Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has made to this year’s Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People. The Andhadhun actor is listed along with the artists, which also includes Korean filmmaker Boon Joon-on, Michael B Jordan, Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and musicians Jennifer Hudson and Selena Gomez among others.Also Read - Deepika Padukone Recalls Battling Depression And How Her Mother Realised 'The Crying Wasn't Usual'
Actor Deepika Padukone, who was listed in 2018, has written a long note for the actor, that reads, “I remember Ayushmann Khurrana vividly from his debut film, Vicky Donor. He had, of course, been a part of the entertainment industry in various other ways for several years before that, but the reason you and I talk about him today is because of the impact he has been able to create through memorable films and iconic characters. Where male protagonist roles often fall into the trap of stereotypical masculinity, Ayushmann has successfully and convincingly transformed into characters who challenge those very stereotypes. In India, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, only a tiny percentage of people see their dreams come alive, and Ayushmann Khurrana is one of them. You’re probably wondering, How? Talent and hard work. Sure, that goes without saying. But more important, patience, perseverance and fearlessness. A little insight for those who dare to dream.” Also Read - Ayushmann Khurrana Shares First Look of Doctor G, Fans Call Him 'Indian Harry Potter'
Ayushmann said in a statement, “I’m truly humbled with the recognition that TIME has bestowed on me. As an artiste, I have only looked to contribute towards bringing a positive change in society through cinema and this moment is a huge validation of my belief system and my journey. I have always believed that cinema has the power to bring about change by triggering the right conversations among people and society. Hopefully, through my content choices, I have been able to contribute towards my country and countrymen.” Also Read - Fighter Starring Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan Goes on Floor, Netizens Can't Control Happiness
Meanwhile, on the work front, he is prepping for his new project, a film directed by Abhishek Kapoor, in which he plays the role of a cross-functional athlete.