Actor Aamir Khan has made Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People of 2013. Aamir, who created an international presence with his 2012 TV series Satyamev Jayate, is named as a “pioneer” on the list. Satyamev Jayate examined social and economic issues like female foeticide and medical malpractices and had wide-ranging impact across the country, including promises from state governments to set up fast track courts and Aamir being invited to be part of discussion on medical FDI by a Parliamentary committee.
Composer A R Rahman writes on Time.com : He uses his gifts as a charmer to give his audience the most bitter medicine. Hypnotized, we take it without complaint. That’s Aamir’s magic at work. Satyamev Jayate was not intended to provide solutions but to ask hard questions, the kind society is often reluctant to address. By showing the courage to ask those questions, Aamir has started a movement that will help change the world in which Indians live. Jai ho!
Aamir also features on one of the seven special edition covers of the 2013 Time 100 issue.
Aamir, described by Time as a film star and activist, is not the only Indian on the list. Also named as a “pioneer,” is lawyer Vrinda Grover, one of the leading voices calling for change and justice after the fatal gang-rape of a medical student on board a Delhi bus. Finance minister P Chidambaram makes the list as a “titan.”
The Time 100 list also includes “leaders” Barack Obama and Pope Francis, “pioneer” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, “titans” Jay-Z and Sheryl Sandberg, “icons” Malala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Michelle Obama, Daniel Day-Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Kate Middleton, and “artists” Jennifer Lawrence and Steven Spielberg.