'Desi' girl Priyanka Chopra in Time's list of 100 Most Influential People
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's name has been featured in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in the World along with tennis ace Sania Mirza, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and founders of Flipkart Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal.
Priyanka, who came into the limelight in the West playing the lead role in popular American TV series "Quantico", has also graced one of the six cover pages of the magazine.
Other big names from the entertainment industry whose names have been featured in the list include Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, British singer Adele, comedian Aziz Ansari, actor Gael García Bernal, actor Idris Elba, singer Ariana Grande, actress Taraji P. Henson, filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, actor Oscar Isaac, reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, actor Dwayne Johnson, model Karlie Kloss, rapper Kendrick Lamar, actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress Melissa McCarthy, actress Gina Rodriguez, actor Mark Rylance, and actress Charlize Theron.
Speaking about Priyanka, her 'Baywatch' co-star Dwayne Johnson said: "Before ever meeting Priyanka Chopra, I had heard her name coming out of Bollywood and was impressed: she was beautiful, talented, had made nearly 50 movies, earned multiple awards -- a massive star. When we connected around the time she started 'Quantico', we immediately hit it off. She has drive, ambition, self-respect, and she knows there’s no substitute for hard work."
Johnson further shared that he feels himself “lucky enough” to be working with Priyanka in “Baywatch”.
“It’s an amazing time to watch as she pierces the US market. She has an ability to inspire people to do more and achieve more. When I look at her success from the 50,000 feet view and see everything that Priyanka has already done, is currently doing and has the desire and the bandwidth to do, I can see that her impact is going to be invaluable,” Johnson said.
This year's list also includes Pope Francis, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla, Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama, French President François Hollande, Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, her Republican rival Ted Cruz, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
(With inputs from agencies)