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Shah Rukh Khan tops 2023 TIME100 reader poll

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
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Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has secured the top position in Time Magazine’s poll for its annual TIME100 list.

In the poll, the magazine readers vote for the individuals they believe deserve a spot on TIME’s annual list of the most influential people.

According to the American publication, over 1.2 million votes were cast in the poll with Shah Rukh receiving 4%.

The 57-year-old actor is currently riding high on the success of Pathaan, which became a runaway blockbuster at the global box office after it released in January. The movie, a mega comeback vehicle for Shah Rukh after his absence from leading man roles for more than four years, has earned over ₹1,000 crores worldwide.

The second spot went to the Iranian women protesting for greater freedoms from the country’s Islamic regime, garnering 3% of the vote.

Iran has been hit by protests since the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Amini was detained in September by Iran’s morality police, who said she didn’t properly cover her hair with the mandatory Islamic headscarf hijab. She collapsed at a police station and died three days later. The Iranian women were also recognised in TIME’s 2022 Heroes of the Year and also won last year’s Person of the Year reader poll.

With 1.9% vote share, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle came third and fourth on the poll. The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex made headlines in January after the release of his memoir Spare, in which Prince Harry wrote about intimate aspects of Britain’s royal family.

Messi, who steered Argentina to World Cup glory in an epic final against France last year in Qatar, is at the fifth spot with 1.8% of the vote. He won the World Cup at his record-equalling fifth attempt.

Other stars and noteworthy figures who featured on the poll included Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh, former tennis player Serena Williams, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

According to the outlet, its editors will reveal their choices for the 2023 TIME100 list on April 13.

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