Bollywood Star Ayushmann Khurrana has been featured in Times Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Of 2020 list. He shares this honor with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been on the list.

The actor shares his enthusiasm and honor on his recent Instagram post. He wrote, “TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world is out, I’m honored to be a part of this group: time.com/time100 @TIME #TIME100.”

Deepika Padukone also applauded the actor’s film choices in the magazine, “I remember Ayushmann Khurrana vividly from his debut film, Vicky Donor. He had, of course, been a part of the entertainment industry in various other ways for several years before that, but the reason you and I talk about him today is because of the impact he has been able to create through memorable films and iconic characters. Where male protagonist roles often fall into the trap of stereotypical masculinity, Ayushmann has successfully and convincingly transformed into characters who challenge those very stereotypes.”

Part of Deepika’s note for Ayushmann reads, “In India, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, only a tiny percentage of people see their dreams come alive, and Ayushmann Khurrana is one of them. You’re probably wondering, How? Talent and hard work. Sure, that goes without saying. But more important, patience, perseverance and fearlessness. A little insight for those who dare to dream.”

Ayushmann Khurrana said in a statement, “I’m truly humbled with the recognition that TIME has bestowed on me. As an artiste, I have only looked to contribute towards bringing a positive change in society through cinema and this moment is a huge validation of my belief system and my journey. I have always believed that cinema has the power to bring about change by triggering the right conversations among people and society. Hopefully, through my content choices, I have been able to contribute towards my country and countrymen.”

As soon as the news broke, wishes started pouring for the star on social media. Bhumi Pednekar, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Aparshakti Khurana, Neena Gupta, Dia Mirza, Angad Bedi, Mrunal Thakur, and many celebs cheered for his achievement. The actor was last seen in Gulabo Sitabo, where he shared screen space with the megastar, Amitabh Bachchan for the first time. The actor is currently preparing for his next film based on an athlete’s life with director Abhishek Kapoor.