Flashback 2009

Year 2009 saw some of the greatest achievers as nominees for the NDTV Indian of the Year awards.
Flashback 2009
Politics: M. Karunanidhi, is the current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He has been the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu five times. He holds the record of winning his seat in every election that he has contested in his political career spanning over 60 years. He is also a play and movie script writer in Tamil.(AFP photo)

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Politics: P. Chidambaram is an Indian politician and present Union Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of India. He is among the most prominent cabinet ministers of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) union government. He was also the Finance Minister of India from May 2004 to November 2008. (AFP photo)

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Piltics: Naveen Patnaik is the current Chief Minister of Orissa, and the chief of Biju Janata Dal, a regional political party in Orissa. Naveen Patnaik was a writer and had for most part of his youth been away from both politics as well as Orissa but after his father's demise he entered politics and a year later founded the Biju Janata Dal which won the state election on alliance and formed the government with Naveen Patnaik as the Chief Minister. (NDTV photo)

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Politics: - If performance and silence were married, Nitish Kumar would have been its first child. Bihar has been never so quiet especially after the long reign of a flamboyant Lalu Yadav. Nitish Kumar is delivering and the state is on a slow road to recovery. Not that Bihar has become the other name for heaven but it's fighting deluge, corruption, poverty, illiteracy. Nitish Kumar has redefined political charisma and perhaps created a role model for the leadership of the BIMARU states, where the leadership routinely squanders the mandate of the people.(AFP photo)

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Politics: Year 2009 saw a stunning transformation of the Gandhi heir apparent into a shrewd strategist and politician. He emerged from the shadows to campaign tirelessly in the blistering summer heat, addressing as many as 10-15 rallies a day. The Nehru-Gandhi scion, once seen as a reluctant politician, was credited for his starring role in the resounding victory of the Congress party in the 2009 elections and the revival of the party in Uttar Pradesh. Senior party leaders lavished praise on the 39-year-old Rahul Gandhi for the decisive victory of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which defied most pollsters' predictions of a fractured verdict.(AFP photo)

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Sports: It was a year of milestones for the Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. Not only did he complete successful 20 years of international cricket, but also became the only batsman to make over 17,000 ODI runs. He also became the first international cricketer to score over 30,000 international runs. But above everything, he played a very crucial role in some of Team India's top wins of 2009, be it the first Test win in New Zealand or tri-series final in Sri Lanka.(AFP photo)

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Sports: After a stupendous 2008, wherein Saina Nehwal reached the quarterfinals of the Olympics and also won the most 'Promising Player of the Year' award, she carried on from where she left last year. The 19-year-old Indian created history in June when she became the first Indian to win a Super Series title with the Indonesian Open in Jakarta. She touched her career-high ranking of six in July. Saina was also awarded the Arjuna Award this year for her achievements.(AFP photo)

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Sports: After last year's Olympic bronze, boxer Vijender Singh proved he was not a flash in the pan. Vijender silenced his critics when he won a bronze medal in the World Championships, the first-ever medal for India in the Championships. The Bhiwani boxer added yet another feat becoming the world's number one boxer in the middle weight (75kg) category, the first Indian ever to do. With all his achievements, Vijender became the World No. 1 pugilist in his category.(AFP photo)

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Sports: Age only seems to bring the best out of Leander Paes. The 35-year-old Indian with Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy won the French Open title. It was Paes' 10th Grand Slam title. He also finished runners-up in mixed doubles with partner Cara Black in the Wimbledon and the US Open.(AFP photo)

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Sports: It is hard to neglect Pankaj Advani when one talks of distinct achievements in Indian sports. The 24-year-old, who is the only player to have achieved the 'grand double' of winning both the points and time formats at the IBSF World Billiards Championships, winning it in 2005 and the 2008 Championships, carried his form this year. Advani won the 2009 World Professional Billiards Championship in Leeds, his first World Professional Billiards Championship title, beating defending champion Mike Russell in the final. (AFP photo)

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Male Entertainers: Kamal Haasan is a leading Indian film actor, script writer, filmmaker and is considered one of the leading method actors of Indian cinema. Haasan is known for winning several Indian film awards, including earning the most National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards, and also has the distinction of being the actor with the most number of films submitted by India in contest for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (AFP photo)

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Male Entertainers: Salman Khan - Khan has established himself as one of the most prominent leading actors of Hindi cinema. In 2009, Wanted, Main Aur Mrs Khanna and London Dreams were the three films starring the bad boy of Bollywood. While Main Aur Mrs Khanna and London Dreams flopped, Wanted became the biggest grosser of 2009 and made Salman the biggest star of the year.

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Male Entertainers: Anurag Kashyap is a critically acclaimed Indian film director and screenwriter. As a director, he is known for Black Friday, a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Bombay bombings, followed by No Smoking, Dev D and Gulaal. As a screenwriter, he wrote the scripts for the Filmfare Award winning Satya and the Academy Award nominated Canadian film Water. He is considered one of the most versatile and prolific filmmakers in contemporary Hindi cinema.

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Male Entertainers: The former boy-next-door Shahid Kapur has become the pin-up boy of Bollywood post Kaminey. In 2008, Shahid had just one film Kismat Konnection, which didn't do well at the box office. The actor bounced back with the release of Kaminey in which he played a double role. His six-pack abs became the talk of the town. His next release in 2009 was Yashraj's Dil Bole Hadippa opposite Rani Mukherjee. The movie couldn't manage to make a mark at the box office, but Shahid's dance moves became a huge hit. This year looks even more promising for Shahid with acouple of big movies all set for release.

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Male Entertainers: Ranbir has successfully achieved the tag of being one of the most bankable young stars with two consecutive hits. Bollywood's new hearththrob Ranbir Kapoor's first release of 2009 was Wake Up Sid, the film was a critical and commercial success, and Kapoor earned several nominations for Best Actor at various award ceremonies. He next starred alongside Katrina Kaif in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, which surfaced as one of the biggest hits of the year. (AFP photo)

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Female Entertainers: Priyanka Chopra has reasons enough to say 2009 has been “fantastic” for her. The star has already walked away with seven awards including an international honour.The 26-year-old actress, who won the Miss World title in 2000, also walked away with the Filmfare best actress award for her performance as a supermodel in Madhur Bhandarkar's “Fashion”. (AFP photo)

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Female Entertainers: Today, with 17 films to Katrina's credit, she is the country's sexiest woman, according to the lads' magazines FHM and Maxim; and the sub- continent's most bankable female lead, according to the past year's box-office receipts.

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Female Entertainers: Kareena Kapoor is yet another K-family girl who took the plunge and managed to make a huge splash in the Hindi films industry. She had the ‘privilege' of debuting with the Bachchan boy -Abhishek in Refugee and though the film didn't do as well as expected, Kareena earned rave reviews. Although the box office earnings of her films have varied considerably, Kapoor has established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in the Hindi film industry.(AFP photo)

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Female Entertainers: One look at this dimpled beauty and you know she was marked for fame and the world of glamour. And she hasn't disappointed. From the daughter of a famous sportsperson to a supermodel and to an actress, Deepika Padukone has done it all with panache.(AFP photo)

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Female Entertainers: Sonam Kapoor made her acting debut alongside newcomer Ranbir Kapoor in Bhansali's Saawariya, which failed to do well at the box office. Her performance was opened to good reviews by most critics. In 2009, Kapoor appeared in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi-6 opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The film received mixed reviews by the critics, but her performance was highly praised. (AFPphoto)

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Business: Anand Mahindra, vice-chairman and managing director of industrial conglomerate Mahindra Group, has been nominated as the Business Man of the Year. The clear reason being the Satyam deal, not merely for its size and complexity. Even more than that was its emotive public appeal something that took even Mr Mahindra by surprise. M&M under the leadership of Mr. Mahindra has emerged as the No 1 player in tractors and utility vehicles. (AFP photo)
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Business: In the decade since he found himself in his father's large shoes, Kumar Mangalam Birla has forged a career that could make him the biggest Birla of them all. When his father, Aditya Vikram Birla, died of prostrate cancer 10 years back, very few people thought this shy and obsessively low-profile young son would be able to take over from his father. Today, when Kumar Mangalam Birla, talks about his dream of the Aditya Birla Group entering the Fortune 500 league, the world sits up and listens. (AFP photo)
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Business: Shikha Sharma wears beautiful saris, loves romantic novels, is an amateur classical singer and rarely looks pressured by the heavy schedule that has become almost mandatory for the contemporary CEO. It is easy, therefore, to underestimate the hard-nosed business-person under the grace and charm. Yet, ICICI Prudential, the company she headed, has been the leading private sector player in the supra-competitive life insurance business for the eight years it's been in business. Sharma's ability to keep ICICI Prudential a market leader among private competitors with its reputation intact must have played a big part in encouraging seven of eight Axis Bank board members to vote against the formidable and respected Chairman P J Nayak's dissent to her appointment as CEO and managing director. (NDTV photo)
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Business: The Reddy Sisters - Preetha Reddy is the managing director of Apollo Hospitals while Suneeta Reddy is the executive director for finance. Sangita Reddy is the executive director of operations and Shobana Kamineni is the executive director for special initiatives. The Apollo Hospitals group today includes over 8,065 beds across 46 hospitals in India and overseas, neighbourhood diagnostic clinics, an extensive chain of Apollo Pharmacies, medical BPO and health insurance services and clinical research divisions that are working on the cutting edge of medical science.
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Business: Malvinder Mohan Singh, Group Chairman, Religare & Fortis Healthcare, is an entrepreneur known for his aggressive style of management who has set a scorching pace of growth and diversification for the group companies. Prior to this, Malvinder was the Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. Malvinder put Ranbaxy in a position of leadership and consummated over 14 inorganic deals across geographies in less than two years.(AFP photo)
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Business: Rajiv Bajaj is largely perceived as the man who turned around Bajaj Auto at a time when the scooter market went into a tailspin and motorcycle sales started booming. He joined the company in 1990 and oversaw the Bajaj Auto's shift to motorcycles. (NDTV photo)

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