Every year, the coveted magazine Variety unveils the world’s 500 most influential business leaders who are shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry. The list is updated annually and features the accomplishments of the business leaders in the past 12 months. This year, the list includes 12 Indian faces from the entertainment industry including Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Ekta Kapoor amongst others.
Amongst the 12 Indians, Salman Khan’s profile by Variety lists his career ups and downs including his blockbuster films, his Being Human charity, his production house and his hit and run case and other legal troubles. His profile reads, “Salman Khan is one of the unrelated Khan triumvirate comprising Aamir and Shah Rukh that has been ruling the Bollywood box office for decades. Of the top ten grossing films of all time, Salman has three, as does Shah Rukh, while Aamir has four. Unlike his contemporary Khans whose fan bases are staid by comparison, every Salman release generates mass hysteria across India, a frenzy surpassed only by the fans of South Indian superstar Rajinikanth. On a personal front, Salman was exonerated in 2015 on charges of culpable homicide in a 2002 hit and run case but in 2016, the case was admitted in India’s Supreme Court. Also in 2016, a 2006 case where Salman was accused of poaching an endangered species was admitted to the Supreme Court. Salman’s charitable trust Being Human focuses on education and healthcare for the underprivileged.”
Priyanka Chopra’s profile is detailed from her winning the Miss World pageant in 2002 to becoming a successful Bollywood actor. They mention her production house Purple Pebble Pictures and venturing into production, her moving to Hollywood with her TV show Quantico and starring in movies as well. Later, they talk about her philanthropic work and becoming UNICEF’s Global Goodwill Ambassador.
One of the filmmakers mentioned in the list is Karan Johar. His profile reads, “Karan Johar found himself the victim of political tensions between India and Pakistan in 2016 because a political party made capital of him casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and threatened to block the film’s release. Johar arrived at a compromise with the party and had the last laugh when the film proved to be a major box office hit. A much happier experience happened with Koffee with Karan a celebrity talk show hosted by Johar that is in its fifth season on the Star TV network and as popular as ever. Johar’s Dharma Productions, one of India’s leading production houses, remains busy, releasing co-productions Kapoor & Sons, Baar Baar Dekho, and Dear Zindagi, besides Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, with OK Jaanu and Badrinath Ki Dulhania due in 2017.”
The Variety500 also includes Punit Goenka, CEO, and MD of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd; Ekta Kapoor, Joint Managing Director/ Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms; Aditya Chopra, Chairman of Yashraj Films; Kishore Lulla, Executive Chairman/ Producer of Eros International; Uday Shankar, President of 20 Century Fox, Asia/ Chairman & CEO of Star India; Siddharth Kapur, President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd.; Subhash Chandra, Founder / Chairman of Essel group, Mukesh Ambani – Chairman/ Managing Director of Reliance Industries, Anil Ambani – Chairman of Reliance Group.