Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has been named the number one Asian celebrity on the planet for 2020. Sonu topped the 50 Asian Celebrities In The World list, published by the UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper.
The actor has been honoured for his philanthropic activities during the Covid-induced lockdown, especially helping migrant workers reach their hometowns.
Talking about the same, Sonu Sood shared: "Thank you, Eastern Eye, for recognising my efforts. As the pandemic broke, I realised it was my duty to help my countrymen, it was an instinct that came from within. Eventually, this was something I came to Mumbai for, it was my responsibility as an Indian which I did and I won't stop till my last breath."
Other Indian personalities from the world of cinema, music and fashion who feature in the list this year include Armaan Malik at fifth position, Priyanka Chopra at sixth, Telugu superstar Prabhas at seventh, Ayushmann Khurrana (11), Diljit Dosanjh (14), Shehnaaz Gill (16), Amitabh Bachchan (20), Pankaj Tripathi (23), Asim Riaz (25), designer Masaba Gupta (32), comedian Saloni Gaur (36), Dhvani Bhanushali (42), Helly Shah (47) and Anoushka Shankar (50).
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Sonu Sood emerged as the messiah of migrants during the lockdown. Though the things are normalizing at a slow pace, Sonu continues to contribute towards the welfare of the poor and those in need.
To honor his contribution towards humanity, recently, Sarat Chandra IAS Academy, Sarat Chandra Degree College, and Sarat Chandra Junior College in Andhra Pradesh decided to name its Arts and Humanities department after the name of the actor.
The actor was also honoured with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in September for helping thousands of migrant workers reach home during lockdown.
He also had launched an initiative to provide full scholarships for higher education to students facing financial challenges. His list of good works also include helping people from flood-hit areas in Bihar to get employment. As reported, the actor offered jobs to around 250 people from the state.
(With Agency Inputs)