Later this month, Forbes India will release their list of the 100 Most Influential Celebrities from the world of Indian entertainment. The Celebrity 100 covers not just actors and actresses, but models, authors, sportspeople, musicians and television stars.
A number of familiar Southern faces have been included in a list of over 250 celebrities to make it into the final 100. Bollywood star Vidya Balan (who is of South Indian origin) is on this list, alongside Southern actors Madhavan, Kamal Haasan, Suriya, Nagarjuna, Prithviraj, Mohanlal, Vikram, Simbu and Superstar Rajinikanth. A number of actresses from the Southern industries, including Trisha Krishnan, Ileana D’Cruz, Shruti Haasan, Nayanthara, Taapsee Pannu and Tamannah Bhatia are also on the list. In the producer/director section, award-winning director Mani Ratnam is joined by Aishwarya R Dhanush, Shankar and Linguswamy amongst others.
It goes without saying that AR Rahman is featured among the musicians, as are Benny Dayal and Carnatic legend Dr M. Balamuralikrishna.
We can’t wait to see who will make the final 100? Who do you think should definitely be on the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list?