The Best Bollywood Actors of All Time

Raw talent, versatility and screen presence are the factors that were most considered in compiling this list on the best Bollywood actors of all time.
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“ His best performances include A Wednesday; Iqbal; Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro; Ijaazat; Ishqiya; Masoom; Mirch Masala; Paar and Sparsh. ” - ekhasinathi
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)...
“ His best performances include Aandhi; Angoor; Dastak; Koshish; Mausam; Shatranj ke Khilari and Sholay. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Awaara; Mera Naam Joker; Shree 420 and Teesri Kasam. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Aashirwad; Achhoot Kanya; Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi; Kismet and Rakhi. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Devdas; Madhumati and Naya Daur. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Kaagaz Ke Phool; Pyaasa and Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam. ” - ekhasinathi
Rajesh Khanna
Actor, Anand
Rajesh 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.Rajesh entered Hindi films in the year 1965 when he began shooting for Raaz and did 180 films...
“ His best performances include Anand; Aradhana and Bawarchi. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Mother India; Mujhe Jeene Do; Padosan; Reshma Aur Shera and Yaadein. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Ardh Satya; Dhoop; Maachis and Sadgati. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Abhimaan; Amar, Akbar, Anthony; Chupke Chupke; Deewar and Sholay. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Do Bigha Zameen; Garam Hawa; Seema and Waqt. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Kalyug; Muhafiz; New Delhi Times and Shakespeare Wallah. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Heer Ranjha; Mother India and Waqt. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara; Khosla Ka Ghosla and Saaransh. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Firaaq; Hera Pheri and Sardar. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Chachi 420; Hey Ram and Pushpak. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Ab Tak Chappan; Agni Sakshi; Krantiveer and Parinda. ” - ekhasinathi
Irrfan Khan
Actor, Life of Pi
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...
“ His best performances include Haasil; Maqbool; Life In A Metro and Saat Khoon Maaf. ” - ekhasinathi
Pankaj Kapur
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 Kapur did his engineering from New Delhi topping the class and then joined National School Of Drama...
“ His best performances include Arohan; Ek Doctor Ki Maut and Maqbool. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Bobby; Do Dooni Chaar; Luck By Chance and Mera Naam Joker. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Chupke Chupke; Satyakam and Sholay. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Guide; Jewel Thief and Tere Ghar Ke Samne. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Arzoo; Mother India and Sangam. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Bhumika; Chhoti Si Baat and Gol Maal. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Brahmachari; Professor and Vidhata. ” - ekhasinathi
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)...
“ His best performances include Achanak; Mere Apne and Amar, Akbar, Anthony. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Shatranj Ke Khilari; Sholay and Utsav. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Agantuk; Bombay Talkie and Gol Maal. ” - ekhasinathi
Actor, Don
Pran was born in a very wealthy Delhi-based Sikand family on February 12, 1920. His dad, Kewal Krishan Sikand was a renowned civil contractor, Kalsi bridge in Dehra Dun was just one of his projects. As a child he had studied in Meerut, Kapurthala, Unao, Dehra Dun, & Rampur. He was very fond of dogs, and always had a dog for a pet since his childhood to date...
“ His best performances include Shaheed; Upkaar and Zanjeer. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Shaheed; Purab Aur Paschim and Upkaar. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Agneepath; Mrigaya and Swami Vivekananda. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Pinjar; Rajneeti and Satya. ” - ekhasinathi
Aamir Khan
Actor, 3 Idiots
Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970's hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat - he was the youngest child in the trio. He then concentrated on school and became a state tennis champion for Maharashtra. Aamir fell in love with the girl next door in the meantime. He proposed to her the day he turned 21...
“ His best performances include 1947: Earth; Dil Chahta Hai; Lagaan; Rang De Basanti and Sarfarosh. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Chak De India; Dil Se; Paheli and Swades. ” - ekhasinathi
Saif Ali Khan
Saif is the son of Bollywood actress, Sharmila Tagore, and Indian cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan. Both his grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, and father were professional cricketers. His mother, Sharmila Tagore, an actress within her own rights. He has two sisters, Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan, and fashion designer Saba Ali Khan...
“ His best performances include Being Cyrus; Dil Chahta Hai; Ek Hasina Thi; Omkara and Parineeta. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam; Raincoat; The Legend Of Bhagat Singh and Zakhm. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Chandni Bar; Hey Ram and Page 3. ” - ekhasinathi
Akshaye Khanna
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 Putra...
“ His best performances include Aaja Nachle; Dil Chahta Hai and Gandhi, My Father. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include 1942: A Love Story; Parinda and Virasat. ” - ekhasinathi
Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. After having appeared in films as a child actor in the 1980s, Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai for which Roshan earned his Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Male Debut. In 2001, he went on to appear in the melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham......
“ His best performances include Jodhaa Akbar; Lakshya and Luck By Chance. ” - ekhasinathi
Sanjay Dutt
He belongs to a village near district Yamuna Nagar (Haryana). The village's name is Mandhaulli. His beloved mom's (Nargis Dutt) memorial grave is still there on the bank of river Yamuna. Is great friends with director Sanjay Gupta, actor Aditya Pancholi, actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar and actor Sunil Shetty...
“ His best performances include Lage Raho Munnabhai; Munnabhai MBBS; Saajan and Vaastav. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Black Friday; Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Sarkar. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Chaudvin Ka Chand; Pyaasa and Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam. ” - ekhasinathi
Arshad Warsi
Arshad Warsi was born in Mumbai, India, and did his schooling at a boarding school, Barnes School, Deolali in Nashik district, Maharashtra. He was orphaned at the age of 14 and struggled for a living in Mumbai during his early days. Financial circumstances forced Warsi to start work as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman at age 17...
“ His best performances include Munnabhai MBBS; Ishqiya and Lage Raho Munnabhai. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Chameli; Mr. and Mrs. Iyer and Pyar Ke Side Effects. ” - ekhasinathi
Abhay Deol
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 acting course...
“ His best performances include Dev D; Manorama Six Feet Under; Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Socha Na Tha. ” - ekhasinathi
Abhishek Bachchan
Actor, Dhoom
Aquarian Abhishek Srivastav was born in February 5, 1976, son of Bollywood mega-stars, Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh Bachchan, brother to Shweta, uncle to her two children (Navya Naveli & Agastye), and the grandson of Harivansh Rai Srivastav, Hindu and Urdu poet, who wrote under the pen-name of Harivansh Rai Bachchan...
“ His best performances include Guru; Paa and Yuva. ” - ekhasinathi
“ His best performances include Dor; Iqbal and Welcome to Sajjanpur. ” - ekhasinathi
Shahid Kapoor
Actor, Jab We Met
Shahid's rise to stardom reads like a bollywood script: from a struggler to a winner. With his hard work, perseverance and sincerity, he has written his own destiny. Shahid is a mine of unabashed talent and spark, beneath his calm and innocent veneer. Shahid Kapoor is young and vibrant, with a magnetic charm and easy going candour that sets him apart from the rest...
“ His best performances include Jab We Met; Kaminey and Vivaah. ” - ekhasinathi
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...
“ His best performances include Rajneeti; Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year and Wake Up Sid. ” - ekhasinathi