Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan are among the most influential celebrities on social media in the Asia-Pacific region. Other Indian stars who feature in the list include Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, and singers Shreya Ghoshal and Neha Kakkar. The list also includes international stars like Hugh Jackman, South Korean girl band Blackpink, boy band BTS, actor and singer Jay Chou, Lee Min-ho and actors Mahira Khan, singers Atif Aslam, Troye Sivan and many others.
The inaugural list highlights 100 singers, bands and film and TV stars from across the Asia-Pacific region who have taken the digital world by storm.
INDIANS ON THE LIST
The list of most influential celebrities on social media from Asia-Pacific region includes a number of Indian stars. Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar are among those on the top of the list with over 105 million and 131 millions social media followers, respectively. Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit also made it to the list because of their engagement with their fans on different social media platforms.
The Indian celebrities on the list are Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer Singh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Hrithik Roshan, Neha Kakkar, Shahid Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma and Shreya Ghoshal.
WHAT DOES FORBES SAY ABOUT AMITABH BACHCHAN?
Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most senior actors in Bollywood today. The actor has a huge fan following with many ardent fans supporting him for years. The Forbes’ list of most influential celebs in Asia-Pacific region describes him as “A veteran of over 200 movies, Bachchan in May used his star power and 105 million social media followers to help raise $7 million for Covid-19 relief. Over his long career he has held elected office and been the subject of at least 11 biographies.”
ABOUT OTHER CELEBS
While mentioning the names of the celebrities who made it to the list, Forbes also emphasised on the reasons why these celebrities are popular. Akshay Kumar has been called Bollywood’s highest paid actor and also been mentioned to have donated $4 million during the difficult time.
About Shah Rukh Khan, it says that while his last starring role was in 2018, Khan continues to do voice work for films and documentaries and has 106 million social media followers. The article also mentions the actor being honoured by The World Economic Forum in 2018 for championing women’s and children’s rights.
Anushka Sharma has been recognised as a film and television producer, Neha Kakkar’s recent wedding was mentioned in the article and also how it was a big hit with her followers. Alia Bhatt was introduced as ‘part of a Bollywood family dynasty.’