As King Khan recently passed the monumental figure of 12 million followers on Twitter, we decided to take a look at his closest contenders

Shah Rukh Khan’s wit and charm onscreen and off screen isn’t something unheard of, but it looks like SRK has cast his spell on social media too with his mesmerising persona. Couple of days back, the actor went on to get 12 million followers on Twitter, a mean feat achieved by only one other B-town actor, the legendary Amitabh Bachchan.

As fans rejoiced and SRK thanked his followers for love and support, I couldn’t help but think about the other celebs who can compete with Shah Rukh’s 12 million. So here I am with a unique Twitter number game, which will keep you hooked. As an ode to SRK’s 12M, here is the list of 12 Bollywood celebrities who are lagging behind the Happy New Year actor on Twitter:

Parineeti Chopra

Followers: 4.29 million

How to reach 12 million: This bubbly actress has made a name for herself in the industry with her acting prowess, impressing everyone with her emotive eyes. While her last two films were dud at box office, Pari really needs couple of blockbuster hits in her kitty to rocket her number of followers. Also active tweeting on relevant issues can do Pari a lot of good.

Farhan Akthar

Followers: 4.93 million

How to reach 12 million: The director turned actor turned singer is no doubt one of the most talented souls in the industry. But Farhan really needs to cash in on his charm factor, by doing more films every year. Now, with Dil Dhadakne Do in the pipeline, I expect Farhan to inch closer to SRKin Twitter followers battle.

Shahid Kapoor

Followers: 5.69 million

How to reach 12 million: While Haider did help Shahid Kapoor to gain a lot of accolades, it also helped him to increase the number of his Twitter followers. Now in order to reach the elusive 12 M mark, Shahid needs to be more vocal about his marriage with Mira Rajput, posting pics of the couple and tweeting about marriage plans.

Karan Johar

Followers: 5.89 million

How to reach 12 million: The quintessential host of Bollywood parties, Karan Johar, made headlines last year for his association with All India Bakchod and for being the host in AIB Roast of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, and in turn gained a lot of followers. With Bombay Velvet coming up, where he plays a villain, his performance is bound to inch him closer to the 12 million mark on Twitter.

Sonam Kapoor

Followers: 6.15 million

How to reach 12 million: Post Khoobsurat and Dolly Ki Doli, Sonam Kapoor has redefined herself as a celeb. Her chemistry with Fawad Khan and her impeccable fashion sense gained her a lot of followers in recent times. With Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in the pipeline, in which she plays Salman Khan’s heroine, Sonam is bound to be a serious contender to reach 12 million followers on Twitter.

Abhishek Bachchan

Followers: 6.21 million

How to reach 12 million: Known for his sense of humour, Abhishek Bachchan is the next contender in my list. The actor has tasted great success in his last two films Dhoom 3 and Happy New Year, but it is the fate of his solo hero film All Is Well, that will decide if Jr Bachchan’s Twitter numbers will increase or not.

Akshay Kumar

Followers: 8.01 million

How to reach 12 million: Khiladi Kumar needs to be proactive on twitter and has to find a balance between promoting his film and interacting with his fans. Being a superstar, the numbers are bound to increase gradually, but a lot will depend on the performance of his three films this year – Gabbar Is Back, Singh Is Bling and Brothers.

Hrithik Roshan

Followers: 9.04 million

How to reach 12 million: Hrithik is not just a great performer, he is also a great motivator as he often motivates people to never give up with his tweets and pics on Twitter. While he needs to continue more of that, his numbers are bound to skyrocket if he comes up with something as innovative as the Bang Bang dare.

Priyanka Chopra

Followers: 9.31 million

How to reach 12 million: With the buzz around Quantico and her role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, her number of Twitter followers are increasing with every passing day. The actress is really active on Twitter, posting instagram pics, selfies, quotes and what not. Dil Dhadakne Do and Quantico pilot, both releasing this summer will bound to get her close to SRK’s numbers.

Deepika Padukone

Followers: 10.1 million

How to reach 12 million: Deepika Padukone’s transformation into women of substance with the lashing out on cleavage controversy and Vogue empowerment video, has helped her gain a lot of support in social media. Her Twitter numbers prove just that. With Deepika looking fab in Piku, her number of followers are expected to increase a great deal. Also, her numbers might shoot up alarmingly if she opens up about her relationship with Ranveer Singh on Twitter.

Salman Khan

Followers: 11.2 million

How to reach 12 million: Having surpassed 11 million, 12 million mark is just a stone’s throw away from the actor. Salman doesn’t need to anything special, as his fans love him the way he is. I won’t be surprised if Salman crosses SRK’s Twitter numbers during the time of Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s release.

Aamir Khan

Followers: 11.9 million

How to reach 12 million: Aamir Khan is giving the closest fight to SRK in terms of Twitter followers. The PK actor who broke all box office records is only a kitten’s whisker away from 12 million mark and is going neck to neck with Shah Rukh on Twitter. It would be interesting to see if and when Aamir crosses SRK in Twitter numbers battle.