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Diljit Dosanjh on UK’s 2023 South Asian celebrity list with Shah Rukh on top

Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra on second and third spots

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Diljit Dosanjh on UK’s 2023 South Asian celebrity list with Shah Rukh on top

London: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, referred to as the King Khan of the Indian film industry, has topped a UK list of the ‘Top 50 Asian Celebrities in the World’.

The 58-year-old actor, who had double box-office success this year with action thrillers ‘Pathaan’ and ‘Jawan’, is currently preparing for the Christmas release of comedy drama ‘Dunki’. Khan beat off tough competition to make it to the annual list published by UK weekly Eastern Eye on Friday.

“By the time 2023 ends, King Khan will become the first leading man from the modern era to have three huge Bollywood blockbuster hits in a calendar year,” said Eastern Eye entertainment editor Asjad Nazir, who compiled the list previewed in London on Wednesday.

“By drawing big audiences back into cinema halls with global juggernauts, the actor gave a movie industry in decline a much-needed boost and had a transformative effect. The history making superstar eclipsed everyone else with his brilliance and reminded global audiences what escapist Bollywood cinema is capable of,” he said.

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The Top 50 list celebrating South Asian stars who shone the brightest in 2023 is based on their impactful work, breaking boundaries and being generally inspiring over the course of the year. It is compiled as a result of public inputs, with readers and social media users nominating their favourites.

Popular actor Alia Bhatt came in second for her impact in Bollywood and Hollywood and also for being a strong role model for working mothers.

Third-placed Priyanka Chopra Jonas, the most famous Indian on the planet, has been recognised for her ground-breaking work on the international stage, including with big-budget series ‘Citadel’, Hollywood film ‘Love Again’, humanitarian work and lighting up the red carpet globally.

Fourth-placed Diljit Dosanjh confirmed his place as the biggest Punjabi star, with stunning work as an actor and singer, which included cinema, major crossover international music collaborations and a path-breaking performance at the prestigious Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California.

Fifth-placed Charli XCX from the UK was the biggest singing star internationally of a South Asian heritage and accomplished a lot this year, from super single releases to blockbuster live performances globally.

She is followed by Ranbir Kapoor (sixth) for delivering the year’s most impactful movie performance with blockbuster hit ‘Animal’.

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