From PM Modi to Ayushmann, five Indians on Time’s 100 most influential 2020 list

Ayushmann Khurrana (file image)

Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has made it to ‘Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020’ list. He is the only Indian actor to be on the list this year.

Apart from Ayushmann, four other Indians have been featured in this list. The others are Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, London-based Indian origin doctor Ravindra Gupta, who found a cure for AIDS, and Bilkis – Dadi of Shaheen Bagh.

Deepika Padukone has written a short article in the magazine, appreciating Khurrana’s talent. “I remember Ayushmann Khurrana vividly from his debut film, Vicky Donor. He had, of course, been a part of the entertainment industry in various other ways for several years before that, but the reason you and I talk about him today is because of the impact he has been able to create through memorable films and iconic characters. Where male protagonist roles often fall into the trap of stereotypical masculinity, Ayushmann has successfully and convincingly transformed into characters who challenge those very stereotypes.

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“In India, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, only a tiny percentage of people see their dreams come alive, and Ayushmann Khurrana is one of them. You’re probably wondering, How? Talent and hard work. Sure, that goes without saying. But more important, patience, perseverance and fearlessness. A little insight for those who dare to dream,” she added in the note.

The 36-year-old actor made his Bollywood debut with the Shoojit Sircar directorial Vicky Donor. The actor was last seen in Gulabo Sitabo, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan.

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