Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has topped the popularity charts of Score Trend India in the entire month of February post the release of his powerful social drama PadMan. Akshay surpassed heartthrob Ranveer Singh, who held the No. 1 position the week before that for his maniacal performance in the period drama Padmaavat, plunged to the fifth position with Akshay’s ascendance.
This makes Akshay the only actor in Bollywood to have consistently continued to be on the no. 1 position for the entire month.
According to Score Trends, Akshay who was in the third position for the period January 25 to 31, with a score of 57.67 points, shot up to 94.50 points in the month of February registering a growth of 36.83 points.
The statistics for these rankings are supplied by Score Trends, a US-based media-tech startup. “We collect data from over 600 news sources across 14 languages in India to analyse the media. ,” explained Ashwani Kaul, co-founder of Score Trends.
Analysing the spike and dip in rankings, Score Trends said what worked in Akshay’s favour was his image as the country’s Goodwill Ambassador after he made commercial mainstream Bollywood films with a social cause like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and PadMan. The actor also scored brownie points by spearheading initiatives like ‘Bharat ke Veer’ in which civilians can contribute directly to bereaved families of defence personnel killed in wars and acts of terrorism.
“But it was Akshay’s soaring popularity on Facebook, Twitter, viral news, in newspapers and digital sites before PadMan’s release, the put him at the No. 1 slot,” Ashwani Kaul said.