The list of Time 100 Influential People in the World is out. Interestingly, Deepika Padukone is the only Indian female actor to feature in it.

Vin Diesel, who was Deepika Padukone’s co-star in ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’, wrote that she “isn’t just a star,” but “an actor’s actor, dedicated to the craft.”

One of the most influential women

TIME editors have said of the list in the past, “The TIME 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful, though those are not mutually exclusive terms. While power is certain, influence is subtle. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.”

Padmaavat

Deepika delivered a stellar performance this year with the epic drama ‘Padmaavat where she played the lead role.

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Hollywood Stint

Deepika left her mark in the West in 2017 with her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The movie also starred Vin Diesel.

One of the highest paid actors

With 18 brands in her portfolio, she is one of the highest paid actors in Indian cinema today.  Besides that, her growing popularity can also be credited to a strong social media presence.

Mental Health crusader

Deepika has also taken up issues close to her heart. She has played an active role in spreading awareness about mental health and why it is important to speak about it. Having battled depression herself, she has been relentlessly working towards creating awareness with her NGO The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLF).

Other Indians on the List

Apart from Padukone the Indian Men’s Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli and Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal also feature on this year’s TIME list.  Priyanka Chopra got featured on the list in 2016. In fact, she also appeared on the cover of the issue. And Prime Minister Modi had made it to the coveted list in 2015.

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