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Most Famous Actors In India

Indians films are male oriented. They play the most important role to success a film. In India actors are treated more than stars, they are like demi-gods to their fans. Actors have been taken from different region films based on their performances, popularity, success, skill and contribution to the Indian film industry. Here is the list of most famous Indian actors all time.

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  1. Rajesh Khanna

    Rajesh Khanna Famous Bollywood Actor In India

    Rajesh Khanna


    Jatin Khanna, the first superstar of Indian and Hindi cinema with 74 Golden Jubilee Hits and 22 Silver Jubilee Hits, was born on 29 December 1942 in Amritsar, Punjab, India. Known as the most versatile actor who later regionally were given superstar status in media. He entered in Hindi films in the latter half of the 1960s and did 180 films. By 2011, he held the record for a maximum number of films as the solo lead hero and least number of multi star cast films in Hindi cinema. He was referred to as the “first superstar” and the “original superstar” of Indian cinema. He earned a title of phenomenon following 15 consecutive solo hit films in the period 1969-1972, a record that remains unbroken. he was also a Lok Sabha member of the Indian National Congress from New Delhi constituency from 1992 to 1996. He married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973 and had 2 daughters from the marriage. Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna is married to actor Akshay Kumar. After being critically ill, Rajesh Khanna died on 18 July 2012. Rajesh Khanna has been awarded posthumously India’s third highest civilian honor Padma Bhushan.
  2. Dilip Kumar

    Dilip Kumar Best Actors In India

    Dilip Kumar

    Source-:India Forums

    Born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan, in Qissa Khawani Bazaar, Peshawar Pakistan to a Pashtun family. Dilip Kumar is considered to be one of the greatest actors of Indian Cinema. This Indian actor and former Member of Parliament started his acting career in 1944 in Jwar Bhata with a screen name, Dilip Kumar, given by Hindi Author Bhagwati Charan Varma. His debut film could not give him much success as a leading actor. However, he didn’t have to wait for a long time as he got first major success with the film Jugnu released in 1947. Dilip Kumar’s career has spanned 6 decades and over 60 films. Critics acclaimed him among one of the greatest actor ever. Legendary figures like Amitabh Bachchan and Satyajit Ray has described him as “the ultimate, the best and “the ultimate method actor”. For his performance in the 1952 film Daag, he got Filmfare Best Actor Award and became the first Indian actor to receive such prestigious award and with 8 wins, he shares the record along with Shahrukh Khan for the most number of Filmfare Awards won for that category. The Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan award in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 for his contributions towards Indian cinema and nominated him to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament for a term. He has retired from the Indian film industry in 1998.
  3. Amitabh Bachchan

    Amitabh Bachchan Famous Indian Actor In Bollywood

    Amitabh Bachchan

    He was born on October 11, 1942, in Allahabad. He is the son of late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. The trademark deep baritone voice, the tall, brooding persona, and intense eyes made Amitabh Bachchan the ideal Angry Young Men in 70s or 80s. But, It was not easy for him to make his entrance in Bollywood. He was not well accepted as a hero because of his tall height and fair body color. At first, he made his debut as a voice narrator in 1969 in Mrinal Sen’s National Award Winning film- Bhuvan Shome. He got his first acting opportunity in Khwaja Ahmad Abbas directed Saat Hindustani as one of the seven protagonists. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s as the ‘angry young man’ of Hindi cinema and has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. He also hosts the television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati. He is undoubtedly one of the most popular figures in Hindi film industry. For his acting performance, he is called Big B, Shahenshah etc. In his career, he has won numerous major awards including 4 National Film Awards and 14 Film fare Awards.
  4. Rajinikanth

    Rajinikanth Best Hero in Bollywood


    Source-:India Today

    Rajinikanth has been a megastar in the Tamil movie industry since the 70s. He is one of the highest earning actors in Asia. He has also worked in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and English movies. Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (Rajinikanth) was born on December 12, 1950, in Karnataka, India. before making his entrance to the film industry, he has to do all types of jobs, including carpenter, coolie, bus-conductor. K. Balachandra directed 1975 Tamil movie Apoorva Raagagngal gave him the opportunity to make his debut as co-star alongside Kamal Haasan. However, he cast as the main hero in the 1978 film Bairavi. This film was box office hit and he didn’t have to look back. Casting Rajinikanth in the male lead role always work like a magic. His name was enough to attract millions of fans and make a film box office hit. His way of delivering the speech, style and mannerism helped him to get huge popularity. In his 2007 film Sivaji, he was paid 26 crores for his role and became the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan. For his contribution to Indian cinema, he was given to Padma Bhushan in 2000. Except acting, he also worked as a producer and screenwriter.
  5. Kamal Haasan

    Kamal Haasan Top Bollywood Actor In India

    Kamal Haasan

    Source-:Cinema News

    If ever there was a one-man industry, Kamal Haasan is it. Actor, director, screenwriter, producer and choreographer, there is nothing that he can’t do. He is one of the very few lucky actors who has gained equal popularity in almost all the major Indian language films- Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He is also one of very few actors to have completed 50 years in cinema. He made his acting debut as a 4-year-old child artist in Kalathur Kannamma, where he starred alongside the veteran Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan. It helped him to get the National Fim Award for Best Child Artist. He made his debut as an adult in the 1975 drama Apoorva Raagangal, in which he played a rebellious youth in love with an older woman. After that, he went on to act in several romantic films. A highly respected actor, Kamal is unquestionably a living legend, one who has stretched himself beyond the points of fathomable versatility. Perhaps most applauded for his performance in Mani Ratnam’s Nayagan, Haasan is a rigid method actor who breathes the air his characters do. The truly impressive thing, however, is his refusal to be pigeonholed into any one ‘kind’ of cinema. In his long lasting career, he has starred in more than 150 movies including all major Indian languages. He won several Indian film awards, including 4 National Film Awards and numerous Filmfare Awards. He is perhaps the only Indian actor bagging more than 18 Filmfare Awards. This man is a living legend that we have amongst us today. His genre of acting lies in his versatility. He has received the honorable Padamshri and we can say that an industry lies in him for the versatility present in him.
  6. Chiranjeevi

    Chiranjeevi Popular Actor In India


    Source-:Indian Express

    He is a popular actor, producer, and politician has worked primarily in Telugu cinema, including Tamil, Kannada and Hindi films. He is also widely regarded as ‘Megastar’ in the media.He has the huge fan following in Andhra Pradesh. He was born at Mogalthur, a small village near Narsapur (Andhra Pradesh) on August 22. His real name is Siva Sankara Varaprasad but with a screen name “Chiranjeevi” suggested by his mother, he made his acting debut in 1979 with Telugu film Punadhirallu, directed by Rajkumar. His first released film was Pranam Khareedu. In a film career spanning more than 30 years, he has starred in nearly 150 feature films. Apart from this power packed performances in movies, this macho man is well known for his extraordinary dances and fights. He featured in box-office hit films. He won a number of awards from National Film award (1998) to Padma Bhushan (2006). He also won Nandi Award (4 times) and Filmfare Awards South. Talking about his political career, in 2008 Chiranjeevi started Praja Rajyam, a political party in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In 2012, he was sworn in as the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. He has two daughters, Sushmita and Sreeja and a son, Ram Charan Teja (a popular actor in Tollywood).
  7. Naseeruddin Shah

    Naseeruddin Shah Best Actor In India

    Naseeruddin Shah


    Another gem from the Hindi film industry, who has found success in both art movies and mainstream masala films. Naseeruddin was born on the 20th of July in the year 1950 to a Muslim background Barabanki situated in Uttar Pradesh, India. In the year 1971, Naseeruddin graduated in the field of arts from the well-known Aligarh Muslim University after which he joined the National School of Drama situated in Delhi. Throughout his career, Naseeruddin acted in various notable movies such as Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Katha, Trikal, Sparsh and numerous others. Early in his career he appeared in the Ismail Shroff directed ‘Dil Aakhir Dil Hai’ where he starred opposite actress Rakhi Ji. Soon enough he began to get more involved with Bollywood films ever he starred in the 1980 flick ‘Hum Paanch’ directed by Bapu. His next major success was in the year 1996 when he starred in ‘Karma’ directed by Subash Ghai. In 1988 he starred in the English film ‘The Perfect Murder’ where he played the role of Inspector Ghote opposite Ratna Pathak, his wife. In 1994, he made his entry into the Malayalam film industry with T.V. Chandra’s drama, ‘Ponthan Mada’. He also gave a brilliant performance in the 2008 Neeraj Pandey directed ‘A Wednesday’. Some of the international signings, which he had done are as follows- ‘Monsoon Wedding’ and ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’. His very first Pakistani film was ‘Khuda K Liye’, which was directed by Shoaib Mansoor. Here he did a very small role. He won numerous awards- Padma Bhushan (2003), 3 National Film Award (1979, 1984, 2006), 3 Filmfare Best Actor Award (1981, 1982), Volpi Cup Best Actor Award (1984), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2000), International Indian Film Academy Award in Negative role (2000). A pioneer actor from the parallel cinema movement, shah’s impact on Indian pop culture has been immense. The first true star of independent Hindi cinema, Naseer was one of the few actors who thanks to his dashing charm, flourished on both sides of the fence, finding both arthouses as well as masala success. Few heroes can manage a Tirchi Topiwale alongside a Mirch Masala, but Shah remains every director’s dream actor. He is one such actor who immerses himself into the character.
  8. Irfan Khan

    Irfan Khan, Top Actor In India

    Irfan Khan


    Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan also popularly known as Irfan khan is an Indian actor. Irfan was born and brought up in Jaipur, India. He was born on January 7, 1967, into a Muslim Nawab family. He was studying for his M.A degree when he earned a scholarship to study at National School of Drama in New Delhi in 1984. After graduating in 1987, Khan moved to Mumbai, where he acted in numerous television serials like Chanakya, Sara Jahan Hamara, Chandrakanta, Sparsh etc. He was the main villain in a series called Darr (which aired on Star Plus), where he played the role of a psycho serial killer, opposite K.K. Menon. Theatre and television kept him afloat until Mira Nair offered him a cameo in Salaam Bombay (1988) though his role was edited out in the final film. In the 90s he appeared in the critically acclaimed film Ek Doctor ki Maut and such a Long Journey (1998) and various other films which went unnoticed. After many unsuccessful films, things changed when London-based director Asif Kapadia gave him the lead in The Warrior, a historical film completed in 11 weeks on the locals in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. In 2001, The Warrior stormed in international film festivals making Irfan Khan a known face, world over. In 2003 he acted in Indian born writer-director, Asvin Kumar’s short film, Road to Ladakh. After the film received rave reviews at international festivals, the film is now being made into a full-length feature, again starring Irfan Khan. His first Bollywood main lead role came in 2005 with film Rog. Thereafter he appeared in several films either playing the leading role or a supporting role and as a villain. Khan is known for his work predominantly in Hindi cinema. He is also known for his works in British cinema, and Hollywood. Film critics, contemporaries, and other experts consider him to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema for his versatile and natural acting. In 2011, khan received the Padam Shri for his contribution to the field of arts. He also won the 2014 Asian Film Award for Best Actor, 3 International Indian Film Academy Awards, 3 Filmfare Awards, and various international honors. He had appeared in more than 50 Indian films and a few international films, such as Life of Pie, New York, The Amazing Spider-Man and Jurassic World. In September 2015, he was appointed as the brand ambassador for “Resurgent Rajasthan”, a campaign by the state government of Rajasthan.
  9. Prakash Raj

    Prakash Raj Popular Actor in India

    Prakash Raj

    Source-:Women Exclusive

    Prakash Rai, also known as Prakash Raj is an Indian method actor and producer in Kannada, Telugu, and Tamil language films. He was born in 1965 in Mangalore and his mother tongue is Tulu. Prakash Rai began his acting career with Kannada Doordarshan serials like Bisilu Kudure and Guddada Bhootha. He later took up small supporting roles in Kannada films like Raamachari, Lookup Death etc and was noticed for his dialogue delivery and histrionics. His breakthrough role came in form of Harakeya Kuri starring Vishnuvardhan and Geetha, directed by K.S.L Swamy. His performance in the movie was noticed by Geetha and her, in turn, introduced him to her mentor, the noted director K. Balachander. Prakash Rai re-entered Kannada films with a bang through Nagamandala in 1997, directed by T.S Naghabarana. His original name ‘Prakash Rai’ in Kannada screen was rechristened to, ‘Prakash Raj’ by K. Balachander for his debut movie ‘Duet’. He is considered to be one of the most natural actors in the film industry and has a good reputation for his acting skills. He is also the highest paid villain in Indian cinema. He is one of the most sought after actors especially for his father/negative roles gave the same lasting impression in Bollywood as it did down south. He maintains high standards and has been appreciated for various movies like Khakee, Wanted, Singham, Buddha Hoga Tera Bapp, Dabanng2 etc.
  10. Shahrukh Khan

    Shahrukh Khan Top Bollywood Actor In India

    Shahrukh Khan


    The superstar, most iconic Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and informally referred as SRK, referred to in the media as “Badshah of Bollywood”, “King Khan”, and “King of Romance”. King of Indian film industry and owner of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders Shah Rukh Khan was born on 2 November 1965. He was popular among Indian audiences since he started his career as TV star and he starts his career in the film industry with movie Deewana in 1992. Khan has acted in 75 Hindi films in genres ranging from romantic dramas to action thrillers. His contribution to the film has garnered him numerous achievements, including 14 Filmfare awards from 30 nominations. His 8 Filmfare best actor award win made him the most awarded Bollywood actor of all time in that category, tied only with actor Dilip Kumar. In 2005, the Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri for his contribution towards Indian cinemas. Khan is considered to be one of the biggest film stars in cinematic history, with a fan following claimed to number in the billions; in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called him “the world’s biggest movie star”. He has also been regularly featured in the listing of the most powerful names in Indian Cinema.
  11. Salman Khan

    Salman Khan Best Actor In India

    Salman Khan


    One of Notable Indian actor Salman Khan popularly known as Bhai Jaan in Indian film industry is one of the highest paid stars of Bollywood. He is a well-known actor, producer, philanthropist and TV entertainer of Hindi Cinema. Born as Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan (1965), is the eldest son of India’s famous screenwriter, Salim Khan. Salman started his career in 1989 and since then he is ruling Bollywood. He starts working in his first movie ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’ and then got a fantastic breakthrough with leading role in next super hit movie ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ in 1989. He has starred in more than 80 Hindi films and thus far has established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema. He got many famous awards of Hindi cinema. Often known as Bollywood’s “bad boy”, his knack of walking into trouble has overshadowed people’s perception of him as an actor. He has been featured as the bad guy of the industry several times over. But many-a-common-man claims that this macho hunk has a heart made of pure gold.
  12. Aamir Khan

    Aamir Khan, Best Actor In India

    Aamir Khan


    One of most handsome actor In India Amir Khan also called The backbone of Indian film industry. He is a film director, producer, and actor who born on 14 March 1965 in Maharashtra, India. He is popularly known as Mr. Perfectionist in the Indian film industry as most of the films he had acted in are perfect from all angles. He has not only produced several meaningful films but several TV serials like Satyamev Jayte that had awakened people for their duties and responsibilities. The “Mr. Perfectionist” of the Indian movie industry Aamir Khan due to the fact that he is renowned for preparing for his role and following the method school of acting. He along with Kamal Haasan are considered the ultimate method actors in the Indian movie industry. From last few years, Aamir Khan has been given super hits to the Hindi cinema. Aamir has given us numerous brilliant movies including 3 idiots, Dhoom3, PK, and Dangal etc.
  13. Hrithik Roshan

    Hrithik Roshan Top Actor In India

    Hrithik Roshan

    Source-:DNA India

    He is one of the most attractive personalities of popular Bollywood actors. Born on 10 January 1974 (Mumbai) in a family of cinema personalities, Hrithik’s first movie role was a child artist when he was 6 years old was in the film Aasha. He is known for his remarkable dancing and acting skills. Hrithik has won 6 Filmfare awards and his life-size wax figure was installed at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum making him the 5th Indian actor who has been replicated as a wax statue. He also receives an international award at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival for ‘Jodha Akbar’. An international website has ranked Hrithik as the 5th most good-looking hunk on planet earth.
  14. Akshay Kumar

    Akshay Kumar, Popular Actor In India

    Akshay Kumar


    He was born on September 9, 1967. A long road traveled; from a waiter in Bangkok to the most successful actor in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar has come a long way. As an instructor in Martial Arts, Rajiv Bhatia always dreamed of making a big in that field. But, when a student suggested that with his good looks and good built, he should take up modeling, the anonymous Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia began his journey as Akshay Kumar, who then slowly but surely worked his way up to becoming one of the most talented stars of the industry. Stunned at the pay package and his success as a model, Akshay took the next obvious step and entered into films. However, unlike most of the other stars in his time, Akshay neither has star parents, nor a godfather to launch him, although his first few films were unsuccessful. His first true hit film was Khiladi (1992) and although it was a success, the top banners continued to be elusive until Yeh Dillagi (1994), which not only got him recognition but marked his position as a top league actor. With a series of Khiladi movies including the Khiladi yon k Khiladi, Akshay became the quintessential action hero. But with Dil to Pagal Hai and Aflatoon, he attempted new genres in order to change his stereotypical image and he was quite successful at it. Another attempt at a new role with ‘Ajnabee’, where he played the villain, was again well portrayed and well received by audiences and critics alike. Another memorable performance with the film ‘Hera Pheri and ‘Phir Hera Pheri’, which brought to the forefront his strength in comedy and superb timing proved that Akshay was a sure-fire hit in all types of movies. He has appeared in over a 100 Hindi films. He has been nominated for Filmfare Awards and winning it 2 times.
  15. Anil Kapoor

    Anil Kapoor Top Actor In India

    Anil Kapoor

    Source-:World Blaze

    He is also most popular and successful actor in Bollywood industry. Born in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai on 24 December 1959 in the family of filmmakers. His father Surinder Kapoor and brother Boney Kapoor had been filmed, producers. Anil acquired a graduate degree from the Film and T.V Institute of India in Pune. Anil Kapoor was a fan of Raj Kapoor, and it was this that influenced his acting, and people saw him as a mimic of the legendary showman. He landed a role as a child artist with Shashi Kapoor in the lead, but the movie was never released. He started his film career in 1979 with few minor roles in movies like Hamare Tumhare (1979), Hum Paanch (1980) and Shakti (1982). Woh Saat Din was his first leading role in Hindi films where his performance was highly acclaimed. He has acted in close to 100 movies and has 5 in production. He has produced 2 movies (Gandhi My Father and Badhaai Ho Badhaai), as well as been a casting director/outdoor in charge of ‘Hum Paanch’. Anil won his first Filmfare Award for the best supporting role in the film Mashaal with the legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar. His huge box office hit was Mr. India opposite Sridevi and Amrish Puri in 1987. In 1992, his role in Beta earned him his second Filmfare Award for the best actor. Anil Kapoor’s first role in an international film was in Danny Boyle’s (2008) Academy Award- winning film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he shared the screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a cast in the motion picture. He also starred in the American television series 24, in its 8th season. Anil married to Sunita Bhambhani (model) in 1984 and the couple has 3 children- Sonam Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, and Harshwardhan Kapoor.

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