Deepika Padukone has been named as one of the ‘Most Influential People in the World’ by Time magazine. She is the only Indian female actor to be featured on the annual list celebrating the biggest achievers of the year.
On the TIME website, Vin Diesel writes for Deepika, “When Deepika Padukone came in to read for one of the Fast and the Furious films, I knew instantly I was in the presence of someone very special. As soon as she entered the room, there was a synchronicity, a synergy, a chemistry—it promised great things to come. Her schedule didn’t work for that movie, but I never gave up. She was the first role we cast in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. She said, ‘I want to do this movie, but if I do, you have to come to India.’ Thank God I made that deal.”
Times 100 is a lift of one the most influential people.
TIME said a record 45 people on this list are under 40 — including the 14-year-old Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown.