The 10 best Hindi film actors

And my favorite too! (From the Golden Era!)

Note: In no particular order.
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1.
Dev Anand
Actor, Guide
Dev Anand was born as Dharam Dev on September 26, 1923, in the Punjabi-speaking Anand family, son to Advocate Pishorimal, younger brother to Chetan and Manmohan, and senior to Vijay. He had one sister, Sheela, who was subsequently married in the Kapur family, and gave birth to actor/film-maker, Shekhar Kapur; two daughters...
“ Amazingly handsome in the 50's and 60's, had great songs picturized on him, and he could act. ;) ” - xFuntoosh
 
2.
Nutan
Actress, Sujata
Fiesty, spiritual, and Bhajan-singing Nutan Samarth was born on 4th June 1936 to actress mother, Shobhana (nee Saroj P. Shilotri) and Director Kumarsen Samarth. Her aunt, Nalini Jaywant (Shobhana's maternal cousin) was a popular actress. Tanuja later married Shomu Mukherjee (brother of Deb and Joy Mukherjee) and sired actresses Kajol and Tanisha. Kajol is the wife of actor Ajay Devgan...
“ Beautiful, and she always starred in films that had the female in an equal part. She is in a class all of her own, with the amazing facial expressions she can pull off! ” - xFuntoosh
 
3.
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...
“ Although he never really was recognized, he did great roles, and you have to admit, handsome too! ” - xFuntoosh
 
4.
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...
“ Back in his prime, he could switch from serious to Junglee mode effortlessly, and his dancing style was matched by no other! ” - xFuntoosh
 
5.
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...
“ The one who ushered in the Golden Era with his films like Kagaz Ke Phool, Pyaasa, and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. ” - xFuntoosh
 
6.
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...
“ Awaara, Shree 420, Anari, all of these roles are to the Showman's credit. No wonder he's among the Big Three of Hindi cinema! :) ” - xFuntoosh
 
7.
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...
“ The first thing that comes to mind is Devdas, and deservedly so! The Tragedy King of Bollywood has many classic films like Naya Daur, Madhumati, and Tarana! Not forgetting Mughal-E-Azam! ” - xFuntoosh
 
8.
Asha Parekh
Actress, Upkar
Asha Parekh was born in a middle-class Gujarati household to a Hindu father, Pranlal Parekh, and a Muslim mother Sudha Parekh on October 2, 1942 in India. Since she was an only child, she became the center of her parents' lives. Her mother enrolled her in classical dance classes at an early age, and Asha excelled at dance to the point where she performed at stage shows...
“ Always alongside Shammi Kapoor, she really can dance, and looks stunning as well. ” - xFuntoosh
 
9.
Saira Banu
Actress, Padosan
Saira was born into a Urdu-speaking family in India. Her mom's name is Naseem Banu. She spent much of her childhood in London and was able to debut in 1961 in a Bollywood movie 'Junglee' opposite Shammi Kapoor. At the age of 22, she got married to Yusuf Khan, alias Bollywood superstar Dilip Kumar...
“ Pretty, cute, and innocent looking, she can do a variety of roles, from the innocent and good natured teasing in Junglee, to the snappy, but still cute girl-next-door in Padosan. ” - xFuntoosh
 
10.
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...
“ How can we ever leave the comedy king out? He makes you laugh in anything he does, and to top it all off, a great voice! ” - xFuntoosh