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Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra named in Variety’s 500 most influential list

Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra were named among a handful of Indian’s in Variety’s list of the 500 most influential people in the world of entertainment.

bollywood Updated: Jul 23, 2018 17:28 IST
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Actor Salman Khan arrives at the Eid party organised by his sister Arpita Khan, in Mumbai.(IANS)

Billionaire Ambani brothers Mukesh and Anil and Bollywood superstars Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra are among the dozen Indians named in Variety magazine’s list of 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry.

Other Indians in the list include writer-director Karan Johar, Star India CEO Uday Shankar, Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra, Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films, Balaji Telefilms’ Ekta Kapoor, Zee Entertainment CEO Punit Goenka and Siddharth Kapur of The Film and Television Producers Guild of India Ltd.

“Variety500 is an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry,” Variety said on its website. “Updated annually, the Variety500 reflects the accomplishments of its members over the previous 12 months. They were selected by the Variety editorial board, which conducted extensive research for its selections.”

Topping the list is Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger, who “has a strong track record for taking savvy risks” with big-ticket acquisitions like $4.05 billion for Star Wars owner Lucasfilm in 2012, $4 billion for Marvel in 2009 and $7.4 for Pixar Animation in 2006 paying off handsomely.

Wanda Media Group Chairman Jainlin Wang, actor producer Bradley Cooper, Sony Corp Chairman Kaz Hirai, writer J K Rowling, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, pop star Beyonce, writer and director Patty Jenkins, Megal Ellison of Annapurna Pictures and Youtube CEO Susann Wojcicki also feature in the list.

Salman Khan, Variety said, is one of the unrelated Khan triumvirate comprising Aamir and Shah Rukh that has been ruling the Bollywood box office for decades. Of the top ten grossing films of all time, Salman has three, as does Shah Rukh, while Aamir has four.

“Unlike his contemporary Khans whose fan bases are staid by comparison, every Salman release generates mass hysteria across India, a frenzy surpassed only by the fans of South Indian superstar Rajinikanth,” it said.

Priyanka Chopra, Indian Bollywood actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, during an interview with The Associated Press in Dhaka. (AP)

On Priyanka Chopa, Variety said she had envisioned an engineering career but changed direction after winning the 2000 Miss World Pageant.

“Aditya Chopra is an enigmatic and influential figure in the Indian media industry that refuses to be voluntarily photographed and yet is responsible for content that influences millions,” it said. “As a producer, Chopra has the deciding word in the greenlighting process, and this has held true for the 60 odd projects that he has produced.”

Salman and Priyanka will share the screen for the first time in the upcoming film, Bharat.

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First Published: Jul 23, 2018 17:28 IST