Superstar Shah Rukh Khan admitted that he was voting for himself. Filmmaker Karan Johar and actress Priyanka Chopra urged everyone to vote for him. Even so, SRK lost out to author Chetan Bhagat in Time magazine’s 2010 list of ‘100 Most Influential People’ on Thursday. Other Indians on the list include Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ranked 19 in the Leaders category; cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, 13th among Heroes and economist Amartya Sen, 20th in the Thinkers category.
Khan, who was among the top 20 in the online voting, had tweeted earlier that he was excited about being in the running. However, since the list was announced, SRK is mum. His supporters, however, are venting their disappointment. “I can’t believe that a Chetan Bhagat qualified! How? The whole world loves SRK, how could he not make it?” wrote NehS. “Da bad new being @iamsrk n @realpreityzinta didn’t make it to da list,” tweeted Ashu.
Bhagat, who made it to the list for being the “biggest-selling English-language author in India’s history” says he is overwhelmed with the global recognition. “I am going to New York tonight with my wife Anusha for the Time 100 Gala dinner on Tuesday and look forward to meeting the world’s best.” The author has been receiving applause from Bollywood. Actress Genelia D’souza wrote, “Awesome CB, congrats.” Actor Riteish Deshmukh posted, “yeh Time aapka Time hai - congratulations.”