Newsmakers of the year 2017!

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By HT

New Delhi, Dec. 27 -- 
 
VIRAT KOHLI 
 
A great representative of dynamic, young and hungry India, captain of the India National Cricket Team, Virat Kohli, is the man of the moment. Earlier this year, the 29-year-old was conferred the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, and, he has also hit many a milestone in terms of on-field performance. Off the field, it was also a golden year for Kohli, who tied the knot with actor Anushka Sharma in a dreamy ceremony in Italy. 
 
PRIYANKA CHOPRA 
 
The 35-year-old was ranked seventh in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list of 2017 and continued to make a mark in Hollywood. This included walking prestigious red carpets, such as that of the MET Gala. 
 
AKSHAY KUMAR 
 
The actor took on the issue of India's sanitation crisis, in his film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which was also on Bill Gates' list of inspiring moments of 2017. The 50- year-old also announced another project, Padman, which deals with thwarting menstruation stigma in the country. 
 
TAIMUR ALI KHAN PATAUDI 
 
Son of actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan, this one-year-old stole the spotlight from many a Bollywood biggies, becoming a shutterbug favourite of 2017. 
 
MITHALI RAJ 
 
Captain of the India Women's Cricket Team, Mithali, 35, led her team to the finals of the cricket world cup. She is the only female cricketer in the world to cross the 6,000- run mark in ODIs. 
 
SUNNY LEONE 
 
Actor Sunny Leone, 36, and her husband Daniel Weber, 39, warmed many hearts when they revealed that they had adopted a baby girl, Nisha. She was adopted from an orphanage in Latur, Maharashtra. 
 
ZAIRA WASIM 
 
The 17-year-old won the National Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her debut film, Dangal (2016). She also received the 2017 National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement on Children's Day, this year 
 
KARAN JOHAR 
 
After having promoted the idea of loving your parents in films, filmmaker Karan Johar decided to complete his family. In February, he became a father to twins, Roohi and Yash, through surrogacy. 
 
ABHAY DEOL 
 
Actor Abhay Deol, 41, called out Bollywood actors for endorsing fairness products like creams and face wash. Deol, in the past too, has been vocal about issues concerning the industry. 
 
LILLY SINGH AKA SUPERWOMAN 
 
The Canadian-born, Indian origin comedian and actor was appointed UNICEF's goodwill ambassador, with the aim of taking up the issue of children's well being and education. In November, to celebrate hitting the 1,000 vlogs mark, Singh, 29, helped her fans with university fees, rent and even groceries.