Who are the industry's 10 most powerful people? THE TOP 10 (1)Yash & Aditya Chopra, (2) Shahrukh Khan, (3) Amitabh Bachchan, (4) Aamir Khan, (5) Salman Khan, (6) Sanjay Leela Bhansali, (7) Karan Johar, (8) Rani Mukerji, (9) Aishwarya Rai, (10) A R Rahman SHAHRUKH KHAN - Rank 2004: 1 Throne out of gear If there’s one tag Shahrukh Khan likes to pin on himself, it’s ‘hard-working’ (guessed wrong?). In 2005, he took and unexpected sabbatical and the audience, fattened on regular doses of the energetic Khan, did not hide its disappointment. Neither, it seems, has the industry, even more demanding of its bestselling actor. Both would not be satiated with one hatke film and one item number. Where was the warm familiarity of the formula, where was the magic? Still, it takes a lot to dislodge tenacious King Khan from his throne. And he might have continued his reign in this Power List had it not been for the unstoppable Yash & Aditya Chopra, who simply outworked him last year. Nevertheless, there was a lot going for him in 2005. Paheli is India’s official entry to the Oscars. He reveled in his new status as item boy in Kaal. His world tour with the Temptation show was a roaring success. The endorsements rolled in. The cheques flowed. He got a new house in Dubai, will have a new office and apartments in Mumbai. And he decided to quit smoking (he’s getting there, he says). 2006 should make up for 2005. He will kick off with Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, follow that up with Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2 and end with Farah Khan’s Happy New Year. It’s going to take something to top that. Films 2005: Paheli, Kaal, Silsilay, Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye Films 2006: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Don 2, Happy New Year Quote 2005: “when I did Ishq kameena, nobody called it an item number. So item boy is a new term. Sounds like toy boy, so it’s okay. Boy makes me feel younger. Call me anything so long as it has boy in it”.