Bollywood star Aamir Khan has been featured on one of the seven special covers of the Time magazine listing the world's 100 most influential people.
The list includes Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Delhi lawyer Vrinda Grover and California's Indian-American attorney general Kamala Harris besides teenaged Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and US President Barack Obama.
Like Aamir Khan, Malala Yousafzai, "the Pakistani schoolgirl whose advocacy for girls' rights is just beginning" is also featured on one of the special covers.
Aamir Khan, 48, the Bollywood star who wins praise from composer A.R. Rahman, "has been chosen for using his influence to raise social awareness in India."
"In a world of false diplomacy and evasiveness, Aamir is a straightforward man," writes Rahman noting, "He uses his gifts as a charmer to give his audience the most bitter medicine. Hypnotized, we take it without complaint."
"Aamir has started a movement that will help change the world in which Indians live. Jai ho!" adds the Academy Award-winning composer.
Shalvi Mangaokar reports
Aamir Khan has another reason to rejoice. We've been informed that the actor has made it to the 2013 Time 100, which is Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes, which will appear in the April 29 issue of the magazine worldwide, was announced on Thursday, April.
The list, now in its 10th year, recognises the activism, innovation and achievement of the world's most influential individuals. Time managing editor, Richard Stengel says, "The Time 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it's not a list of the smartest people in the world, but it's a list of the most influential people in the world. They're scientists, thinkers, philosophers, leaders, icons, artistes and visionaries. They are people who are using their ideas, visions and actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people."
When contacted, Aamir's official spokesperson confirms this news saying, "Yes, Aamir is part of the Time magazine list." The actor, who appeared on the magazine's cover a few months ago for the popularity of his show, Satyamev Jayate is the only other Indian to be a part of the list.
A source close to him says, "Even UK Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Aamir's influence and power while visiting India. He was the only Indian actor that the PM met.
In addition to featuring on the list, he will also be on the cover in the south-east Asia editions of the magazine."