My Favourite Actors in Indian Cinema

by NaimishM | created - 18 May 2015 | updated - 30 Mar 2017 | Public

The absolute best of Indian cinema. All class and 100% talent. No disrespect meant to anyone. These are just the people who I believe to be the best in their craft. Except for Mr Bachchan, Mehmood sahab and Sanjeev Kumar rest are in no particular order.

1. Amitabh Bachchan

Actor | Black

Son of well known poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. He has a brother named Ajitabh. He completed his education from Uttar Pradesh and moved to Bombay to find work as a film star, in vain though, as film-makers preferred someone with a fairer skin, and he was not quite fair enough. But ...

2. Mehmood

Actor | Bombay to Goa

Mehmood was born on September 29, 1932 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. He is known for his work on Bombay to Goa (1972), Do Phool (1974) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994). He died on July 23, 2004 in Pennsylvania, USA.

3. 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 ...

4. Kamal Haasan

Actor | Vishwaroopam

Kamal Haasan was born November 7, 1954 in Paramakudi, Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu. He debuted as a child artiste in the film "Kalathoor Kannamma" (1960). Since then, he has starred in nearly 220 films in the major Indian languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He has been a...

5. Balraj Sahni

Writer | Baazi

Balraj Sahni was born on May 1, 1913 in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India. He was an actor and writer, known for Baazi (1951), Kabuliwala (1961) and Suhag Sindoor (1961). He was married to Santosh Chandhok and Damayanti Sahni. He died on April 13, 1973 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

6. Motilal

Actor | Devdas

Motilal was born on December 4, 1910 in Shimla, Punjab, British India as Motilal Rajvansh. He was an actor and director, known for Devdas (1955), Chhoti Chhoti Baatein (1965) and Sach Hai (1939). He died on June 17, 1965 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

7. Aamir Khan

Actor | Taare Zameen Par

Aamir is doubtless one of the most dedicated actors in this world. With his recent successes in both the Indian and Chinese markets he has shouldered his way into becoming one of the world's biggest superstars. Undergoing rapid transformations in his body structure to better embody the variegated ...

8. Mohanlal

Actor | Dasharatham

Mohanlal was born to Viswanathan Nair (father) and Santhakumari (mother) in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, in the southern part of India on 21st May 1960. Starting his career with a classic villain role, he has now become an outstanding actor of Malayalam Cinema in Kerala. Without no doubt, ...

9. Naseeruddin Shah

Actor | A Wednesday

Naseeruddin Shah was born on July 20, 1950 in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is known for his work on A Wednesday (2008), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) and Iqbal (2005). He has been married to Ratna Pathak Shah since April 1, 1982. They have three children.

10. Om Puri

Actor | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Om Puri was 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 ...

11. Amrish Puri

Actor | Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

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...

12. 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 ...

13. Irrfan Khan

Actor | The Lunchbox

Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan, in Jaipur, Rajasthan (NW India) January 7, 1967 to a Pashto-speaking Muslim family. Khan's mother, Begum Khan, was from the Tonk Hakim family and his father, Jagirdar Khan, from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district, ran a tire business.

The Khan family name ...

14. Dilip Prabhavalkar

Actor | Lage Raho Munna Bhai

Dilip Prabhavalkar was born on August 4, 1944 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. He is an actor and writer, known for Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Shevri (2006) and Encounter: The Killing (2002).

15. Raj Kapoor

Actor | Mera Naam Joker

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 (1948), with his new company, RK Films. His next ...

16. Hrithik Roshan

Actor | Super 30

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor, born on 10th January 1974, well known globally for his versatile roles, unmatchable dancing skills and attractive looks.

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 (2000) for ...

17. Dev Anand

Actor | Kala Bazar

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 ...

18. 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 ...

19. Om Prakash

Actor | Dus Lakh

Om Prakash was born on December 19, 1919 in Lahore, Punjab, British India as Om Prakash Bakshi. He was an actor and director, known for Dus Lakh (1966), Namak Halaal (1982) and Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966). He died on February 12, 1998 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

20. 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 ...

21. Ashok Kumar

Actor | Mahal

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 (1936), who fell ill before ...

22. Utpal Dutt

Actor | Agantuk

Utpal Dutt was born on March 29, 1929 in Barisal, Bengal Presidency, British India. He was an actor and director, known for The Stranger (1991), Hanky Panky (1979) and Bhuvan Shome (1969). He was married to Sova Sen. He died on August 19, 1993 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

23. Danny Denzongpa

Actor | Baby

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 ...

24. Nana Patekar

Actor | Krantiveer

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 (2004), Rajneeti (2010) and Parinda (1989). He made his acting debut in the early 70's and since then has been nominated for multiple ...

25. Paresh Rawal

Actor | Hera Pheri

Paresh Rawal was born on May 30, 1950 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India. He is a producer and actor, known for Hera Pheri (2000), OMG: Oh My God! (2012) and Hungama (2003). He is married to Swaroop Sampat. They have two children.

26. Asrani

Actor | Sholay

Asrani was born in a middle class Sindhi family. His father migrated to Jaipur after the Partition of India and opened a shop selling carpets. He has four sisters and three brothers: two elder and one younger. Asrani was highly uninterested in business and very weak in mathematics. He completed his...

27. Boman Irani

Actor | 3 Idiots

Boman Irani is an Indian actor, voice artist, screenplay mentor and photographer. As an actor, he works primarily in Hindi cinema and theatre. He joined theatre in his late 30's and moved to on-screen acting in 2000. Irani gained attention for his role in the 2003 comedy-drama, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S ...

28. 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 ten 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 ...

29. Pran

Actor | Zanjeer

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 ...

30. Kader Khan

Actor | Taqdeerwala

Kader Khan was born on December 11, 1937 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was an actor and writer, known for Taqdeerwala (1995), Naseeb (1981) and Angaar (1992). He was married to Azra Khan. He died on December 31, 2018 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

31. Anupam Kher

Actor | Silver Linings Playbook

Anupam Kher was born on March 7, 1955 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. He is an actor and producer, known for Silver Linings Playbook (2012), A Wednesday (2008) and M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). He has been married to Kirron Kher since August 25, 1985. They have one child.

32. 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 1971-1997. Dharmendra has appeared in 306 films.

He is known as 'Garam' Dharam in ...

33. Ranbir Kapoor

Actor | Rockstar

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 ...

34. Shahid Kapoor

Actor | Haider

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 ...

35. Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Actor | Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Nawazuddin Siddiqui (born 1974) also known as Nowaz is an Indian film actor who has appeared in some of Bollywood's major films including, Black Friday (2004), New York (2009), Peepli Live (2010), Kahani (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 (2012).

Early life and ...



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