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HindustanTimes Thu,24 Apr 2014

Big B outshines Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman, emerges as youth's film icon

The HT-MaRS Youth Survey 2013 has revealed that actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has emerged as a surprise icon in a nation where experience trumps youth, while actor Amitabh Bachchan got the thumbs-up as film icon, edging out Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman Khans. Lena Saha writes.
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Samar Khurshid

Samar Khurshid

Samar Khurshid, 23, Journalist, Delhi

Do you believe that people should be iconised at all?
While many icons are just people famous for being famous (and not necessarily altruistic members of society), their popularity can give people something to aspire for, particularly in India which seems dominated by an aspirational middle-class.

Who is your favorite sports icon and why?
I don't have an Indian sports icon so my answer would probably be ill-suited for your survey. But if I had to say, Alex Ferguson. His tireless dedication to a club took it to great heights; and he refused to retire without a win.

Who is your favorite political icon and why?
Unfortunately my answers can only be clichéd. I would say Sonia Gandhi - she's a graceful but stern leader whose ascent from modest beginnings to becoming the leader of India's largest political party must be admired. (She became fluent in Hindi, a difficult feat)

Who is sexiest woman and why?
Kate Beckinsale. First, she's English. Second, she's beautiful without even trying (natural, not made up beauty)

Amanpreet Sawhney

Amanpreet Sawhney

Amanpreet Sawhney, 22, pursuing B.Ed, DU.

Do you believe that people should be iconised at all?
Iconisation leads to people being placed on a pedestal which is not always healthy. However, it is an unavoidable process.

Who is your favorite sports icon and why?
Saina Nehwal. She's taken badminton to a much higher level in India.

Who is your favorite political icon and why?
Abdul Kallam- For his people friendly persona.

According to you, who is the sexiest man and why?
Farhan Akhter for obvious reasons

Who is sexiest woman and why?
Nidhi Razdan- She's graceful, intelligent and articulate.

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