India is famous for its successful Bollywood productions which currently constitute one of the largest centres of film production in the world. The Hindi language film industry has managed to promote several talented actors and actresses from India and generated global appreciation towards the country. Apart from that, Mahatma Gandhi and other great figures from India have also been regarded as major influencers.
Let’s check who make up the list of the top 5 most influential people from India:
#1 Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan, an Indian film actor, became famous after taking part in Deewar and Zanjeer movies around 1970s. He is now regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. The French director Francois Truffaut has even called him a “one-man industry”. Bachchan has won many awards including three National Film Awards as Best Actor.
#2 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Indian actress and winner of the Miss World pageant of 1994, Aishwarya Rai became successful through her Bollywood career, and she is currently one of the most popular and high-profile celebrities in India. Throughout her acting career, she has received global recognition and won numerous awards including two Filmfare Awards. Also, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India and is often cited by the media as the most beautiful woman in the world.
#3 Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is a former Indian cricket player who is particularly famous as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. From the early age of 16, he managed to make his debut against Pakistan and then travelled to Mumbai and all over India to compete with other cricket players for at least another 24 years. Tendulkar was the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket.
#4 Narendra Modi
As the 15th and current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has been praised for his economic policies which resulted in creating an environment that promoted economic growth in Gujarat. He is currently a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a right-wing charitable Hindu nationalist non-governmental organisation.
#5 Shahrukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan is an Indian film actor, producer and a very famous television personality who is often referred to as the “Baadshah of Bollywood”, “King of Bollywood” or “King Khan” in the world of media; which comes as no surprise since he has appeared in over 80 Bollywood films. In 2014, Khan was the second-richest actor in the world with an estimated net worth of US $600 million. Khan has also, already won 14 Filmfare Awards and currently has many followers from Asia and Indian diaspora worldwide.
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