, chivalry, and generosity. Khan had also won the 2023 TIME100 reader poll, where readers voted for the individuals they believed deserved a spot on the prestigious list, earning 4 percent of the more than 1.2 million votes cast.
S.S. Rajamouli, the director of blockbuster Indian films like “Baahubali” and “RRR,” has been praised by actor Alia Bhatt in his Time profile. Bhatt describes Rajamouli as a master storyteller who understands the diverse demographics, tastes, and culture of India and unites the country through his movies. She also recalls Rajamouli’s advice to her, which was to act with love and passion, regardless of the outcome.
Salman Rushdie, the renowned author known for his critically acclaimed works, has been profiled by music legend Bono for Time. Bono praises Rushdie’s resilience in the face of terrorism and his refusal to be silenced. He also commends Rushdie’s creativity and determination to continue expressing himself despite facing challenges over the years.
Padma Lakshmi, the popular television host and judge known for her shows “Top Chef” and “Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi,” has been recognized by comedian Ali Wong in her Time profile. Wong describes Lakshmi as a genuine food lover with a smart and articulate personality. She also admires Lakshmi’s fearlessness in expressing her honest opinions, even if they are unpopular.
The inclusion of these influential personalities from the Indian entertainment industry in Time’s prestigious list is a testament to their global impact and recognition. Their talent, creativity, and contributions have not only made a mark in India but have also gained recognition on the international stage, solidifying their positions as trailblazers in their respective fields.