- The Indian American is joined by Indian businessman Akash Ambani, chairman of Jio; Pakistani British actress Nida Manzoor; and Pakistani singer, songwriter, composer, and author Ali Sethi.
Indian American Amrapali “Ami” Gan, chief executive officer of content-sharing platform OnlyFans, is among this year’s ‘TIME 100 Next,’ a list that recognizes 100 rising stars from across industries and around the world. Joining her are Indian businessman Akash Ambani, chairman of Jio; Pakistani British actress Nida Manzoor; and Pakistani singer, songwriter, composer, and author Ali Sethi.
TIME says the coveted list includes musicians, medical professionals, government officials, movement leaders, high-profile whistle-blowers, and top CEOs. “What unites these individuals are their extraordinary efforts to shape our world—and to define our future.”
Ami Gan was appointed in December last year to lead the London-based media company into a billion-dollar enterprise used by porn stars, musicians and fitness aficionados to share content with their most ardent admirers. When she took over, TIME says the company had “hit rough waters when it announced, and then walked back, a plan to ban the sexually explicit content the subscription-based social platform was increasingly known for. The 36-year-old had a decision to make, the magazine notes. Under her leadership, OnlyFans launched a safety and transparency center, “and the platform’s popularity has continued to boom,” the magazine added. “I’m very proud to embrace our adult-content creators, and also all of our other creators,” she told TIME in July.
Akash Ambani, 30, “the scion of Indian industrialist royalty” was promoted in June to the chairman of Jio, “India’s largest telecom company, with over 426 million subscribers.” He was first appointed to the Jio board at age 22. “Since then, he’s played a key role landing multi-billion-dollar investments from Google and Facebook,” TIME says. “If he handles Jio well, he may be given a crack at larger chunks of the family’s conglomerate.”
Nida Manzoor not only defies expectations, but she also explodes them, according to British actor, musician and activist Riz Ahmed. When he first met her, she told him she wanted “to make martial arts-driven action comedies with Muslim characters.” Ahmed thought she was joking. “It was hard enough to make a piece of film or TV with Muslim characters in it that could fit neatly within the industry’s tried-and-tested genre boxes,” he writes in TIME. “To make something that ignored these boxes felt totally impossible. And yet she has just wrapped her debut feature, ‘Polite Society,’ which does exactly what she set out to all those years ago, centering a young Muslim martial artist who longs to be a stuntwoman.” She is best known for directing two episodes of “Doctor Who,” and creating the Channel 4 comedy show “We Are Lady Parts,” for which she won the 2021 Rose d’Or Emerging Talent Award. “Nida’s fearless and joyful self-expression is making more space for those who had once fallen between the cracks,” Ahmed adds. “She’s stretching culture for all of us.”
Ali Sethi, 38, rose to prominence with his debut novel, “The Wish Maker,” and his song “Paosori.” Although it was written in Punjabi by a Pakistani artist, “the song became a global sensation with close to 400 million views on YouTube,” Indian author Amitav Ghosh writes. “Even more remarkable, the song has found a huge following in neighboring India despite the escalating tensions between the two countries.” According to Ghosh, the song is “a virtuoso demonstration of how artists can, in subtle ways, subvert the restrictions that are being imposed upon them by new forms of authoritarianism and intolerance.” In both his music and writing, “Sethi shows us that differences of culture, language, religion, and gender do not need to be antagonistic; they can, and always have, enriched us, and given us some of our greatest works of art,” Ghosh writes.