Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has the ‘Most Followed Account’ and cricket star Virat Kohli has got the ‘Most Engaged Account’ on Instagram, according to the Instagram Awards which have been announced for the first time in India. Kohli has 19.8 million followers as on Monday. His account generated the biggest number of engagements when all likes and comments from the content that he shared in 2017 — except ‘Story’ views and video views — were aggregated. Also Read - Anushka Sharma Shares Funny Video of Virat Kohli, Captions it as, ''Measured Eating''
The list, which acknowledges photo-sharing platform Instagram’s most engaging community members, also recognises Emerging Account and 20 Million Milestones. In the Most Followed Account category, Priyanka Chopra trailed behind Deepika’s 22.4 million followers with a count of 22 million, and Alia Bhatt rounded up the top three with 20.8 million followers. Also Read - Priyanka Chopra to Serve as Ambassador of TIFF This Year, Shares Her 11-Year Journey With Film Festival
Deepika said in a statement: “Staying connected with my fans and loved ones is extremely important to me. I value the love, support and connection I share with them and I hope I continue to remain true and authentic.” Also Read - Sushnat Singh Rajput, One Last Time! Priyanka Chopra Shares Dil Bechara Trailer, Says 'Celebration of Love, Friendship, Life'
Actor Ishaan Khatter, who will be seen in “Dhadak”, has been named for India’s ‘Emerging Account’ for growing his fanbase on Instagram significantly throughout 2017. For Ishaan, Instagram is his most loved social media platform. ALSO READ: Not Rannvijay Singha, Zareen Khan To Host MTV Troll Police
He said in a statement, “It’s a non-stop source for inspiration from people and personalities all over the world. I find it especially enjoyable because it’s about connecting through pictures and videos. On a more personal note, it’s almost like a time machine for your memories and a way to immortalise your favourite moments,” adding that, “It’s lovely connecting with others through this medium and I look forward to being inspired and hopefully inspiring more people in the future, too.” Alia also got a ‘milestone plaque’ with Shraddha Kapoor in recognition for building a community of 20 million followers.