Shah Rukh Khan tops TIME magazine’s annual readers’ poll, beats the likes of Lionel Messi and Prince Harry-Meghan Markle

Shah Rukh Khan is the undisputed Badshah of Bollywood and he proved this once again with the stupendous success of his last release, Pathaan. The film marked a comeback for SRK who was on a hiatus of sorts after Zero (2018)’s debacle and is the first release in four years. Now, the actor has emerged as the winner of a leading magazine’s reader poll.

SRK has become the winner of the 2023 TIME100 poll, in which readers voted for individuals/groups they felt deserved a spot on TIME’s annual list of the most influential people across the world. As per the publication, more than 1.2 million votes were cast and SRK earned 4% of the votes. He beat popular names like Serena Williams, Michelle Yeoh, Lionel Messi, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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The second place on the poll went to the Iranian women who are protesting for their rights, garnering 3% of the votes. The women also won the magazine’s 2022 Person of the Year reader poll. In third place, with 2% of votes were the healthcare workers who’ve been at the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic since 2020. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earned the fourth spot with 1.9% votes.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Shah Rukh will next be seen in Atlee’s Jawan. The film also stars Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi, marking their Hindi film debut. It is slated to release in cinemas on June 2, 2023. He will also be seen in Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki with Taapsee Pannu, which will release during Christmas this year. He will also reunite with Salman Khan for Siddharth Anand’s Tiger vs Pathaan, which is slated to go on floors in January 2024.

(Source: TIME Magazine)