Time and again, Deepika Padukone’s unparalleled popularity, wide global appeal, and unbeatable stardom have put India on the global map, and now the actor has added another feather to her cap by joining the elite club of global figures who’ve had the honor of featuring on the prestigious and highly respected, Time magazine. However, do you know that before Deepika Several, other Bollywood celebrities had also been on the Time cover, yes, you heard it, right? From Aishwarya Rai to Priyanka Chopra, Here is the list of
Indian Celebrities Who Were Featured On The Cover Of Time Magazine
1. Parveen Babi
In 1976, Parveen Babi, the actress, and model, was the first Indian actor to appear on the cover of Time magazine. She was seen in a beautiful dark outfit with pearls on it on the TIME’s cover.
2. Aishwarya Rai
The cover then featured Miss World Aishwarya Rai in 2003. She was called ‘the new face of the film leading the invasion as Bollywood goes global and gets hip.’ When asked about her foray into Hollywood, the actor stated, “For a long time, I was skeptical. But now I’m realizing it might be for real.”
3. Shah Rukh Khan
The King Khan of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, came next on the cover in 2004 when he gave three consecutive great films: Swades, Veer Zaara and Main Hoon Na. Moreover, he was featured among ‘Asia’s heroes: 20 under 40′. “India’s hottest idol is an everyday guy.”
4. Aamir Khan
In 2012 and 2013, Aamir Khan appeared twice on the Time Magazine cover. The edition was titled ‘Khan’s Quest’, and Aamir spoke about the role of an entertainer: “It’s to bring grace to society, to affect the way people think, to make the social fabric stronger.” Aamir was also featured as one of the world’s 100 most influential people on the magazine cover in 2013.
Moreover, the Singer and music composer AR Rahman wrote, “In a world of false diplomacy and evasiveness, Aamir is a straightforward man. A man of his word. His movies are commercial successes — Lagaan was nominated for an Academy Award — but they also display a sense of social responsibility.”
5. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra’s turn to grace the cover of Time in 2016. Dwayne Johnson, her co-star in Baywatch, stated, “She has drive, ambition, self-respect, and she knows there’s no substitute for hard work. We always quote the saying, ‘Wear your success like a T-shirt, not like a tuxedo,’ and she does—as big a star as she is, as global as she is, as beautiful as she is, there’s this interesting quality of relatability.”
6. Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone being the sixth and the latest Indian celebrity to appear on the Time magazine cover, is a testament to her hard work and incredible contribution to the industry. After making India proud at the Fifa World Cup and then Oscars 2023, she went on to mark her presence on the cover of the prestigious TIME magazine.
These were the six celebrities who added a significant milestone to their careers while getting featured in the globally popular Time magazine. The legacy started by the legendary actress Praveen Babi has now been carried forward by Deepika Padukone. With time we can’t wait to watch who will be the next one to embrace the cover of Time magazine.