Most Underrated actors/directors of Bollywood

by guddu-dhanoa | created - 14 Jun 2011 | updated - 14 Jun 2011 | Public

1. Akshaye Khanna

Actor | Dil Chahta Hai

Akshaye Khanna was born in Mumbai in 1975. He is the middle son of Bollywood actor and politician Vinod Khanna, and the younger brother of actor Rahul Khanna.

After studying in Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute in Mumbai, Khanna made his acting debut in Bollywood in 1997 with the movie Himalay ...

2. Manoj Bajpayee

Actor | Gangs of Wasseypur

Manoj Bajpayee was born on April 23, 1969 in Belwa, Bihar, India. He is an actor and producer, known for Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Satya (1998) and Aks (2001). He has been married to Neha since February 23, 2005.

3. Jimmy Shergill

Actor | A Wednesday

Shergill was born in a Sikh family in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. He moved to Punjab, the place of his ancestors, in 1985 where he studied in Yadavindra Public School, Patiala and Bikram College Patiala. He learnt acting from Sri Harpal Singh, and then moved to Mumbai to work in the entertainment ...

4. Ajay Devgn

Actor | Shivaay

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 Jigar (1992), Dilwale (1994), Suhaag (1994), Naajayaz (1995), Diljale ...

5. Sharman Joshi

Actor | 3 Idiots

Sharman Joshi was born on April 28, 1979 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor, known for 3 Idiots (2009), Rang De Basanti (2006) and Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006). He has been married to Prerna Chopra since 2000. They have three children.

6. Ashutosh Gowariker

Writer | Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

An actor who took up directing after almost a decade, Ashutosh Gowariker is one of those rare people who take the path less taken and, although it was a rough going, he is now one of India's elite directors. He began his film career modeling in commercials by Govind Nihalani and Jenny Pinto. He ...

7. Rajkumar Hirani

Writer | PK

Rajkumar Hirani was born on November 20, 1962 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. He is a writer and editor, known for PK (2014), Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) and 3 Idiots (2009).

8. Akshay Kumar

Actor | Baby

Akshay Kumar, born September 9, 1967, is an actor. 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 ...

9. 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 ...

10. Aamir Khan

Actor | Taare Zameen Par

Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970's hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) - he was the youngest child in the trio.

His performance in Earth (1998) as the Ice-Candy man has received rave reviews from Indian and international critics. Using classic "method acting" and an adopted ...

11. Abhay Deol

Actor | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Abhay Deol (born in 1976, India) is an Indian film actor. He is the nephew of famous veteran actor Dharmendra and cousin of actors Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol and actress Esha Deol. After graduating from Mumbai University, Abhay headed to Los Angeles and studied Fine Arts. After completing a two year...

12. Priyadarshan

Director | Kanchivaram

Priyadarshan was born as Priyadarshan Nair. He is a director and writer, known for Kanchivaram (2008), Hera Pheri (2000) and Hulchul (2004). He is married to Lizy. They have two children.

13. Shreyas Talpade

Actor | Om Shanti Om

Shreyas Talpade was born on January 27, 1976 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor and producer, known for Om Shanti Om (2007), Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008) and Golmaal 3 (2010).

14. Anurag Kashyap

Producer | Gangs of Wasseypur

Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Kashyap made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film ...

15. Vivek Oberoi

Actor | Company

Vivek Oberoi was born on the 3rd of September,1976 and attended Mayo college in Ajmer. At an actors' workshop in London he was spotted by none other than the director of NYU who (unsurprisingly) whisked Vivek off to New York, where he completed his Masters Degree in film acting. Back home in India ...

16. Kay Kay Menon

Actor | Haider

Kay Kay Menon was born on October 2, 1966 in Kerala, India as Krishna Kumar Menon. He is an actor, known for Haider (2014), Black Friday (2004) and Gulaal (2009). He is married to Nivedita Bhattacharya.

17. Nagesh Kukunoor

Director | Dhanak

Nagesh Kukunoor is a director and writer, known for Rainbow (2015), Iqbal (2005) and 3 Deewarein (2003).

18. Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla

Director | Humraaz

Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla is a director and producer, known for Humraaz (2002), Khiladi (1992) and Soldier (1998).

19. Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla

Director | Humraaz

Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla is a director and producer, known for Humraaz (2002), Khiladi (1992) and Soldier (1998).

20. Pankaj Kapur

Actor | Maqbool

Pankaj Kapur the acclaimed film, television and stage actor signified the young crop of great actors of which Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Ifran Khan formed a part. Unlike his other counterparts Kapur hasn't broken the vow to work only in good Art and Independent projects. A perfect actor Pankaj ...

21. Aftab Shivdasani

Actor | Mast

Aftab Shivdasani was born on June 25, 1978 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor and writer, known for Mast (1999), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002) and Kasoor (2001).

22. Rahul Khanna

Actor | Bollywood/Hollywood

Rahul Khanna was born on June 20, 1972 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor, known for Bollywood/Hollywood (2002), The Emperor's Club (2002) and Earth (1998).

23. Rahul Bose

Actor | Everybody Says I'm Fine!

Rahul Bose was born on July 27, 1967 in India. He is an actor and writer, known for Everybody Says I'm Fine! (2001), Split Wide Open (1999) and Vishwaroopam (2013).

24. Vinay Pathak

Actor | Bheja Fry

Vinay Pathak was born on July 12, 1968 in Bhojpur District, Bihar, India. He is an actor and writer, known for Bheja Fry (2007), Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and My Name Is Khan (2010).

25. Irrfan Khan

Actor | Dabba

Acclaimed by the critics & the entire world as one of the best actor of his times Irrfan Khan hails from India. Born and brought up in Jaipur into feudal Nawab family, though had no one from the entertainment field in the family, his passion was acting since childhood.While he was doing his masters...