Asian stars who broke through glass ceilings to make positive changes

Hamna HumailWeb Editor

13th Dec, 2020. 04:17 pm
Asian stars

Pakistani celebrities Sarwat Gilani, Bilal Abbas Khan, Ali Zafar and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy made it to Eastern Eye’s Top 50 Asian Celebrities of the World in 2020.

Newcomer Iman Vellani, who will be playing Ms Marvel in Marvel’s upcoming superhero series has also made it to the list.

According to the UK publication, Chinoy is the only director in the list who has been given the honour of being on it because of the way she utilises her platform.

She made it to number 49 as she “used her platform to raise awareness about social issues, nurture new talent and gain international attention for her work. A big highlight was stunning animated short Sitara: Let Girls Dream, which premiered earlier this year. The Oscar winner was also signed up to direct superhero series Ms Marvel.”

Vellani, the up and coming Ms Marvel made it to the list on number 44. “Born in Canada to immigrant parents from Pakistan, the 18-year-old generated global headlines after being cast as Kamala Khan in hotly anticipated series Ms Marvel,” noted the publication. “The game-changing casting of her as a Muslim teenage superhero was met with an incredible response globally and has already made her the one to watch in 2021.”


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Making it to number 39, Ali Zafar was listed for ‘saving’ the Pakistani cricket league this year by “giving them a better anthem than they had.” According to the publication, he also “promoted new talent with his record label. More meaningful was the immense humanitarian work the singer did for those who were suffering during Covid-19. His actions inspired others and consolidated his star credentials.”


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Bilal Abbas Khan topped them all after making it to number 28 for being the “fastest rising star in Pakistan.” Sources pointed out how Abbas, was the ‘unstoppable actor’ who started the year with Pyar Ke Sadqay and ended it with a ZEE5 sleeper hit. “With some more high-profile projects on the way, Khan looks like the future of Pakistani film and television,” narrated the publication.


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Surpassing the likes of Salman Khan and all the Pakistani celebrities who made it to the list was Asim Abbasi’s ‘Churails’. On number 21, Sarwat Gillani headed the cast list of the best new South Asian serial of the year, Churails, “which exploded onto the scene and destroyed all existing rulebooks,” claimed the outlet. “With the electrifying drama, she opened the door for a new era of TV content in Pakistan box and consolidated her position as a feminist icon,” it concluded.


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