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R-day poll

My politician: World

The re-elected President of the US, Barack Obama, was the clear winner, bagging the maximum number of votes in any category of this poll. Also mentioned: Aung San
Suu Kyi.

My politician: India

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi topped the youth poll because GenY wants a “doer”. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and the just-anointed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi are tied at the second spot. Also mentioned: UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.


My cricketer:World

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was tied at the top spot with dishy England skipper Alastair Cook. Also mentioned: Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle.

My cricketer: India

The dude with the attitude, Virat Kohli, trumped his captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the No. 1 position. Also mentioned: Comeback prince Yuvraj Singh and the grand old man of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar.


My footballer:World

Barcelona forward and Argentina captain Leo Messi was the clear favourite, followed by Barca and Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta. Also mentioned: Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid stud who missed out by a whisker.

My footballer: India

Sunil Chetri, playing for Sporting Clube de Portugal B in the Liga de Honra, nudged out former Team India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia.


My tennis star: India

The world No. 2 has emerged No. 1 in the t2 poll — Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal follows Fed. Also mentioned: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.


My tennis star: India

It was game, set, match for this Young Turk of Indian tennis. Somdev was followed by derailed old boys Bhupathi and Paes.

My hero: World

He may be taking a “long, long” break from acting but there’s no break in Leo’s popularity! Christian Bale came a close second. Also mentioned: Benedict “Sherlock” Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr and Daniel Craig.

My hero: India

Together they kinda represent the kal aaj aur kal of Bolly boys but Aamir, Hrithik and Ranbir seem equally popular on Calcutta’s campuses. Also mentioned: Farhan Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan and Naseeruddin Shah.


My heroine: World

Their movies may be as different as chalk and cheese but Nat and Cam have claimed the top slot together. Also mentioned: Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Katherine Heigl, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Kristen Stewart.

My heroine: India

Bidya Bagchi won 50 per cent of all the votes in Kahaani city, making her our biggest winner after Obama! Also mentioned: Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif.


My film: World

Special effects and special stories have powered Chris Nolan’s Inception and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi to the top and runner-up positions. Also mentioned: Skyfall, Lincoln, The Dark Knight Rises, Breaking Dawn Part 2 and LOL.

My film: India

Of course Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani tops, followed by Anurag Basu’s Barfi!. Also mentioned: Gangs of Wasseypur and Table No. 21!


My director: World

GenY swears by Chris Nolan’s mind-bending movies, be it Inception, The Prestige or the Dark Knight series. Avatar maker James Cameron comes second. Also mentioned: Ang Lee and Quentin Tarantino.

My director: India

Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur has a song that goes Keh ke loonga... do we need to say more?! The Bolly director is followed by Tollywood’s Srijit Mukherji. Also mentioned: Anurag Basu, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani and Satyajit Ray (yes, the question was for today’s directors, but the kids insisted Ray belongs to every generation)!


My TV show: World

Love, sex and heartbreak steal a march with hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy pooling the most votes, a hot, hot Sherlock hot on its heels. Also mentioned: The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Banged Up Abroad, MasterChef Australia and How I Met Your Mother.

My TV show: India

Bad-ass Roadies and Good Samaritan Satyamev Jayate got the same number of votes. Also mentioned: MTV Unplugged, Kaun Banega Crorepati, Dance India Dance, Anamika and Adaalat.


My singer: World

The 24-year-old English singer’s husky voice ruled the charts, maybe somewhat thanks to Skyfall. Also mentioned: Regina Spektor, Pitbull, Robbie Williams, Christina Perri, John Mayer and Chris Martin.

My singer: India

The voice of Rockstar rocked it with the most votes, trailed by Bong beauty Shreya Ghoshal. Also mentioned: Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan and our own Rupam Islam.


My song: World

There was no clear winner amidst the cacophony. Also mentioned: Skyfall (Adele), One More Night (Maroon 5), Time to Pretend (MGMT), Somebody That I Used to Know (Gotye), Hurts Like Heaven (Coldplay), Wonderful Life (Hurts), I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor Swift) and Square One (Tom Petty).

My song: India

Again, no clear winner. Also mentioned: Rabta (Agent Vinod), Be intehaan and Party On My Mind (Race 2) and Nadaan parindey (Rockstar).

My music band: World

British alternative rock band Coldplay struck the winning chords, closely followed by Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall, who had rocked Nazrul Mancha last year. Also mentioned: Linkin Park, Wilco, Maroon 5 and U2.

My music band: India

Fusion rock band Indian Ocean tuned in at the top of the list, rock ’n’ roll band Parikrama was next. Also mentioned: The Raghu Dixit Project and Fossils.


My dream date:World

Everyone had their own favourites. Also mentioned: Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway, Richard Gere, Robert Pattinson, Katy Perry and Patrick Dempsey (Derek of Grey’s Anatomy).

My dream date: India

“Yummy” Yami of Vicky Donor fame was the pop pick. Also mentioned: Abhay Deol, Anushka Sharma, Sachin Pilot, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Rahul Dravid and Katrina Kaif.