Not many people realize just how important influence and inspiration can be. Everything that we do, everything that we say, can be making a big impact on someone who is watching.
A generation of great leaders, artistes, sports people have moved several thousands of people over the years, and some have even changed the course of history. But the biggest impact that they have made is over random people, who felt so mesmerized by these great personalities, that they spent every moment of their life thereon trying to match up to their idols.
Today, we take a look at 5 such important figures, who have served as inspiration for at least one other important personality of repute.
Undoubtedly, if there is a list of Indians who have the biggest impact on mankind and history, Bapu’s name would be atop. The biggest advocate of ahimsa and truth, gandhiji continues to be permanently etched in the minds of millions of citizens.
Indians might even have Bapu to thank, to have shaped the mind and life of an astounding little boy, who would later go on to become the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Modi’s first project, after becoming Prime Minister, the Swachchhata abhiyaan, was a direct echo of the cleanliness call the Mahatma had voiced years before.
Known as the baap of all nayaks and mahanayaks, Dilip kumar was the first intense actor of Indian cinema. Even legendary actors like Amitabh bachchan and Shahrukh Khan have been known to blatantly copy his swag and style, and with good reason. After all, he was the Tragedy King, the first Khan.
Every great actor practically kneels before the legendary Dilip Kumar. Speaking of mahanayak, amitabh bachchan has been very open about taking inspiration from the retired actor. In an interview, he confessed that for him, dilip kumar was the best actor ever and has always wanted to be able to express emotions the way he does.
The foremost veteran of film fraternity, ‘Sadi ka Mahanayak’ has been the inspiration of countless successful actors. His style and grace, not to mention an undying love for his craft, has kept him relevant for half a century.
This megastar is the inspiration for another superstar, who has been single-handedly ruling another film industry….
Yes, it is Rajinikanth.
Rajini has always looked up to Amitabh Bachchan in the film industry. It was a dream come true for him when he got the chance to work alongside the megastar first in ‘Andha Kaanoon’, and later in ‘Giraftar’ and ‘Hum’.
Sachin Tendulkar is an inspiring figure not just for cricket players, but for all athletes around the world. His story of seeking excellence and perfection is a cornerstone of the humble beginnings of none other than the former captain of Indian cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dhoni’s pursuit of excellence similar to his idol Tendulkar is evident from the fact that In November 2013, Dhoni became the second India batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to aggregate 1,000 or more ODI-runs against Australia.
Shah Rukh Khan:
It is said that greatness begets greatness. And if we’re talking of greatness, how can we exclude King Khan?
But did you know that the Indian actor with a global appeal is the reason that we have another amazing gem of an actor adorning the crown of Indian film industry? It is none other than National Award Winner Rajkumar Rao.
ShahRukh Khan is actually the reason that a fine actor like Rajkumar Rao determined that he was going to be an actor too. And for that, Mr. Shah Rukh, we are truly grateful!