The list of the TIME’s 100 most influential people is out and Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actor to feature in this year’s list. Other Indians who made it to the list are Team India skipper Virat Kohli, Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
World leaders like US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Bangladesh’s premier Sheikh Hasina were also featured in the list of 100 most influential people.
As Sachin Tendulkar wrote Virat Kohli’s TIME profile, Vin Diesel wrote Deepika’s.
Applauding Virat, Sachin wrote, “Every sportsman knows what it’s like to have good spells and bad ones too,” the batting maestro explained. “Virat took the criticism he faced during a disappointing West Indies series and returned home with a goal: to improve not only his technique, but also his fitness level. He’s never looked back.”
Deepika’s ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ co-star Vin Diesel wrote that she is “not just a star” but an “actor’s actor” and someone who represents the world, not just India.
“When Deepika Padukone came in to read for one of the Fast and the Furious films, I knew instantly I was in the presence of someone very special. As soon as she entered the room, there was a synchronicity, a synergy, a chemistry – it promised great things to come. Her schedule didn’t work for that movie, but I never gave up. She was the first role we cast in ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’. She said, ‘I want to do this movie, but if I do, you have to come to India.’ Thank God I made that deal,” Diesel wrote.
“Making that movie, Deepika took committement 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,” he added.
“So often in the entertainment industry we deal in stereotypes, and people get stuck in certain markets. Deepika is the best Earth has to offer. She’s not just here to represent India; she’s here to represent the world,” he said.
The list, now in its fifteenth year, also featured names such as Nicole Kidman, Ryan Coogler, Gal Gadot, Sterling K Brown, Hugh Jackman among others.
The list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.