Hindi film actor Deepika Padukone became the only Indian female celebrity to make it to this year's TIME's 100 most influential people. She joins Virat Kohli, Satya Nadella and Ola Co-founder Bhavish Agarwal, as well as US President Donald Trump in the annual list of honorees that was announced recently.
The list also includes actors Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Greta Gerwig, Lena Waithe, Prince Harry, his fiancee Meghan Markle, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is an openly gay son of an Indian immigrant, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina and singer Rihanna.
Penning down words of appreciation for Deepika, actor Vin Diesel with whom she marked her Hollywood debut in the movie "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" said,
Making that movie, Deepika took committed to a whole other level. That's who she is as a performer. She wants the whole movie to shine, which is a rare thing. Anyone could talk about how beautiful she is, and anyone could tell you about her unmatched comedic timing. But she isn't just a star. She's an actor's actor, dedicated to the craft.
Writing Virat Kohli's profile, India's Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar recalled the times in 2008 when Kohli led the Under-19 World Cup.
That was the first time I watched this young, passionate player lead India. Today, Virat Kohli is a household name and a champion in cricket. Even back then, his hunger for runs and consistency was remarkable, something that has become the hallmark of his game.
Walter Isaacson, a professor at the Tulane University and a former managing editor of TIME wrote for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, "Since becoming CEO of Microsoft in 2014, Nadella has used those principles to restore the company's spirit of innovation. Consider its new product strategy, which emphasises cloud computing and allowing people to collaborate across platforms." Nadella also makes one of the six covers of TIME's 100.
The result is that in the four years since he inherited a sticky wicket, Microsoft's market value has increased 130 percent. More important, the company is now making products that feel more user-friendly, empathetic and collaborative, he said.
Highlighting Ola Founder Bhavish Agarwal's journey, Executive Chairman of Indian ecommerce company Flipkart, Sachin Bansal wrote,
He built one of the world's largest ride-sharing companies and has scaled it to more than 100 Indian cities, empowered millions of driver-partners and commuters, and is a flag bearer for India's consumer-tech ecosystem, all by the age of 32.
According to a report by NDTV, TIME said a record 45 people on this list are under 40, which includes 14-year-old actor Millie Bobby Brown.
(With inputs from IANS)