The Top 50 Best Indian Film Actors (1946-2011)

The ranking has been provided with due regards to their verstality in acting and playing different characters , the genres of films they have done , their involvement in selection of tunes for the songs picturised on them and how much of their films were really good in content irrespective of box office result and those which were box office success solely due to the lead actor's awesome performance. Some of the actors have done over-acting too in few films in their careers and have repeatedly done same type of roles in a number of their hit films and their hits have been mostly multi star cast films in their age of 30-50 - such actors have been placed in lower order.
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Rajesh Khanna
Actor, Anand
Jatin Khanna, the first superstar of Indian and Hindi Cinema with 74 Golden Jubilee Hits - (which includes 48 Platinum Jubilee hits and 26 Golden Jubilee Hits) & in addition had 22 Silver Jubilee Hits and 9 average hits, was born on 29 December 1942 in Amritsar, Punjab, India. Known as the most versatile of all actors who later regionally were given superstar status in media...
“ Rajesh Khanna is the first Indian actor for whom the word "Superstar" was coined for and thus is referred to as the First Superstar of Indian Cinema and also of Hindi Film Industry.Rajesh Khanna has done 163 films of which 106 films had him as the solo hero and did only 22 multi starrers. Excluding the 9 unreleased films and 24 mere special appearances and 7 crucial special appearances ,Off the films having him as the lead hero ie.117 released films ( 21 multi star films and 106 (98 released)solo hero projects)91 of them were box office superhits.

Rajesh Khanna holds the record for consecutive 15 superhits in the period 1969-1971 and also has done BOTH the maximum critically acclaimed movies and more solo hero projects in comparison to his contemporaries till 1991 and in comparison to other actors of other eras in the age bracket of 24-55. He has had minimum of atleast 2 releases each year from 1967-1991 with him as the lead hero and did not allow himself to be typecasted with same genre of films or characters even after getting the superstar status and acquiring romantic image.When compared to other stars who subsequently got superstar status, it can be seen that he was the most Versatile Superstar of Indian Cinema.His tally of giving 15 successive superhits is a world record and an unbroken record in Indian film industry by itself.

Rajesh Khanna gave minimmum of 2 superhit films from 1968-1977 and 1979-1987.He did most of verstaile roles from his age of 24-55 itself.He left films in 1991 to join politics and later on did 3 serials and occasionally accepted film offers.

He has played variety of characters as the lead hero - as a postman in Palkon Ki Chaon Mein, as a psychopath and woman hater in Redrose, as a rickshaw puller who sacrifices his own happiness to educate a girl in Babu, as an advocate who believes in ideology that his duty is to defend the client irrespective of whether his client is the real culprit in Awaaz, as an old man who helps an old woman who is suffering a lot in her life in Amrit, as an handicapped Inspector who motivates 3 other woman and with their help gets the traitors of the country killed and arrested, as an psychiatrist who solves the problem of his client in Phir Wohi Raat , as a widowed father in search of a mother for his daughter in Agar Tum Na Hote, as a lawyer who proves that his senior has committed a rape 25 years earlier in Kudrat, as the rich arrogant man in Dhanwan , as a corrupt politician in Aaj Ka MLA Ram Avtaar , as a young musician who after becoming a widow remarries only to find that his first wife is alive and the trauma he undergoes having married two women in Asha Jyoti , as a righteous farmer in Bandhan, as a village boy who regards his sister in law as his mother in Aanchal , as a responsible young brother and college student in Do Raaste , as a rich man who becomes an accident victim and looses his memory and becomes a fisherman in Prem Bandhan, a rich industrialist in search of love in Premnagar, a revolutionary patriot who is tornapart by love and policeman like in Prem Khanai etc...

Rajesh Khanna has done the least number of multi star films in comparison to his contemporaries like Shashi Kapoor and Jeetendra(who did number of entertaining films),Dharmendra(who did action or comedy films),Amitabh Bachchan(who from 1975-1984 when he was successful in box office kept doing angry young man roles the most and majority of his hits were multi star films and in period 1984-1998 has very less films as hits to his credit as a hero).

Rajesh Khanna accepted roles of different kinds and since the start of his career itself even after gaining the Superstar status even though he had acquired romantic image since Aradhana and even in the multistar film era from 1975 till 1991 he kept doing films of different genres romantic, suspense, horror, action, political, social, fantasy,comedy , suspense , adventurous films with him as the solo hero of the project and each of the hits were critically acclaimed.

In fact even before the films with lower class frontbench class Hindi lingo became common scenario in movies with dialogoues like Bachpanse aajtak , he played the role of a con man in Mahachor(1976) and after films with this same plot got repeated with other stars like Mithun and Amitabh and later Govinda, he never accepted such roles. He occasionally accepted multi star films and even in those he had the main central character – the films were Ashanti, Kudrat and Dil E Nadaan and did three commercial potboilers with childhood and college friend Jeetendra - Dharam Kanta, Nishaan and Maqsad and with Rajnikanth in Bewafai and Zamana with Rishi Kapoor - all of which were blockbusters.

In the films he acted as the solo lead hero, other actors who were by themselves a star acted in supporting roles in his films with Khanna overpowering them in performance and footage in the movie – like Vinod Khanna in Aan Milo Sajna , Sachcha Jhuta , Kudrat and Rajput, Dharmendra in Khamoshi Dharam Aur Kanoon (In Rajput ,Dharam did share equal footage as Khanna), Amitabh Bachchan in Aanand and Namak Haram( Amitabh became a star only in 1973 although and has supporting roles only in these films), Raj Kapoor in Naukri, Vinod Mehra in Amar Prem, Anurodh, Chakravyuha and Amardeep , Shashi Kapoor in Prem Kahani and Alag Alag , Sanjeev Kumar in Aap Ki Kasam and Bandhan , Raajkumar in Kudrat and Dharam Aur Kanta and Amol Palekar in Aanchal. Also Khanna never had a problem in sharing space with his seniors like Ashok Kumar , Om Prakash and Pran.

Khanna enjoyed 100% box office success ratio with Mumtaz as all the consecutive eight films of the pair were superhits. Khanna formed legendary on-screen hit pairs with Sharmila Tagore, Asha Parekh , Mumtaz ,Hema Malini, Tina Munim , Smita Patil , Shabana Azmi and Poonam Dhillon. The actress with whom Rajesh Khanna has done maximum films(ie.15 movies) is with Hema Malini and they had together ten classic box office superhits namely Andaaz, Premnagar, Bandish, Dard , Kudrat, Rajput, Hum Dono, Babu, special appearances of Khanna in Durga, Sitapur Ki Geeta both which were woman oriented films and rest like Vijay were not a success in the box office although Janata Hawaldaar, Palkon Ki Chaon Me,Mehbooba are regarded as classic films which flopped unexpectedly and undeservingly flopped. His pairing with Tina Munim was hugely popular among the audience in the eighties both on and offscreen with Fiffty Fiffty , Souten , Bewafai , Adhikar becoming hugely successful and Insaaf Main Karoonga being a average grosser and the musical Alag Alag produced by Khanna himself.His pairing with Sharmila was artistically satisfying for him with Aradhana, Safar ,Chhoti Bahu , Amar Prem, Daag , Aavishkar as blockbusters to the credit of the pair and Tyaag as another classic under their belt. Poonam Dhillon was paired with Khanna in the eighties hits like Nishaan, Dard , Zamana and Awam and the unexpected box office dud Redrose. Asha Parekh had the musical hits like Baharoan Ke Sapne, Aan Milo Sajna, Kati Patang and Dharm Aur Qanoon with Khanna. Its not that Khanna did not taste success with other heroines but his chemistry and pairing with these specific heroines resulted in blockbusters more often. Even opposite Zeenat Aman, Khanna has Ajnabee and Chhailla Babu as superhits and Jaanwar as semi hit.The pair Rajesh Khanna- Shabana Azmi also gave box office hits like Karm, Amar Deep, Thodisi Bewafaii, Ashanti, Avtaar and Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar and average grosser Nasihat and with Smita Patil ,Khanna had Dil E Nadan , Akhir Kyun, Angaarey, Nazrana, Amrit as superhits ie commercial successes and Anokha Rishta too was a classic ahead of its time. In the mid eighties Khanna delivered superhits with Sridevi like potboiler Maqsad, critically acclaimed Naya Kadam, Masterji and Nazrana.
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Another quality of Khanna was that he had terrific music sense and used to sit with the music directors for selection of tunes for his films.This is the reason that all music directors gave very nice music score for his films. His best friends were R.D.Burman and Kishore Kumar and has done 40 films with Pancham.The three stood by eachother through eachother’s bad period in the industry.


Some of the films which are regarded as classics but were dud at the time of its release include the reincarnation drama Mehbooba,
the fantasy films Bundalbaaz and Naukri, the social film like Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein and Janata Havaldar and the suspense film Chakravyuha, the unusual love stories like Aakhri Khat, Raaz , Maalik. and the Redrose whose Tamil original version saw the lead actor getting awards and becoming a blockbuster of the year and biographical story Khudai based on Guru Dutt’s life and social dramas like Awara Baap, Aaina and Ghar Parivaar.

Aakhri Khat is the debut film of Rajesh Khanna.This film is admired at as much before the film Baby's Day Out was made in Hollywood,Chetan Anand directed this film in 1966. Even the debut film of Khanna is considered as classic and having made such an unconventional debut at such an young age, he showed how different he is as an actor from the rest of the industry.This film was followed by Raaz which was again very much ahead of its times as Raaz 1967 was a film about a person of African origin coming to a village in India which he has seen in his dreams quite often and where he finds that his lookalike had been killed.These films - Raaz, Akhri Khat and Aurat became 3 consecutive hits and regarded as classics.

The critics had taken note of his acting skills in the films Raaz and Akhri Khat already but Khanna did not become a big star with these 2 films.Rajesh Khanna got noticed by larger section of audience in the films Aurat , where Khanna played the younger brother of the main lead heroine of the film ,Padmini and in Baharoan Ke Sapne where Khanna played the role of an unemployed youth opposite Asha Parekh .Khanna tasted star stauts for the first time in box office with the musical Baharon Ke Sapne when ending had to be changed as per public demand and crtically acclaimed box office superhit Aurat and it was at this time The star Rajesh Khanna was born.After the release of Aradhana, he got the status of Superstar of Indian film industry (not just Hindi Cinema).

The double role films which Khanna acted in were not just run off the mill films or masala entertainers or based on some formula but each character was different from the other. The films in which he had a double role includes Hum Dono which was a comedy film with him playing a doctor and a poor man , Sachcha Jhuta (his first double role film) where he played the smuggler and the band master , Dard where he played the double role of father who is a prisoner convicted of a crime and a son who is a lawyer, Kudrat where he played an innocent lover and as an intelligent advocate and in Dharam Aur Kanoon where he plays the young man convicted of an offence and the father who is the judge.He did 11 double role films.

In the period 1976-1978 when his well made films with good music and story line were flopping,the few hits he had were Maha Chor, Karm, Chhailla Babu, Anurodh and Hatyara(which had Khanna in Special appearance).Among these Anurodh and Chhailla Babu are both popular superhit films of this period.

There are many actors, who while lip syncing a song, do not do justice to the singer and the song.But Rajesh Khanna used to make the facial expressions and display of the veins in neck in such a way as if he himself has the voice of Kishore Kumar in reality.
Kishore Kumar himself after becoming a successful singer gave credit to Khanna as the person due to whom he became popular and started getting more songs to sing. For this reason Kishore sang for home productions of Khanna like Alag Alag free of cost.Kishore sang for Khanna in 91 films.

The year 1985 saw seven films off the eleven with Rajesh Khanna as the solo lead hero declared box office super-hits which were Hum Dono, Bewafai, Masterji, Babu, Akhir Kyun, Zamana and Insaaf Main Karoonga and Durgaa had him in special extended appearance became a big hit too.The year 1985 saw eleven films releasing with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role as the hero, of which 8 were declared box office super-hits with Bayen Hath Ka Khel not released all over India as Khanna's films ate up box office collections of each other.

Since Rajesh Khanna was busy with so many films (each year he had minimum of three films for release from 1968-1991) he declined Mohan Kumar's Amir Garib in 1974 and Mohan Kumar was dejected but Khanna told Mohan that they would definitely work in say one or two years.Then Mohan Kumar offered the role to Devanand and the film became a big hit. Then only after 11 years Mohan Kumar got a script worth of Rajesh Khanna and offered Khanna Avtaar followed by Amrit.

Rajesh Khanna was offered Mr. India by Boney Kapoor and Shekhar Kapoor first, but he rejected after going through the script because he felt invinsible factor would be the main hero and not him and so a superstar of his calibre will be missing from the screen most of the time.Rajesh Khanna was the first choice of Yash Chopra for the lead role in Deewar but Salim Javed insisted that he take Amitabh for the film.Some of the projects which Rajesh Khanna had to reject because of being busy in other projects include Amir Garib, Paraya Dhan, Amanush, Savera, Meri Aawaz Suno, Palay Khan, Aaj Ki Awaaz, Aankh Micholi. ” - yehhawayein Sardsardhai
 
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Sanjeev Kumar
Actor, Sholay
Harihar Jariwala a.k.a. Sanjeev Kumar was born in a Gujrati family in 1938. He portrayed many roles irrespective of the age or the type of chararcter. The actor ballooned in size in later years of his life due to the gastronomical pleasures he had inherited by sleeping in a kitchen while he was a child (which became the cause of his death in 1985 when he died of a heart ailment)...
 
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Shivaji Ganesan
Actor, Padaiyappa
Tamil superstar from a poor family in Tamil Nadu, India. His father worked on the railways. On the day of his birth his father, Chiniah Pillai, follower of Mahatma Gandhi, was jailed for participating in the Independence movement in Nellikuppam (Tamil Nadu, India). He was frequently in and out of jail, and was raised by his mother, Rajamani Ammal...
 
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Pran
Actor, Don
Pran was one of the leading character actors of Indian cinema. He was born on 12 February,1920 at Delhi. Pran was educated at different places namely Kapurthala, Unnao, Meerut, Dehradun and Rampur as his father late Lala Kewal Krishnan Sikand was a Government Civil Contractor for the construction of roads and bridges...
 
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Dilip Kumar
Actor, Madhumati
Dilip Kumar is considered to be one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema. Starting his career in 1944, he has starred in some of the biggest commercially successful films in the period 1949-1961. . He was the first actor to receive a Filmfare Best Actor Award and holds the record for most number of Filmfare Awards won for that category...
 
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Ashok Kumar
Ashok Kumar was one of India's most famous actors from before to after its independence from the UK. As a young assistant to Bengali film-maker Himanshu Rai, he got his start in acting by accident when he volunteered to substitute for the lead actor, Jeevan Naya, who fell ill before production on the film Achhut Kanya was to start...
 
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M.G. Ramachandran
Actor, Kavalkaran
M.G. Ramachandran (1917-1987), popularly known as MGR, dominated like no other, the films and politics of India's Tamil Nadu state. A charismatic actor and philanthropist, he commanded the idolatrous adulation of millions of Tamilians and became Tamil Nadu's chief minister. His achievements in 3 fields...
 
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Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan was born November 7, 1954 in Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu. He debuted as a child artiste in the film "Kalathoor Kannamma" (1960), which was released in the year 1960. Since then, he has starred in nearly 200 films in the major Indian languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He has been a part of the film industry for 52 years...
 
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Mammootty
Actor, Pathemari
Mammootty, the mega actor of Malayalam film industry, was born to Ismail (an agriculturist) and Fatima (a homemaker). He had two younger brothers Ibrahim and Zakariah; and three sisters, Ameena, Sauda and Shafina. He did his high school (pre-degree) at Maharaja's College, Thevara and then studied law at Ernakulam Government Law College...
 
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Mohanlal
Actor, Company
Mohanlal is best known for his work in Malayalam films. He was born to Viswanathan Nair and Santhakumari in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, in the Southern part of India on 21 May 1960. Lal's rise to fame began with roles as villains until the late 1980s, then he was introduced in a leading role by the director Fazil...
 
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Shashi Kapoor
Actor, Deewaar
Shashi Kapoor is one of the leading actors of Indian cinema having appeared in 160 movies - 12 in English and 148 in Hindi. He has appeared in 148 Hindi films - of them played the solo lead hero in 61 films, was lead hero in 53 released multi star cast Hindi films, 2 unreleased multi star film and 21 Hindi films had him in supporting role...
 
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Dharmendra
Actor, Sholay
Dharmendra is one of the biggest stars of Indian cinema. Dharmendra Deol played the romantic hero in woman centric films from 1960-1968 and became romantic hero from 1968-69 and played the role of action hero from 1975-1997 in A grade films. Dharmendra has appeared in 288 films which includes 158 multi...
 
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Guru Dutt
Actor, Pyaasa
Considered to be a man ahead of his time, Guru Dutt was one of the greatest icons of commercial Indian cinema. Although he made less than fifty films, they are believed to be the best to come from Bollywood's Golden Age, known both for their ability to reach out to the common man and for their artistic and lyrical content...
 
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Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri
Born into a farmer's family, Rama Rao Taraka Nandamuri got his bachelors of arts degree and took a job with the government. Married to Nandamuri Basavatarakam, he began acting in films, his first being Mana Desam, in which he played a police officer. His first movie as a hero was Palletoori Pilla...
 
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Rajkumar
Dr. Rajkumar was born in 1929 in Gajanur and brought up in a poor family. He only studied up to 3rd standard before he dropped out of school. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a traveling actor who performed in various villages. He joined the Gubbi Veeranna drama company to play drama...
 
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Vinod Khanna
Actor, Dabangg
At the start of his career, he played supporting or villainous characters in films such as Purab Aur Paschim, Sachaa Jhutha, Aan Milo Sajna, and Mastana in 1970, and in Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Elaan and Aan Milo Sajna in 1971.He got his first break as the solo lead hero in the film Hum Tum Aur Woh (1971)...
 
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Dev Anand
Actor, Guide
After having played the Lead Actor for more than five decades in over 110 motion pictures, Dev Anand continues to bestride Indian Cinema today. He has given a new dimension to that magical state known as Stardom. And for his exemplary work he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2001 by the President of India...
 
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Rajinikanth
Actor, Enthiran
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (Rajnikanth) was born on December 12, 1949 in Karnataka. He was a bus conductor during which time he reportedly caught the fancy of the bus travelers with his mannerisms and style of issuing tickets and blowing the whistle and so on. Looking to become an actor, he moved to Chennai and joined the film institute...
 
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Amitabh Bachchan
The trademark deep baritone voice, the tall, brooding persona, and intense eyes, made Amitabh Bachchan the ideal "Angry Young Man" in the 1975-84. The son of the late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan, he was born in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. After completing his education from Sherwood College...
 
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Amrish Puri
Believe it or not, Amrish Puri wanted to become a Bollywood movie hero but failed a screen test in 1954. And what a failure it was! Mr. Puri went on to become one of the most renowned and credible villains in the history of Indian cinema. His most memorable and often quoted role is the character of 'Mogambo' (with the catchphrase "Mogambo Khush Hua")...
 
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Om Puri
Om Puri is an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. He has received an honorary OBE. Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked on the railways and served in the Indian Army. Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India...
 
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Shammi Kapoor
Actor, Rockstar
Shamsher Raj "Shammi" Kapoor was the son of theater and film actor Prithviraj Kapoor and his wife Ramsarni "Rama" Mehra Kapoor. Shammi's acting career began in 1948, when he joined his father's theatrical company "Prithvi Theatres." Like his father and his brothers, Shammi eventually moved into the world of movie-making...
 
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Raj Kapoor
Actor, Sangam
Raj Kapoor was the son of well-known Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who acted both in film and on stage. After apprenticing in the Bollywood production studios of the 1940's, at 24 years of age Raj Kapoor produced, directed and acted in Aag, with his new company, RK Films. His next production...
 
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Thilakan
Probably the best actor India ever produced and one of the most versatile and gifted actor in the world. Thilakan was stubborn, uncompromising and very critical of the way lead heroes. But his actiing capabilities were well above a normal actor can think of. He is one of the few actors along with Jagathy Sreekumar whom movie industry didn't exploit well...
 
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Gemini Ganesan
Known as one of the "big three" of South Indian Cinema of yesteryear (the other two being M.G. Ramchandran, and Sivaji Ganesan), Ramaswamy Ganesan had acted in several box-office hits between 1950 and 1970. Born on November 16, 1919, he was a graduate from an orthodox Brahmin family, and had begun his career as a Lecturer in the Madras Christian College...
 
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Prem Nazir
Prem Nazir is considered to be the biggest star in Malyalam film history. He graduated from St. Berchman's College in Changanassery, Kerala. He started acting for the Excel company and most of his films were for the Udaya and Merryland Studios. He portrayed the ideal male in most of his films.
 
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Rehman
Rehman Khan was born in Lahore, British India on June 23, 1923 in a Pathan family believed to be the descendants of Afghanistan's King Amanuallah. His family subsequently re-located to Jabalpur where he attended the Robinson College. After completing college he joined the Indian Air Force as a Pilot...
 
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Kishore Kumar
Music Department, Sholay
Abhas Kumar Ganguly was born in Khandwa, now in Madhya Pradesh. His dad's name was Kunjilal, a lawyer by profession, and his mom's name was Gouri Devi, who came from a wealthy family. Kishore was the youngest in the Ganguly family, preceded by Ashok Kumar, Sati, & Anoop Kumar (I). Sati was married to Sashadhar Mukherjee...
 
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Aamir Khan
Actor, 3 Idiots
Aamir Khan was born on March 14 1965 in Holy Family Hospital in Bandra, Mumbai in India in a conservative Muslim family which has been part of Hindi Film Industry for a long time. Aamir first came on screen as a child artist in his Uncle Nasir Hussain's production Yaadon Ki Baaraat, it was not a real part just a blink and miss appearance in the title song of the film...
 
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Hrithik Roshan
Often described as India's 'most complete actor', Hrithik Roshan is the culmination of old Hindi film industry from both sides of his pedigree. His maternal grandfather - director-producer _J. Om Prakash_ - first introduced little Hrithik onscreen at age 6 by slyly having his crew shoot without the boy's knowledge as he danced on the set of Aasha while visiting grandpa...
 
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Ajith Kumar
Actor, Mankatha
Ajith Kumar is an Indian film actor who has worked mainly in Tamil cinema. He is one of the leading actors in Tamil Cinema. He began his career as a supporting actor in a Telugu film before gaining critical recognition in the Tamil thriller Aasai (1995). A succession of high-grossing films followed where Ajith was usually depicted as a romantic hero...
 
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Akshay Kumar
Actor, Hera Pheri
This handsome man out of nowhere suddenly entered Bollywood's film industry. He studied martial arts in Hong Kong. It was a student that suggested that he try modeling. Because of his success as model, he was offered films. Along with his good looks and excellent martial art skills, he was always the first choice to do adventurous movies...
 
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Anil Kapoor
Living in a Chawl in Tilak Nagar, Punjabi-speaking Anil was born in 1959 to Surinder and Nirmal aka Suchitra Kapoor. He has an elder brother, Boney, a sister, Reena, and a younger brother, Sanjay. His dad used to be Shammi Kapoor's Secretary. A loner, without many friends, he studied in the nearby O.L.P.S...
 
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Shah Rukh Khan
Sharukh Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi, India. He married Gauri Khan on 25 October 1991. They have three children, son Aryan Khan (b. 1997), son AbRam (b.2013) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). Khan started out his career by appearing in several television serials during 1988-1990. He made his film debut with the commercially successful Deewana...
 
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Madhavan
Actor, 3 Idiots
Madhavan was born on June 1, 1970, in a Tamil-speaking family. At the age of 18 his college entrusted him with the responsibility of representing India as a Cultural Ambassador to Canada. A year later he and three others from his college were sent to Britain as army cadets and received training in the royal army, navy, and Air Force...
 
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Ranbir Kapoor
Actor, Barfi!
Son of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh; nephew of actors Randhir Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor. Grandnephew of actors Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, Shammi Kapoor, Geeta Bali; cousin of actresses Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor. Belongs to the fourth generation of highly prestigious and considered to be the first family of Bollywood (Hindi film industry): Kapoor Family...
 
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Nana Patekar
Vishwanath Patekar (born on January 1, 1951 in Murud-Janjira, Maharashtra, India) is an actor, writer and filmmaker. He is known for his work on Ab Tak Chhappan, Raajneeti and Parinda. He made his acting debut in the early 70's and since then has been nominated for multiple awards. He won a National Film Award and a Filmfare award for his supporting role in Parinda...
 
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Salman Khan
Born on December 27, 1965 Salman Khan is the son of the legendary writer Salim Khan, who penned many super-hits in the yesteryear's like Sholay, Deewaar, and Don. Salman started his acting carrier in 1988 by doing a supporting role in the movie Biwi Ho To Aisi. The following year he had the leading role in the box office romantic hit Maine Pyar Kiya...
 
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Vijay
Actor, Thuppakki
Vijay was born to a famous Tamil film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar. His career geared up when he acted in Ghilli, one of the biggest blockbuster in Tamilnadu. He has won awards such as the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor and Dinakaran Best Actor Award. Vijay was given an Honorary doctorate title in 2007 for his social services.
 
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Chiranjeevi
Actor, Indra
This Macho Telugu Star was a student at the Madras Film Institute and an amateur stage actor. His first public performance was in the Republic Day parade ballet of Andra Pradesh on 26 January, 1976. His film debut was Punadhirallu (1978). His brother-in-law is producer Allu Aravind. His success started with Initilo Ramayya Vidhilo Krishnayya (1981)...
 
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Jiiva
Actor, Ko
He starred as a child star in his father's production. Audiences remember him as the cute boy who brought an estranged father and son together in "Suryavamsam". His real name is Amar Chowdary. He has 4 brothers, Suresh, a joint producer at Super GOOD films, Jeevan, who has his own business and Ramesh...
 
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Sunil Dutt
Actor, social activist and politician. Sunil Dutt wore many hats and excelled in a plethora of roles that came his way - both on and off screen. Born on June 6th, 1929, Sunil Dutt grew up as Balraj Dutt in a family that had survived the Partition of India. A student of Mumbai's Jai Hind college, he first started off as radio show host and celebrity interviewer...
 
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Arjun
Actor, Mankatha
 
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Jackie Shroff
Actor, Devdas
Jaikishen was born in the Gujarati-speaking Shroff family on February 1, 1957. His dad's name is Kakubhai, his brother's is Hemant, and they live in Bandra, Bombay in a bungalow named 'Le Pepeyon". A vegetarian, Jaikishen made his Bollywood debut in a bit-role as a villain in the hit Heera Panna which starred 'Dev Anand'. He then went on to act in another Dev Anand movie, Swami Dada...
 
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Danny Denzongpa
Danny, who married Gawa Denzongpa, a Sikkimese princess and niece of the last chogyal from her hometown of Gangtok, currently resides in Juhu in Mumbai. He likes to listen to Nepali folk music especially Nepali flutes. In recent times he has become more selective as to the roles he plays. He does not work in March...
 
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Ajay Devgn
Actor, Drishyam
Ajay Devgn is an Indian film actor, director, and producer. He made his film debut with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance in the film. He then starred in films such as Heart, Dilwale, Suhaag, Naajayaz, Diljale and Ishq...
 
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Vishnuvardhan
Vishnuvardhan's father was a famous artist and script writer for films. His father also taught dance. Vishnu's sister, Smt. Ramaramachandra, was a famous kathak dancer, who was praised by the King of Mysore. Vishnuvardhan has one elder brother and four sisters. Vishnuvardhan did his primary schooling in Mysore's Gopalswamy School...
 
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Rishi Kapoor
Actor, D-Day
Born in south Mumbai, Kapoor is the second son of film director and actor Raj Kapoor. He did his schooling with his brothers at Campion School,Mumbai. His brothers are well-known actors, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor debuted in his father's 1970 film Mera Naam Joker, playing his father's role as a child...
 
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Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt, son of Nargis and Sunil Dutt, was first featured in Rocky. Although the film did well, it failed to promote him as an established actor. Sanjay's personal life was exacerbated by drug problems, and worsened with the demise of his first wife, Richa Sharma, from cancer...
 
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Jeetendra
Ravi Kapoor was born in a business family that dealt with imitation Jewelery and used to live in a chawl. While supplying jewelry to V. Shantaram, he was cast as Sandhya's double in the 1959 movie 'Navrang'. His first break as a Bollywood leading man came in 'Geet Gaya Patharon Ne'. Although Ravi Kapoor was born on April 7...
 
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Govinda
Actor, Partner
Govinda was born on December 21, 1963. Govinda has acted in over 120 films since his debut in 1986. Govinda is best-known for his comedy related roles; his powerful contribution in dancing in bollywood is inevitable. He is one of the most successful actors and is definitely the best dancer in bollywood...
 
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Rajendra Kumar
Rajendra was born in the Punjabi-speaking Tuli family on July 12, 1929, in Sialkot, British India (now located in Pakistan). After the turbulent years of partition, at the age of 21, Rajendra got his first break in 'Jogan' during 1950. He attained fame in 'Mother India' during 1957, playing the son of Nargis Dutt...
 
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Feroz Khan
Actor, Janasheen
Firoz was born in Bangalore on September 25, 1939 to a Pathan father, Sadiq, and an Iranian mother, Fatima. He has three brothers, Abbas alias Sanjay, Akbar, and Sameer. Both Sanjay and Akbar are actors within their own rights, while Sameer is a film-maker and assists in their Golden Palms Spa located in Bangalore...
 
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Farooq Shaikh
Farooq Sheikh was an Indian actor, philanthropist and a television presenter. He was known for his work in Hindi films from 1977 to 1989. He returned to acting in films in 2008. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He's acted in serials and shows on television and has performed on stage in famous productions like Tumhari Amrita...
 
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Randhir Kapoor
Actor, Housefull
Randhir Kapoor is one of the most influential men in Bollywood apart being the head of RK Studios in Chembur, Bombay - a studio that was started by his father - the showman Raj Kapoor. Randhir played the lead hero in 34 films from 1971-1987 and had 23 of them as box-office hits. Randhir Kapoor was 3rd highest paid actor from 1971-1975 with Dharmendra and 4th from 1976-1983...