Instagram is one of the fastest growing networks in the world today with over 400 million active users. The platform lets you share your photographs online and has become people’s go to way to share bits and pieces of their lives with the world.
Instagram has also turned out to be one of the favourite platforms for celebrities to give their fans a peek into their lives.
While Instagram’s own account understandably has the largest number of followers in the world at 120 million, coming second is Taylor Swift, with over 57 million followers (as of 1 December 2015). Closing in on her are Selena Gomez, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, all of whom share pictures from their lives with their 50 million plus followers. And when Hollywood has embraced the platform with open arms, how can there not be Bollywood celebrities on Instagram? Today, fans have access to never seen before Bollywood celebrity photos, thanks to the stars instagramming the smallest details of their lives!
In a country like India where Bollywood celebrity photos are the only way of getting a glimpse into their lives, these pictures coming directly from the celebrities are a goldmine to fans! Fans on Instagram are lapping up the pictures of celebrity weddings, outfits, travel, workouts, pouts and pets like never before and the celebrities in turn are happily expanding their digital footprint and fan following.
So who are the most popular Bollywood celebrities on Instagram and what do they share online? Here is a look!
Given the mystery attached to her relationship status with Ranveer Singh, fans are now looking towards both of their social media accounts for clues and following them by the hordes. But giving credit where it is due, Deepika has worked really hard to be where she is today and the respect she commands in the industry is reflected in the fact that she has the largest following among Bollywood celebrities on Instagram.
Her posts are usually pictures of outfits she wore before a public appearance or for a magazine shoot peppered with candid pictures from shoots and press conferences. While she does not give away too much about her personal life via the pictures, we are love getting to see her in her swoon-worthy outfits.
Ex-Miss World, actor, singer and Hollywood TV Star Priyanka Chopra is placed second among the Bollywood celebrities on Instagram. The Quantico star frequently posts pictures of behind the scenes action during shoots, of her family, promotional tours and her many many trips to exotic locations.
Her pictures are not high quality, ‘professional’ photographs taken by others that is curated into her account but actual pictures taken by her and the people around her as they go about their lives. While she does leave us craving for more photographs showing her red carpet appearances and outfits, we like this account because Priyanka keeps it ‘real’.
The uncrowned fashion queen of India, Sonam Kapoor’s Instagram photographs are mostly a reflection of her lifestyle and fashion choices. Follow her to find out what she is wearing as she breaks up her ensemble and gives us details of every piece that makes it up - from appearances where she dresses up in Prada gowns to dressing down in pyjamas at home, her account has it all!
She is perhaps the most influential of the Bollywood celebrities on Instagram, giving women fashion inspiration through her stylish looks. We also love pictures of the parties and festivities she attends that give us a peek into her social life and friends. And lest we forget, her Instagram handle is the best way to keep a tab on the countless magazine covers that she makes it onto!
The youngest in today’s crop of female stars, Alia Bhatt understands the pulse of the younger generation and has gained a substantial following on Instagram in a very short time. With more photographs than any other Bollywood celebritiy on Instagram, Alia effectively uses the platform to share pictures of her childhood, her cat, the parties she attends aside from the usual promotional photographs and outfit posts. If you follow her, you can find her partying away with other Bollywood celebrities and also get to see her fun and effervescent side. Here’s to more accounts like hers!
With the reputation for being the funniest guy in Bollywood, Ranveer Singh’s Instagram account is full of funny faces and ‘dubsmashed’ videos. Follow him to bring yourself up to speed with his latest movie outings for he too posts promotional content from his forthcoming movies just like other Bollywood celebrities on Instagram. What sets him apart is that most of the content is in the form of videos that reflect his high energy and quick wit. Not to forget, there are also some really cute pictures with Deepika Padukone that will make following him worth your while!
Bollywood actress Jacqualine Fernandez posts daily on Instagram, giving her 6 million plus followers a peak into her daily life, both as she goes about her ordinary life and when she is filming Bollywood picks and going to snazzy events. She posts a huge range of photos from snaps of her stylish outfits, to cute kodak moments with her family, and all plenty of Instagram trope photos of food. Perhaps the most appealing think about Jacqueline Fernandez's Instagram presence is that she shows her fun side and doesn't take it too seriously. From photos of her in dress-up or funny memes, there are plenty of laughs to be had while scrolling through the Bollywood stars account!
Nargis Fakhri's Instagram bio reads "I play pretend 4a living. Lots of smiling & lots of laughing!" - her frequent instagram posts definitely reflect this, as they show her globe-trotting, eatiing delectable foods and plenty of socialising. She does of course also show off her sophisticated sense of fashion, so her Instagram is definitely worth following if you're in need of some style inspiration. Another compelling reason to follow Nargis Fakhri is that she seems to have an array of inspirational quotes and photos, which she always seems to post just when we're in-need of a pick-me-up.
Sonakshi offers plenty of variety on her Instagram, which like her peers, she tends to update everyday. She always posts promotional material from her films so you can be sure to keep up with all her film projects, and can even get the occasional behind the scenes snap. Keeping up with the proffessional theme, she gives her followers close ups of her fabulous outfits. Don't worry though, it isn't all work and no play. Sonakshi likes to post short videos of her antique which are alway a treat whether they are of her having fun with friends or ziplining, she shows off her good sense of fun. Watch out for the odd artistic photo too!
Giving access into celebrities’ lives, Instagram is paving way for fans to ‘legally stalk’ celebrities and know what their favourite stars are up to every single day. On the other hand, Bollywood celebrities on Instagram are also optimally using the platform to connect with their fans and grow their following. One thing that the platform has done is to remove the aura of unreachability surrounding the stars - the more we look at the Bollywood stars’ photos, the more we are convinced that they are just like us.
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