Shah Rukh Khan, the renowned Bollywood actor, has emerged as the winner of the 2023 TIME100 Reader Poll, beating numerous international celebrities. This accolade comes after a successful year for the actor, with his movie Pathaan breaking all possible records at the box office and becoming the highest grossing Hindi film ever.
The TIME100 Reader Poll is a platform for readers of the magazine to vote for their favorite personality. Among the list of contenders were renowned individuals such as Lionel Messi and Mark Zuckerberg. Shah Rukh Khan secured the top spot with over 1.2 million votes, accounting for 4% of the total votes in the poll.
The second position was claimed by the Iranian women who were protesting against the hijab controversy, who received 3% of the total votes in the poll.
Shah Rukh Khan had been on a hiatus after a series of underperforming movies at the box office. However, his stunning comeback with Pathaan not only rejuvenated his career but also provided a much-needed boost to the Hindi film industry, which has been facing a difficult time since the pandemic.
Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan is the winner of the 2023 TIME100 reader poll https://t.co/wJnecFRaMN
— TIME (@TIME) April 7, 2023
The actor’s next project is Atlee Kumar’s Jawaan, which is his first PAN India film. The movie also stars Vijay Sethupathi, Nayantara, and Sanjay Dutt, with a cameo appearance from Thalapathy Vijay.
The TIME100 Reader Poll win is yet another feather in Shah Rukh Khan’s cap, cementing his position as one of the most popular and influential celebrities not just in India, but around the world.