India’s 10 Most Influential Entertainers, 2020

Sulagna D
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Compiling the definitive list of the who's who of a country as diverse as India is not easy. But the influence these personalities have over the entertainment industry extends beyond their immediate projects.

Check out the methodology of how the list was compiled at the end of this piece.

1. Akshay Kumar (born Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia on September 9, 1967) is an India-born naturalised Canadian actor, producer, martial artist and television personality who works in Bollywood.

2. Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan (born December 27, 1965) is an Indian film actor, producer and television personality.

3. Kangana Ranaut (born March 23, 1987) is an Indian actress and filmmaker who works in Hindi films.

4. Karan Kumar Johar (born Rahul Kumar Johar on May 25, 1972), also referred to as KJo, is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who works in Hindi films.

5. Ayushmann Khurrana (born Nishant Khurrana September 14, 1984) is an Indian actor, singer, and television host.

6. Amitabh Bachchan (born Inquilaab Srivastava on October 11, 1942) is an Indian film actor, film producer, television host, occasional playback singer and former politician.

7. Anushka Sharma (born May 1, 1988) is an Indian actress and producer who works in Hindi films. She is also married to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli.

8. Ekta Kapoor (born June 7, 1975) is an Indian television producer, film producer and director, joint MD and creative head of Balaji Telefilms Limited. She’s the daughter of veteran actor Jeetendra.

9. Pankaj Tripathi (born September 5, 1976) is an Indian actor who appears predominantly in Hindi films. He has had a huge impact on film buffs through his superb roles and acting ability.

10. Jaideep Ahlawat (born February 8, 1978) is an Indian film and television actor, and the current toast of viewers who love serials on streaming platforms.


Note: Personalities in this list have been recognised on the basis of their influence over the Hindi film industry, the OTT, streaming platforms, their fans and people in general, and also the change they have brought about.

The final list was compiled by Yahoo editors by taking into account the aforementioned points and also factors such as the social media influence these stars wield, their popularity, their impact on Bollywood and society, their newsworthiness, the general power they possess to make things happen, and readers’ polls.

This list looks at the ‘10 most influential entertainers in India’. Other lists will rank business leaders, sportspeople, politicians, media-persons and personalities from the civil society.

Look out for these in the coming days. Like all such rankings, these too are subjective and open to debate.

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