Most Underrated Bollywood Mainlead Actors/Actresses

by letsmohit | created - 19 Oct 2013 | updated - 19 Oct 2013 | Public

A lot of factors shape careers of movie stars, but many actors mostly got typecast roles and were commercially average draw (usually) over the years. Honestly, sometimes their choices were questionable. Since many of them are still active and signing solo good budget movies I wish them the consistency and success they deserve. Unfortunately, few are dormant or are restricted to character roles nowdays. List & ranking is just an opinion...

P.S. If you are wondering why your favorite critically acclaimed actor/actresses are not here... reread the title and dont quote once in a while exceptions to support your theories.

1. Sunil Shetty

Actor | Main Hoon Na

Sunil Shetty made his debut in 1992 with Balwaan (1992), which was not a major hit. Yet his great acting skills got noticed. For two years success eluded him until action thriller Mohra (1994) came along in 1994. Then followed his success streak with a comical film Gopi Kishan (1994) in which he ...

2. Isha Koppikar

Actress | Don

Coming from a Konkani-speaking Mangalorean family of learned academicians, Isha has herself completed a course in Life Sciences from Ruia College, and was born on September 19, 1976 in Bombay, India. She has a younger brother.

After completing her college course, she contested the 1995 Miss India ...

3. Manoj Bajpayee

Actor | Gangs of Wasseypur

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

4. 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.

5. Chitrangda Singh

Actress | Yeh Saali Zindagi

"You have outdone Smita Patil," said Shekhar Kapur, when he saw Chitrangda Singh's performance in her debut movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003). And he is not the only one. Time and again Chitrangda has been compared to the legendary Smita Patil.

Chitrangda began her career as a model prior to ...

6. 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.

7. Lisa Ray

Actress | Water

Lisa Ray was finishing high school in Canada with aspirations of majoring in Journalism at University when a celebrated fashion magazine approached her to model for them, and she ended up on the cover. This catapulted her into a state of instant celebrity. Her high-profile career got her noticed by...

8. Jimmy Sheirgill

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 ...

9. Tejaswini Kolhapure

Actress | Ugly

Tejaswini Kolhapure is an actress, known for Ugly (2013), Raavan (2010) and Paanch (2003). She is married to Pankaj Saraswat. They have one child.

10. Abhay Deol

Actor | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Abhay is an actor who has never shied away from speaking his mind; a producer who doesn't believe in the 'formula', a film curator with a keen eye for detail and good stories, a painter who's not scared to experiment with colours and a philanthropist who wishes to leverage his position to bring a ...

11. Madhavan

Actor | Vikram Vedha

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 ...

12. Rukhsar Rehman

Actress | PK

Rukhsar Rehman is an actress, known for PK (2014), Uri: The Surgical Strike (2018) and Sarkar (2005).

13. Arjun Rampal

Actor | Om Shanti Om

From Jabalpur, Arjun Rampal went to Delhi to complete his education.

At a party in Delhi, Fasion Designer Rohit Bal spotted Arjun Rampal and cast him as a male model in his shows.

In 1994, Arjun proclaimed the title for 'Society's Face Of The Year'. And soon after went on to become an Indian ...

14. Isha Sharvani

Actress | Iyobinte Pusthakam

Isha is 20 years old who lives at an ashram in Kerala, India. She is trained in gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, ballet, kathak, aerial dance etc. She started dancing at the age of seven and has already performed in 22 countries in the last seven years. Her mother is of Indian-origin, Daksha Seth, ...

15. Vidyut Jammwal

Actor | Thuppakki

Given his elaborate expertise in the martial arts especially the ancient form called Kalaripayattu (which he's trained in since he was all of 4 years old), Vidyut has committed himself to creating a platform for action and stunts in world cinema. His first Bollywood outing Force (a remake of the ...

16. Sammir Dattani

Actor | Mukhbiir

Sammir Dattani was born on January 27, 1982 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor, known for Mukhbiir (2008), Nanna Preethiya Hudugi (2001) and Kutty (2010). He has been married to Ritika Jolly since March 12, 2011.

17. Kimi Katkar

Actress | Dharamyudh

Kimi Katkar was born on December 11, 1965 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. She is an actress, known for Dharamyudh (1988), Sone Pe Suhaaga (1988) and Adventures of Tarzan (1985).

18. Aftab Shivdasani

Actor | Mast

Aftab Shivdasani was born on June 25, 1978 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor and producer, known for Mast (1999), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002) and Masti (2004).

19. Rajeev Khandelwal

Actor | Aamir

Rajeev Khandelwal is an Indian film and television actor. Some of his most notable characters have been Dr. Aamir Ali in the 2008 debut film Aamir and ACP Arvind Mathur who battles his inner demons in Shaitan, the Tinnitus affected DJ from Soundtrack. He also played Vivaan Agasthi in the 2013 ...

20. Richa Chadha

Actress | Gangs of Wasseypur

Richa began her career as a model and then she moved to theater. She has performed plays touring in India and Pakistan. Later, she also received her training under Barry John

Richa acted in the critically acclaimed movie Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! as the character of Dolly, both the movie and her role ...

21. 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 ...

22. Neil Nitin Mukesh

Actor | Johnny Gaddaar

He had a normal childhood, like most other children. He graduated from HR College, with a B.Com degree. At his father's insistence, he has been very focused on his career since he was in the 12th standard. He did a 4-month workshop with Kishore Namit Kapoor and also at Anupam Kher's institute, ...

23. Ali Fazal

Actor | Victoria & Abdul

Ali Fazal was born on October 15, 1986 in Lucknow, India. He is an actor and executive, known for Victoria & Abdul (2017), Fukrey Returns (2017) and Death on the Nile (2022).

24. Raima Sen

Actress | Baishe Srabon

Raima Sen was born on November 11, 1979 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India as Raima Dev Varma. She is an actress, known for Baishe Srabon (2011), The Japanese Wife (2010) and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007).

25. Mohit Ahlawat

Actor | Shagird

Mohit Ahlawat is an actor, known for Shagird (2011), James (2005) and Shiva (2006). He has been married to Sai Parundhare Johar since May 11, 2008.

26. Kunal Khemu

Actor | Go Goa Gone

Kunal Kemmu is an Indian actor and writer, born on 25th May 1983 in Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir. He started his career in acting at a very young age as a child artist in movies like Sir (1993), Zakhm (1998), Raja Hindustani (1996), and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) where his work was highly applauded ...

27. Neetu Chandra

Actress | Never Back Down: Revolt

Neetu Chandra is the most talented and beautiful face of Indian cinema. She has appeared in a number of Hindi and Tamil movies and with every film, she leaves an unforgettable impression of her immense acting skills. And if this is not enough, she holds the Black Belt in Taekwondo (Martial Arts) ...

28. Arshad Warsi

Actor | Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

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...

29. Reema Sen

Actress | Gangs of Wasseypur

Born in Kolkatta, India. Completed her studies and started modelling. Got her first break in Telugu and Tamil films, then started concentrating on Hindi films. A widely and popularly known actress in South India.

30. Mukul Dev

Actor | 21 Sarfarosh Saragarhi 1897

Mukul Dev (born 17 September 1943) is an Indian television actor who is known for his roles of Ravi in Gharwali Uparwali (2000) and in Gharwali Uparwali Aur Sunny (2003), Akash Kapoor in Ek Tukdaa Chaand Ka, Rohit Rajvansh in Kahin Diyaa Jale Kahin Jiyaa, Tilak Chopra in Bhabhi (2002), Arindam ...

31. Vinod Mehra

Actor | Jurm Aur Sazaa

Vinod Mehra was born on February 13, 1945 in Amritsar, Punjab, British India. He is known for his work on Jurm Aur Sazaa (1974), Gurudev (1993) and Parde Ke Peechey (1971). He was married to Kiran, Meena Broca, Bindiya Goswami and Neeta Mehta. He died on October 30, 1990 in Bombay, Maharashtra, ...

32. Chandrachur Singh

Actor | Maachis

Chandrachur Singh was born on October 11, 1968 in New Delhi, India. He is known for his work on Maachis (1996), Josh (2000) and Kya Kehna (2000). He is married to Avantika Kumari . They have one child.

33. Sameera Reddy

Actress | Race

Sameera's versatility as an actress and a trained Indian classical dancer made her perfect for Bollywood films. She debuted in a music video that got her noticed and kick started her movie career as one of the top actresses in India and has appeared in over fifteen films in just four years. She has...

34. Tulip Joshi

Actress | Kabhi Kahin...

Tulip was born in Bombay, India, to a Hindu Gujerati father and a Christian Lebanese mother. As a result she has practiced both Hinduism and Christianity. She participated in and excelled in sports activities. She studied in Bombay, and went to graduate from Mithibai College in Food and Chemistry. ...

35. Sharad S. Kapoor

Actor | Josh

Sharad S. Kapoor was born on February 13, 1976 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Josh (2000), Achena Atithi (1997) and Lakshya (2004).

36. Shabana Raza

Actress | Fiza

Shabana Raza is known for her work on Fiza (2000), Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet (1999) and Acid Factory (2009). She has been married to Manoj Bajpayee since February 23, 2005.

37. 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 Poorna (2017).

38. Sonu Sood

Actor | Jodhaa Akbar

Sonu Sood was born in May 1973 to a entrepreneur and a teacher. He was born in Moga, Punjab but was raised in Nagpur. He has two sisters. He is an engineering graduate. He is married to Sonali and they have a son Ishaant. He was a Mr. India contestant. He is mainly known as the antagonist ...

39. Hemant Birje

Actor | Adventures of Tarzan

Hemant Birje was born on August 19, 1965 in Belgaum, Mysore State, India. He is an actor, known for Adventures of Tarzan (1985), Tarzan's Daughter (2002) and Kaun Kare Kurbanie (1991).

40. Rahul Khanna

Actor | Wake Up Sid

Rahul Khanna was born on June 20, 1972 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor, known for Wake Up Sid (2009), The Emperor's Club (2002) and Bollywood/Hollywood (2002).

41. Milind Soman

Actor | Bajirao Mastani

Milind Soman was born on November 4, 1965 in Scotland. He is an actor and producer, known for Bajirao Mastani (2015), Arn: The Knight Templar (2007) and Arn (2010). He has been married to Ankita Konwar since April 22, 2018. He was previously married to Mylène Jampanoï.

42. Mimoh Chakraborty

Actor | Ishqedarriyaan

Mimoh Chakraborty was born on July 30, 1984 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India as Mahakshay Chakraborty. He is an actor, known for Ishqedarriyaan (2015).

43. Mugdha Godse

Actress | Fashion

Mugdha Godse was born on July 26, 1982 in Pune, Maharashtra, India. She is an actress and producer, known for Fashion (2008), Thani Oruvan (2015) and All the Best: Fun Begins (2009).

44. Sushma Reddy

Actress | Chup Chup Ke

Sushma Reddy is an actress and assistant director, known for Chup Chup Ke (2006), Don (2006) and Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets (2005).

45. Sahila Chaddha

Actress | Africadalli Sheela

Sahila Chaddha is an actress, known for Africadalli Sheela (1986), Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994) and Veerana (1988). She is married to Nimay Bali. They have one child.

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