Anna Hazare beats Katrina Kaif!

By Hindustan Times

Bollywood may want better luck in the new year. Social activist Anna Hazaare has trumped the glamour industry to become the biggest newsmaker this year.

In a year-in-review conducted by entertainment portal Yahoo! India, Hazare, who mobilised millions of people in his anti-corruption drive and subsequent fast at Ramlila Maidan this year, emerged as the top newsmaker, followed by cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Bollywood makes an entry only in the third place, with Katrina Kaif.

Industry experts see this as a “welcome change”. Filmmaker Onir Anirban says, “It is a blessing. The fact that Anna Hazare is the biggest newsmaker of 2011 reflects that we Indians are more politically and socially aware. It is great to see that people get politically engaged and less obsessed with Bollywood.”

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt adds, “If people are more curiou