Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actress to feature in the Time 100 Influential People in the World, sharing space with names like Nicole Kidman, Greta Gerwig and Lena Waithe.
In the Time magazine, international star Vin Diesel, Padukone’s co-star in her Hollywood debut xXx: Return of Xander Cage has penned words of appreciation for her.
“Making that movie, Deepika took committed to a whole other level. That’s who she is as a performer. She wants the whole movie to shine, which is a rare thing.
“Anyone could talk about how beautiful she is, and anyone could tell you about her unmatched comedic timing. But she isn’t just a star. She’s an actor’s actor, dedicated to the craft,” Diesel wrote.
Padukone scored a success at the box office this year with the epic drama Padmaavat in which she played the title role.
One of the highest paid actors of Indian cinema today, she has 18 brands in her portfolio and has a strong social media presence.
Apart from her work as an artiste, Padukone’s philanthropic side has seen her spreading awareness on the condition of mental illness. She has spoken about her battle with depression and has been working towards creating awareness with her NGO The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLF).
Meanwhile, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli also made the cut to feature on the list.
The Time magazine list also features actress Meghan Markle, who will become a British royal family member upon her wedding to Prince Harry next month. Time added that a record 45 people on the list are under 40 — including the youngest designer ever, the 14-year-old actor Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things.