Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana been named among world’s 100 most influential people by the Time Magazine. The actor took to Instagram on Wednesday to share how “honoured” he was to be a part of the group.
He wrote on Instagram, “TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world is out, I’m honored to be a part of this group: time.com/time100 @TIME #TIME100.”
The 36-year-old actor is listed under Artists, which also includes Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, actor Michael B Jordan, Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and musicians Jennifer Hudson and Selena Gomez, among others.
Deepika Padukone penned a long introduction for Ayushmann in the magazine. She lauded Ayushmann for not falling into the trap of stereotypical masculinity and ‘transformed into characters’ that challenge those stereotypes.
“I remember Ayushmann Khurrana vividly from his debut film, Vicky Donor. He had, of course, been a part of the entertainment industry in various other ways for several years before that, but the reason you and I talk about him today is because of the impact he has been able to create through memorable films and iconic characters. Where male protagonist roles often fall into the trap of stereotypical masculinity, Ayushmann has successfully and convincingly transformed into characters who challenge those very stereotypes.”
She added: “In India, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, only a tiny percentage of people see their dreams come alive, and Ayushmann Khurrana is one of them. You’re probably wondering, How? Talent and hard work. Sure, that goes without saying. But more important, patience, perseverance and fearlessness. A little insight for those who dare to dream.”
Ayushmann had made his debut in Vicky Donor, and is known for fearless choice of roles.