Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.Reuters

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and Finance Minister P Chidambaram are featured in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people.

Aamir, who made it to list for the second year in a row, is featured among the 'Pioneers' in the magazine's 2013 edition.

Time magazine called the perfectionist a film star and activist, and brought to focus his role as a social crusader with his talk show "Satayamev Jayate".

An account by music maestro AR Rahman in the magazine said, "In a world of false diplomacy and evasiveness, Aamir is a straightforward man. A man of his word."

"His movies are commercial successes - Lagaan was nominated for an Academy Award - but they also display a sense of social responsibility: they tackle important themes, like poverty and education. His TV show, Satyamev Jayate, is part journalism and part talk show, and it confronts India's deepest social ills, from sexual abuse to caste discrimination. He uses his gifts as a charmer to give his audience the most bitter medicine," Rahman added.

With regards to Chidambaram, Times magazine praised his steely measures with his 'pathbreaking budget in 1997.'

Ruchir Sharma of Morgan Stanley described Chidambaram in the edition as a detail-oriented person who "works from 8 to 8 and has a reputation for getting a lot done, but with an arrogance that rubs many the wrong way".

However, the profile also suggests that the FM "needs to adopt a more Indian style" to revive the slow growth rate of the Indian economy.

Another Indian, Vrinda Grover, is featured in the Pioneers list. Vrinda, a human-rights lawyer, has been the most vocal person about seeking justice in the Delhi gang rape case.

Other noted personalities featured in the list include Mala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Barrack Obama, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Middleton, Steven Speilberg, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris.