Z level security, VIP entry, lavish homes, celebrity status – there’s no denying the fact that Bollywood celebrities are often the most powerful people in our country!
But that’s not the kind of power we’re talking about here. We have handpicked 9 Bollywood celebs in 2017 who are powerful because of their work and made it big without any father figure.
From box office collection to fastest selling books, these celebs will make you swell with pride because when they came, they conquered.
- Priyanka Chopra
I should thank my mom and dad for this award…lol! It’s purely my genetics and your optics.. and a big thank you for the immense love you guys give me every single time which has put me on top of the list 5 times over. Thank you #EasternEye… you do know how to flatter a girl! @asjadnazir #AsjadNazirSexyList2017 #worldssexiestasianwomen2017
Priyanka entered the Hindi film industry after winning the Miss World title in 2000. She made a mark in Bollywood with films like Aitraaz, Fashion, Barfi, Mary Kom and then turned to Hollywood to explore acting opportunities. Since then, there has been no looking back. Although she made her mark in 2013 with the music video Exotic but this year changed everything for her in the West.
She made her Hollywood movie debut with Baywatch. Not just that, this year Priyanka’s broke the internet with her Met Gala appearance where she wore the famous trench coat and then there were the Emmys. Forbes listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017. She has completed her next Hollywood film A Kid Like Jake, the film adaptation of Daniel Pearle’s play directed by Silas Howard and Todd Strauss-Schulson’s romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic? opposite Liam Hemsworth, Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine.
- Deepika Padukone
Her first project in Hollywood came with the action film xXx: Return of Xander Cage this year and since then she has been soaring high. Padukone even received three Teen Choice Award nominations, including Choice Action Movie Actress and Choice Breakout Movie Star. As of 2017, Deepika Padukone is the highest-paid actress in India beating Priyanka Chopra. From walking at Cannes to featuring in Ellen Degenres, Deepika had an eventful year.
What more! Padukone is starring in Sanjay leela Bhansali’s period drama flick Padmavati which had to release on December 1.
However, everything got postponed after right-wing Hindu groups speculated that the film portrayed a romantic liaison between Padmavati, a Rajput queen, and the Muslim warrior Alauddin Khilji. Amidst violent protests by these groups, a bounty was placed to behead Padukone and Bhansali, and the release of the film was deferred by the Central Board of Film Certification.
- Sanjay Leela Bhansali
During the shooting of the film in January this year in Jaipur, the members of Shri Rajput Karni Sena protested at the sets at Jaigarh Fort and physically attacked Bhansali and his crew members, alleging that he depicted wrong facts in the film Padmavati.
On 6 March 2017, these members again vandalized the Chittor Fort sets and broke the mirrors installed in the palace of Rani Padmini. Since then the cast and crew have been attacked several times by the protesters.
Current status: His movie has been postponed indefinitely but he is still fighting and Padmavati will hopefully see the release in February. He shook the nation as BJP too had to intervene and Bollywood celebrities came together in support of the filmmaker. He even released his video on Facebook clearing the air that there is no romantic scene between Rani Padmini and Khilji.
- Vidya Balan
Sadly, fat shaming is still not a thing of the past. Vidya Balan slammed a journalist on camera this year who asked her if she would lose weight for a glamourous role. Without losing her cool, Vidya Balan had a fitting response, “It will be very nice if you can change your mindset about women than asking such questions. I’m happy with the kind of roles I’m doing. What’s the connection between women-centric roles and weight loss?” This is something which needs to be addressed in 2017 and we are glad Vidya took it upon herself to tell people that. More power to her.
- Kangana Ranaut
Kangana for Mr. India 2017 today 😍 Outfit: @bibhumohapatra Shoes: @tomford Hair: @divya.naik25 Makeup: @loveleen_ramchandani Styled by @stylebyami @shnoy09 📸: @gandhikushal – #kanganaranaut #bollywood
She is considered a sex symbol and style icon of India. Kangana left her mark after Queen’s phenomenal success. But in 2017 after she came back with Rangoon after her 1 year long absence. People were looking forward to the film but right before the release, Kangana made some massive confessions on Aap Ki Adalat.
Kangana Ranaut’s bare-all interview on Aap Ki Adalat was full of startling revelations about her relationship with Hrithik Roshan. The Queen actor, for the first time, spoke her heart out, even getting teary eyed at times, about what she went through when her personal life was made public by the Roshan family. Never in the history has any A-lister come out and spoken against another actor. She was bold, she was honest and unapologetic clearly making her super powerful.
6. Kareena Kapoor Khan
New mother Bebo came out of her postpartum faster, stronger and leaner. She inspired new and pregnant mommies. The Begum of Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor Khan has been breaking all stereotypes post-delivery, just as much as she did throughout her pregnancy. The 36-year-old actress who turned mommy for the first time on December 20, 2016 has been following a dedicated workout regime to lose those extra kilos of post-pregnancy weight. According to reports, it is said that Kareena has dropped close to 18 kilos for her next film Veere Di Wedding.
- Rohit Shetty
The MAGIC has worked and how! 😍 Thank you all for making #GolmaalAgain what it is today & don’t forget to watch it AGAIN! (Link in bio) @ajaydevgn @itsrohitshetty @parineetichopra @arshad_warsi @tusshark89 @khemster2 @shreyastalpade27 @neilnitinmukesh @prakashraj_official @imsanjaimishra #JohnyLever #RohitShettyPicturez @reliance.entertainment @manglmurtifilms
Despite restricted screens, controlled count of shows and competition from another major release [Secret Superstar], Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Again has had the BIGGEST opening of 2017! Yes, you read it right. The film has defied all odds and lived up to its hype making Rohit Shetty the most powerful person at the box office. Yet again.
- Twinkle Khanna
From her controversial Karvachauth tweet to her upcoming film Padman and her Sunday blogs on TOI have made her a superstar in its own right. Her sense of humour and wit makes TWINKLE KHANNA the thinking woman’s girl crush. She’s totally the poster child for rediscovering yourself in your forties and achieving a successful second act. She is the opinion maker of the year and that’s what makes her powerful.
Most Beautiful Pic @virat.kohli @anushkasharma Love You Both 😍 😘 #virat #kohli #viratkohli #sports #cricket #cricketer #captainviratkohli #captainvk #captainkohli #bollywood #actress #anushka #sharma #anushkasharma #Virushka #virushka
Last but not the least, this list is incomplete if we don’t have the newly married couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. The duo took everyone by surprise by getting married secretly in Italy on December 11.
In one of the most-awaited weddings in tinsel town and the playing fields, the two got married in a private event, attended by close family members and friends and took everyone by surprise. Both of them wore Sabyasachi and the fans were waiting for the minutest details, from their first pictures, menu, venue to the grand traditional Hindu wedding.