A UK-based British Asian newspaper named several Pakistani celebrities, including Sajal Ali, Atif Aslam and Bilal Abbas, to its list of the 50 best Asian celebrities in the world for 2021.
Sajal, ranked seventh, is the only Pakistani national in the top 10, having surpassed global stars, including some from Hollywood, the music industry, television, literature and social media, as her performances in several recent dramas and a web series her in the spotlight.
“It is a great honor for me to be included in the top 10. The challenges that Covid-19 brought with itself continued into 2021, but that did not stop me from working hard,” a Sajal said about this honor.
âIn fact, 2021 has been one of my busiest years with two films and two dramas in a row. As we move closer to 2022, I would like to take this moment to reiterate my commitment to my profession and I would like to ensure my fans around the world, there are more exciting projects to see in 2022. ”
It’s relevant to mention that the list is curated by those who have done an amazing job, made a positive impact, broken boundaries, shattered glass ceilings, garnered fan attention, or just inspired in their own way.
Audience input also played a role, as countless posts were generated by social media users naming their favorite.
Other Pakistanis on the list included Atif Aslam (25), Hadiqa Kiani (30), Yumna Zaidi (35) and Bilal Abbas Khan (39).
Showbiz reporter Asjad Nazir, who compiled the list, told the reporter that Sajal has become an icon for a new generation.
“The prolific actress has gone from being the crown princess of Pakistani entertainment to being the undisputed queen. Her work in the web, television, film and music video space in 2021 confirms this,” Asjad said.
âSajal is breaking new ground for Pakistani actresses with roles she takes on as her first major international project and sets a new benchmark with incredible performances. She leads the way and others follow in her footsteps.
Meanwhile, at the top of the list was India’s biggest pan-Indian star Prabhas for changing the face of the world’s biggest film industry, dethroning Bollywood, and its secret philanthropic work.
Pakistani Briton Riz Ahmed came in second for his groundbreaking work in Hollywood, including becoming the first Muslim to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, starring in the big-budget film Encounter and speaking out against Islamophobia.
Third, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, who remains the most famous Indian on the planet.
Mindy Kaling, fourth, who remains Hollywood’s biggest South Asian actor, has developed several projects and is a strong symbol for working mothers.
Top ranked singer, Shreya Ghoshal (5) has delivered more hit songs in multiple languages ââthan anyone.
Pakistan-born American actor Kumail Nanjiani (6) broke the ultimate cinematic glass ceiling playing a superhero in the big-budget Hollywood film The Eternals.
The rest of the top 10 are half-Indian British pop superstar Charli XCX (8), British actor Dev Patel (9) and India’s fastest rising star Shehnaaz Gill (10).