This whole Most Powerful Person in Bollywood type khitaab that Yash Chopra snagged at the Filmfare Awards had me thinking: who is on Bollywood's power list?
There is a straightforward way of figuring this out, of course. Unfortunately I have no way of knowing the exact haphta ki rakam these people are paying to Chhota Babloo or whoever is the extortionist du jour. But that would have given me an instant top 10 list.
So I wanted to see if anyone would be kind enough to give us suggestions on who should figure on this list.
I'll define some loose criteria (feel free to add your own).
- The person has to have clout and wield it in Bollywood to get things done, like getting a pet project financed. Or launching a new label. For example, John-Bips wouldn't figure on this list. But Abhishek-Aish would.
- Their power has to come from public adulation as much as it comes from moneybags. So SRK would be on the list but someone like Chhota Babloo wouldn't. Don't even think about Parmeswar Godrej.
- It has to be restricted to Bollywood: films, TV, music, dance is included as long as it impacts Bollywood. I'm not sure if Ekta would make the list.
- This whole thing can't just be a popularity poll. It has to contain people who have clout. For example, Himesh would be on this list but Vishal Shekhar might not.
- Aish on the list, Abhishek, not thinks Joules
- Akshay has clout and in-laws says Tania
- ritha nominates some producer heavyweights
- B adds Rani, Sonu and the Kapoors
- Kareena is a rising power believes Payal
- Salman, Aamir, maybe Farah says girlie girl
- Power depends on the type of awards show says anu g
- Mind Rush votes for Smita Thakeray
- Amrita seconds nominations for Screwala, Thakeray and adds the Roshans
- sidekick admires Preity's risk diversification
- Yup, Abhishek isn't very powerful agrees Cinderella
- It's all about camps notes Joules
- Aish and Hrithik says - that's right - Megan
- Amitabh according to headmistress and how about David Dhawan?
- Ritha provides some Screwala info
- HoonPanGujarati mentions Bhatts' low budget power
- leera adds some new hotshots and incumbent directors
- meena links to a newsweek article on the new power in Bollywood
- Texan nominates the Azmi-Akhtar household
- Farah is related to Azmi-Akhtar which is worth points reveals Sania
- There is no one more powerful than SRK decides Saritha