It doesn’t happen too often that many Indian celebrities make it to the cover of 100 most influential people, but this time, India has come across shining with four Indians in the TIME 100 cover – cricketer Virat Kohli, actress Deepika Padukone, Ola cabs co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
The Time magazine has unveiled its list of 100 most influential people for 2018 from across the word, picking the leaders from entertainment, politics, sports, technology, activism and many other sectors. It is a prestige and an achievement to be listed in the TIME 100 list as it defines the contribution and the difference that any public figure has made in the society. However, not too many Indians get listed in the annual TIME 10 list too often – but this year, we have a different story to tell. Desi power has shone on Time magazine as four Indians found themselves listed in the TIME 100 cover page.
The four Indian celebrities who made it to the list are Virat Kohli, Satya Nadella, Deepika Padukone and Bhavish Aggarwal. To start off with, Virat Kohli, the captain of Indian cricket team is one of the six athletes to be listed in TIME 100 this year. Kohli is one of the world’s top ranked ODI batsman and in 2017 scored the third-most runs in history across all three formats for a calendar year – making him one of the most influential celebrity athlete of all time. Next up is Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone – who is the only Bollywood celebrity to be listed in this year’s list of most influential people – thanks to her presence in Bollywood as well as in Hollywood with ‘xXx: Return Of Xander Cage’ with co-star Vin Diesel.
Ola, giving tough time to international player like Uber, has helped its co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal to become the leader of one of the world’s largest ride-sharing cab companies – which has now expanded itself beyond India – in Australia too. Needless of mentioning, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft who has successfully restored the company’s spirit of innovation with new product strategies and developing products that makes an impact on common people’s lives. Interestingly, the editor-in-chief of the Time magazine, Edward Felsenthal said that this year’s list is the youngest-ever most influential list of people by the magazine featuring as many as 45 stars under the age of 40.