Even though Bollywood seems to be reigning across several social media platforms, YouTube in particular, it looks like the movie industry has taken the back seat when it comes to Instagram. The sports enthusiasts of India have actually decided to give the honorable first place to a famous local cricket star.
If you want to find out who’s taking the lead, and learn more about the most followed Instagram accounts in India, then check out this comprehensive list:
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1. Virat Kohli
As a famous cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national team, Virat Kohli has often been regarded as being among the best batsmen in the world. For that reason, it’s no surprise this incredible sportsman has firmly been holding onto the number one spot on this list for a while now. With 72.6m current followers, Kohli is nearly 20m ahead of the spot number two, and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be leaving the winning place anytime soon.
Former Miss World winner and a successful actress both in Bollywood and Hollywood alike, Priyanka Chopra is thought to be among India’s most popular and highest-paid entertainers. Whether it’s her fame and success, talent or undeniable beauty, Priyanka holds the second place on India’s most followed celebrity list. Currently having 56m followers on Instagram, Mrs Chopra Jonas still remains one of the most popular influencers on Instagram, despite her move and expansion to the US.
An Indian actress and singer that is quite prominent in the Hindi movie industry, Shraddha Kapoor is a famous personality often featured on lists of the most popular, as well as the highest-paid actresses in India. Apart from her active participation in Bollywood, Shraddha is also an endorser of a number of major brands and popular products and has even launched her own clothing line, all of which might contribute to her popularity on social media. With 53m current followers on Instagram, Shraddha Kapoor is now the third most followed person in India, and could even rise to second place soon.
Another famous film actress and producer, Deepika Padukone is also among the most successful movie personalities in India, and has even been featured on the Time’s Most Influential People list. Besides her impressive career, Deepika is also quite vocal on social media about important issues, such as feminism and mental health. Being the owner of a clothing line, as well as a celebrity endorser of popular brands, Deepika has managed to acquire an impressive following of 51.5m on Instagram, taking the fourth place on this list.
5. Alia Bhatt
A British Indian singer and actress who mostly works in Hindi films, Alia Bhatt is another prominent person that has appeared on a number of world-famous lists, including the Forbes’ 30 under 30. However, she is also an avid performer that participates in concert tours and stage shows, apart from launching her own clothing and accessory line, and founding an ecological initiative. All of this impressive work has earned her 48.8m followers on Instagram, allowing her to take the fifth place on the list of the most followed people in India.
Narendra Modi is an Indian politician who is currently serving as the Prime Minister of India, now holding the position for over six years. Considering the fact that Modi is one of the most important people in India who has overwhelming public support and great approval ratings, it’s truly no wonder his Instagram account is among the most popular in India as well. Having 46.8m followers, the Prime Minister’s account is the sixth most followed in India.
Being a former model and the winner of Miss Universe Sri Lanka, Jacqueline Fernandez is currently a famous actress predominantly working in Bollywood. Apart from performing on stage shows and actively participating in humanitarian work, Jacqueline has also appeared on a popular dance reality TV show, earning her fame and respect across several different fields of entertainment. All of this might explain why Jacqueline Fernandez currently has 44.2m followers on Instagram and is among the most followed people in India.
8. Neha Kakkar
Neha Kakkar is an Indian singer who is most famous for her upbeat party tracks, as well as skillful recreations of old hit songs. Besides being a successful performer, Neha has also appeared as a professional judge on several reality TV shows and singing competitions, including the Indian Idol, where she participated as a candidate herself during the early days of her career. Although she has been made fun of across social media for being openly emotional on television, her TV appearances undoubtedly gained her enough popularity to earn 43.6m followers on Instagram and become the eighth most-followed account in India.
9. Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar is an Indian-Canadian celebrity who is known for being a producer, television personality and martial artist. However, his work as an actor in Bollywood movies is what helped him gain popularity, along with a number of awards for his performances, including two National Film Awards for Best Actor. Akshay is often considered to be among the most successful Bollywood actors of all time, which might explain his following of 43.5m on Instagram. With such a high number, he might soon rise to the eighth place on the list of the most followed people in India.
10. Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif is a former fashion model and a current actress predominantly working in Hindi movies, despite her British nationality. Although filmmakers were reluctant to cast her at first due to her poor Hindi skills, Katrina is now among the highest-paid actresses and has even earned a number of nominations for prominent awards. Kaif also actively participates in charity work and stage shows and has even launched her own makeup company. This impressive work across several fields has earned her 42m followers on Instagram, making her the tenth most followed person in India, and last on this list.