WEB DESK: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has made India proud once again. Her name has been featured in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list alongside Tennis sensation Sania Mirza, Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and singer Nicki Minaj, among others.
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.
Time presented its annual list online on Thursday, naming the most influential people worldwide, including artists and leaders to pioneers, titans and icons.
The tennis ace not only received the accolade but it was none other than cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar who wrote her profile.
Tendulkar wrote, “Sania’s confidence, strength and resilience reach beyond tennis. She has inspired a generation of Indians to pursue their dreams — and to realise that they can also be the best.”
“The Mirzas probably knew what the future held for their daughter,” wrote Tendulkar. “Her name, Sania, means brilliant,” he added.
Mirza, the only tennis player on the list, made history in 2015 when she became the first Indian woman to achieve a No.1 ranking in tennis, win a Grand Slam and claim a second WTA Finals title. With her massively successful doubles partnership with Martina Hingis, she has not just produced spectacular tennis, she’s inspired a generation of Indians.
She thanked for the honor via twitter account:
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) April 21, 2016
Other big names from the entertainment industry whose names have been featured in the list include 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.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 21, 2016
Her Baywatch costar Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson told Time, “She has an ability to inspire people to do more and achieve more. She has drive, ambition, self-respect, and she knows there’s no substitute for hard work.”