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Ayushmann Khurrana: The Only Indian Actor To Feature in TIME’s 100 Most Influential List

The poster boy of content cinema in India, Ayushmann Khurrana with this progressive character and social change stimulating movies has made it to the most prestigious ‘TIME’s 100 most influential people’ list of 2020.

Not only Ayushman is among the only three global actors featured in the TIME list of influential people, but he also is the youngest Indian to be featured in this year’s TIME Magazine. No Indian artists could make it to the magazine’s global list last year.

The versatile Bollywood star with his selection of films as well as stand on social issues has become a youth icon. Instead of breaking the villain’s jaws as any Bollywood hero is expected to do, he breaks stereotypes of masculinity forced by cinema on its audience since ages. Today, people refer to his brand of socially relevant and clutter-breaking cinema as ‘The Ayushmann Khurrana Genre’.

“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.” writes Deepika Padukone (Times 100, 2018) for the actor in the magazine.

This sums up the  journey of a middle class Chandigarh boy with his eyes full of dreams and an empty pocket towards being a thought leader in the largest cinema industry of the world. A sperm donor, a gay lover trying to win his partner’s parents, a husband reluctant of his obese wife or a small town man trying to cope with baldness. Ayushmann can be anyone or everyone in the audience.

The internet is celebrating the actor and his win as a victory for content driven cinema in the commercially lost Bollywood. It is the win for the one who dares to dream.

Other personalities from film and television who find a place in the list include American comedian, actor, and writer Ali Wong (Always Be My Maybe), Oscar winning South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), British writer-actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), and American actor Michael B Jordan (Creed, Black Panther).

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