Leading Tamil actor Dhanush has taken first place in IMDB's list of top 10 Most Popular Indian Stars of 2022, which has been decided based on the number of page views registered for the celebrity pages. The two-time National Award-winning actor has surged past Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who are ranked in the second and third places on the list announced on Wednesday, December 7. RRR actor Ram Charan and South Indian sensation Samantha Ruth Prabhu are ranked in the fourth and fifth places, while Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan is in the sixth spot. Likewise, actress Kiara Advani is in seventh place, followed by Telugu actors Jr. NTR and Allu Arjun in the eighth and ninth spots, while KGF star Yash took the tenth place. IMDB's latest top 10 list also shows that six out of the top ten stars are from South India signifying the huge response South Indian films have receivied across the country. Check out below IMDB's top 10 Most Popular Indian Stars of 2022 list: 

Dhanush had four big releases in 2022 among which included Maaran in Tamil and his Hollywood film, The Gray Man, which premiered directly on streaming services. Maaran was released on Disney+ Hotstar, while The Gray Man directed by Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo came out on Netflix and also featured Hollywood superstars namely Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page among many others. Dhanush also had two big theatrical releases starting with the family entertainer Thiruchitrambalam turning out to be a mega-blockbuster, while Naane Varuvean saw him appear in dual roles and was a reunion with his brother Selvaraghavan. 

IMDB's latest list will no doubt come as a big joy for Dhanush, who has once again proven himself to be a big pan-Indian name. The actor has a few big upcoming films lined up in various stages of development starting with Vaathi, which is also coming out in Telugu under the title Sir and is scheduled to open in cinemas on February 17, 2023. He also has Captain Miller, which is currently being filmed and is a period action venture set in the 1930s. The film sees Dhanush collaborating with filmmaker Arun Matheswaran of Rocky and Saani Kaayidham fame, and is being produced by the prestigious Sathya Jyothi Films banner. The superstar is also doing a Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi trilingual under acclaimed filmmaker Sekhar Kammula's direction, which was launched a few days back.