Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta are among the 201 global hotshots vying for a slot in history. Voting is currently underway for US-based Time magazine’s 2010 list of ‘100 Most Influential People in the world’ and the five Indians on the list are — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, actors Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta and author Chetan Bhagat.
While the Time website recognises King Khan as “one of Bollywood’s richest men, with an estimated net worth in excess of $500 million”, the cricket Lord has been named the “the greatest batsman of his — or arguably any — generation”.
Lobbying for SRK on microblogging site Twitter, actresses Mallika Sherawat and Priyanka Chopra, and filmmaker Karan Johar are urging fans to vote for SRK online. SRK, who has 25,645 votes, tweeted on Saturday night, “…went & voted for myself on the Time poll 2010 for most influential. Can’t think of a more cheesy thing I have done lately.”
Bhagat, shortlisted for being the “biggest-selling English-language author in India's history”, is elated. “I’m truly humbled and delighted. Influence and change has been at the core of my work and it’s amazing to be noticed globally for it. This recognition will lend greater credibility to my voice,” he told HT City.
The list, this year, features names such as filmmaker James Cameron, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, R&B diva Beyonce Knowles and actress Meryl Streep. Leading the tally currently is pop icon Lady GaGa with 1,39,284 votes while talk show host Conan O’Brien takes the second position with 89,181 votes. Rounding up the top five are South Korean figure “ice queen” skater Kim Yu-Na, South Korean pop star Rain and American Idol runners-up Adam Lambert.
It may be noted that Oscar winner AR Rahman and IT biggie Nandan Nilekani made it to the top 100 in the 2009 list.
Inputs from Neha Sharma