India’s security forces, survivors and victims of Mumbai terror attacks crown the list of “Top 50 Coolest Desis of 2008” of DesiClub.com, a popular arts and culture site aimed at second-and third-generation South Asians in North America.
Noting that it is almost impossible to name each and every hero and victim of “the horrible events” of November 26, the site particularly recognised “Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte, Vijay Salaskar, Karambir Singh Kang, the CST railway staff, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Gajender Singh, the Mumbai Fire brigade and countless more”.
Second on the DesiClub.com list is superstar Amitabh Bachchan who along with his family “participated in the huge North American ‘Unforgettable Tour’, which shocked and pleased tons of his fans who never thought they would see him on-stage performing again”.
Kamran Pasha, writer and producer for NBC’s highly anticipated new television series Kings, which is a modern day retelling of the Biblical tale of King David, takes the third place followed by Arundhati Roy, author and activist.
AR Rahman, “music director for the mega runaway hit Slumdog Millionaire, takes the fifth place followed by Louisiana’s first Indian American governor Bobby Jindal under whose watch the US “witnessed one of the largest and smoothest evacuations for Hurricane Gustav”.
Author Salman Rushdie gets the seventh spot for “still penning some wonderful works and he’s a Sir!” with actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan taking the next two spots.
Actor Aamir Khan brings up the rear at the tenth place for his film Ghajini and his directorial debut Taare Zameen Par that was also submitted for the 2009 Oscars.