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NFT a Rising Trend: From Bollywood Celebrities to Sportsmen and Other Artists

From crypto enthusiasts, influencers to now Bollywood celebrities, cricketers, and sportsmen NFTs are experiencing a surge in India to create and sell them.

Blockchain NFT Ethereum
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NFTs are Non Fungible Tokens that are virtual assets stored on the blockchain that validates the ownership of digital data such as photos, music, artwork, and in-game items.

NFTs have gained popularity this year with the artworks selling for millions of dollars. From crypto enthusiasts, influencers to now Bollywood celebrities, cricketers, and sportsmen NFTs are experiencing a surge in India to create and sell them.

Here is all you need to know about the celebs that joined the NFT craze.

1. Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone has become the first Indian actress to enter the non-fungible tokens (NFT) marketplace. The actress took to Twitter to announce her venture
“Meet the Misfitz! This is misfitz HONEY! She loves the color pink…boys with tattoos…and then eats them for lunch Smiling face with horns. What the world has been waiting for!!! #SUNNYLEONENFT collectibles Smiling face with heart-shaped eyes,” Sunny Leone tweeted.

2. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan announced on August 30, that his NFTs will include an autograph poster of Sholay and poems narrated by him. Amitabh Bachchan’s NFT collection has been sold for a whopping 9,66,000 dollars (Rs 7.18 crore approx).

3. Salman Khan

Following the footsteps of Amitabh Bachan Salman Khan has tied up with Bollycoin which is a Bollywood NFT marketplace. Khan tweeted,” Aa raha hoon main, NFTs leke. Salman Khan Static NFTs coming on @bollycoin. Stay tuned, bhai log! #BollyCoin #NFTs #ComingSoon”.

4. Kailash Kher

Last month the singer and music composer announced his NFT collection on twitter. “So excited to share the first look of my upcoming NFT that will be going live soon. Thrilled and humbled to be the first filmy Duniya/Bollywood musician to launch my own NFT!” Kher Tweeted.

5. Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra NFT - Illustrious Sketch - Chikankari
Source: Manish Malhotra World

NFT connect in India is not only limited to actors. Indian fashion has also experienced its debut in NFT through Manish Malhotra. The collection Included the sketches of dresses worn by Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Lisa Ray that were sold in seconds. In October, designer Manish Malhotra sold NFTs of digital sketches of some of his most famous creations for $4,000 a piece.

6. Suniel Shetty

Suniel Shetty has vouched in as an advisor and investor by an NFT marketplace. Similarly, Kunal Kapoor has also reportedly been investing in another marketplace on polygon blockchain.

7. Atul Agnihotri

BollyCoin is a dedicated, Bollywood-themed homegrown NFT marketplace started by filmmaker-actor Atul Agnihotri. It allow fans to invest in clips and stills from films, iconic dialogues, posters, unseen footage, and social media content and merchandise from film personalities.

8. Sunil Gavaskar

Besides Bollywood cricketers too are showing interest in NFT. The batting legend Gavaskar has recently launched his “Virtual hall of fame” NFT collection which will showcase the milestones and key highlights from his career connecting with native sports fans. Sunil Gavaskar’s NFT collection is called Always First, a nod to the fact that he was the first to achieve milestones.

9. Smriti Mandhana

Indian women’s cricket team star Smriti Mandhana and Indian former cricketer Zaheer Khan are the first to sign up exclusively for Rario –which is the World’s first officially licensed cricket-based digital collectibles platform.

10. Dinesh Karthik

Indian wicket-keeper and batsman Dinesh Karthik’s iconic six that won India the Nidahas Trophy was India’s first sports NFT as an animated clip.c

“In India, cricket is a religion and there are various memorable cricketing moments, like the 1983 World Cup Win, 2011 World Cup win, Sachin’s 100th hundred or the first IPL match. The world of cricket should dabble in the NFT space, which will grow in future,” says Dinesh, in a virtual conversation from the UAE.

11. Sonu Nigam

JetSynthesys has partnered with Sonu Nigam to launch a music NFT series. The NFT series will include Nigam’s single ‘Hall of fame’, along with capturing pages from his personal diary.

“It’s been a seamless and enriching experience, partnering with JetSynthesys, who, through its many entities, enabled a series of NFTs that reflect a rare and exclusive part of my life. I am also looking forward to connecting with new, digital-first music lovers through this industry-first initiative,” Nigam commented.

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Written by Nirmal

Nirmal is from a finance background and is trying to explore writing. She loves researching content and believes music is a soulful therapy.

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