Rajkumar Hirani, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Rajkumar Hirani among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Rajkumar Hirani is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 05/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Hirani for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 58-year-old director, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Hirani so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the director have already been named ‘Indian Of The Year’ by some major Indian newspapers and even ‘Nagpur Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Nagpur (Rajkumar Hirani's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the director was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Rajkumar Hirani Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 4 Dec 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveRajkumar”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 4 Dec 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Rajkumar Hirani?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 4 Dec 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Rajkumar Hirani?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?

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