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A. R. Rahman
(One of the Most Famous Indian Film Composers)
A. R. Rahman
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn

A. R. Rahman is an Indian film composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Rahman is one of the most decorated and celebrated musicians in Indian history. He was won several prestigious awards including two Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award. In 2009, he was named among the 100 most influential people in Time.

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Rekha
(Actor, Politician)
Rekha
31
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
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Mahesh Babu
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Birthdate: August 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo

Mahesh Babu is one of the most popular and highest-paid South Indian film actors. He is also one of the most celebrated, decorated, and bankable actors of the Telugu film industry. A well-known philanthropist, Mahesh Babu donates 30 percent of his annual income to charity organizations. In 2013, he became the goodwill ambassador of a non-profit organization called Heal-a-child Foundation.

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Prabhas
(Actor)
Prabhas
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Birthdate: October 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra

Prabhas is an Indian film actor best known for his contribution to the Telugu film industry. He achieved national recognition when he played the title role in the second highest-grossing Indian film, Baahubali. He is also one of the highest-paid Indian actors and has been featured in the Celebrity 100 list by Forbes India on multiple occasions.

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Allu Arjun
(One of the Highest Paid Actors in South India and Also Known for His Dancing)
Allu Arjun
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Birthdate: April 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries

Allu Arjun is an Indian actor best known for his work in the Telugu film industry. A recipient of three Nandi Awards and five Filmfare Awards South, Arjun is one of the most bankable actors in south India. He is also one of the highest-paid actors and has been included in the Celebrity 100 list by Forbes India since 2014.

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Pete Best
(Drummer of the English Rock Band 'The Beatles')
Pete Best
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Pete Best is an English musician and drummer. Sometimes referred to as the Fifth Beatle, Best worked with the Beatles during the band's early years but was dismissed from the band in 1962. Pete Best has been depicted in many movies about the Beatles. In the 1979 film, Birth of the Beatles, Best was portrayed by Ryan Michael.

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Ram Charan
(Actor)
Ram Charan
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Birthdate: March 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Ravichandran Ashwin
(Indian International Cricketer Who Plays as a Bowling All-Rounder)
Ravichandran Ashwin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo

One of the best all-rounders of the Indian cricket team, Ravichandran Ashwin is best known for popularizing the soduku ball technique. He is also the only bowler apart from Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis to bowl the carrom ball. The Arjuna Award winner is the son of a Chennai-based cricketer.

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Indra Nooyi
(Former Chairperson & CEO of PepsiCo)
Indra Nooyi
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American business executive known for her association with PepsiCo where she served as the chief executive officer from 2006 to 2018. Often ranked among the most powerful women, Nooyi was named in Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2014. In 2017, she was named in the magazine's 19 Most Powerful Women in Business list.

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Shyamala Gopalan
(Progesterone receptor biology and applications to breast cancer)
Shyamala Gopalan
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 11, 2009
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
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Nasser Hussain
(Former Cricketer Who Captained the England Cricket Team Between 1999 and 2003)
Nasser Hussain
1
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries

Born to an Indian Muslim father and a British mother in Madras, Nasser Hussain moved to England with his family, as a child. At 12, he was the youngest to join the Essex Under-15 cricket team. He grew up to become one of the best English Test cricket captains.

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R. K. Narayan
(Indian Author Known for His known for His Work Set in the Fictional South Indian Town of Malgudi)
R. K. Narayan
113
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 10, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 13, 2001

Remembered as one of the greatest authors of Indian literature in English, R. K. Narayan created the iconic character Swami and related his experiences set in the fictional town of Malgudi. The Sahitya Akademi and Padma Vibhushan winner was also the brother of cartoonist R.K. Laxman.

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Suriya
(Actor who had his first major commercial success with the thriller, Kaakha Kaakha (2003))
Suriya
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Birthdate: July 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Dhanush
(Actor)
Dhanush
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Birthdate: February 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Samantha Ruth Prabhu
(One of the Leading Indian Actresses in Telugu and Tamil Film Industries)
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
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Birthdate: April 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Samantha Akkineni is one of South India's go-to actresses when it comes to playing the female lead in romantic-comedy films. One of the most bankable actresses, she works hard to raise funds for the Pratyusha Support charitable trust, which she founded in 2014. She also donates her earnings from inauguration events, endorsements, and product launches to support the foundation.
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Vikram
(One of the Most Decorated Actors in Tamil Cinema)
Vikram
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Birthdate: April 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Shruti Haasan
(Actress & Daughter of Kamal Haasan)
Shruti Haasan
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Birthdate: January 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Rana Daggubati
(Indian Actor and Producer)
Rana Daggubati
8
Birthdate: December 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Trisha
(Actress)
Trisha
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Birthdate: May 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Mahesh Bhupathi
(Indian Former Doubles World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Mahesh Bhupathi
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini

Mahesh Bhupathi is an Indian former professional tennis player best known for his partnership with fellow Indian doubles player Leander Paes. A former doubles world No. 1, Bhupathi achieved a mixed doubles career Grand Slam in 2006, joining an elite list of eight players. He also won four Grand Slams in men's doubles during his illustrious career.

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Anirudh Ravichander
(Composer)
Anirudh Ravichander
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra

Anirudh Ravichander is an Indian singer and film composer. He achieved international recognition in 2012 when his debut track Why This Kolaveri Di went viral on the internet. Since then, Anirudh has been an important composer in the Tamil film industry. Over the years, he has received several prestigious awards like Edison Awards, Vijay Awards, and Mirchi Music Awards South.

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Jayam Ravi
(Actor, Film actor)
Jayam Ravi
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Birthdate: September 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Dinesh Karthik
(Indian Professional Cricketer and Commentator)
Dinesh Karthik
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik initially played for the Tamil Nadu youth teams and then made his Indian cricket-team debut in 2004. He has also captained the IPL team KKR and has appeared on the reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina. He is now married to squash player Dipika Pallikal.
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G. V. Prakash Kumar
(Composer)
G. V. Prakash Kumar
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini

G. V. Prakash Kumar is an Indian film composer, singer, producer, and actor. After starting his career as a music composer in Tamil films, Prakash Kumar went on to establish himself as an actor. One of the most acclaimed music composers in the Tamil film industry, Prakash Kumar has received several prestigious awards like Filmfare Awards South and MTV Awards.

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Nandamuri Balakrishna
(Actor, Politician)
Nandamuri Balakrishna
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Tiruvalluvar
(Poet)
Tiruvalluvar
1
Listed In: Writers

Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar, also known as Valluvar, had written some of the finest masterpieces of Tamil literature, such as his collection of couplets, Tirukkural. His towering statue adorns the coast of Kanyakumari, the southern-most tip of India. He is also known as the patron saint of bus drivers in Chennai.

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Sriram Raghavan
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Sriram Raghavan
2
Birthdate: June 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Aishwarya R. Dhanush
(Indian Film Director and Daughter of Actor Rajinikanth)
Aishwarya R. Dhanush
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Birthdate: January 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Apart from being the daughter of Indian megastar Rajinikanth, Aishwarya R. Dhanush is also the wife of actor Dhanush. She is a singer and director in her own right, too, and directed her husband in the movie 3. She was also nominated for a Filmfare for the song Un Mela Aasadhan.

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Naga Chaitanya
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Birthdate: November 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Naga Chaitanya is an Indian actor who predominantly works in the Telugu film industry. Having starred in some of the most successful and profitable Telugu films, Naga Chaitanya is regarded as one of the most bankable young actors of the industry.

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Arvind Swamy
(Actor, TV presenter television presenter known for his work in Tamil cinema)
Arvind Swamy
2
Birthdate: June 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Lisa Haydon
(Actress, Model)
Lisa Haydon
0
Birthdate: June 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Ravi Zacharias
(Philosopher)
Ravi Zacharias
4
Birthdate: March 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 19, 2020

Born in India, Ravi Zacharias was attracted to Christianity while recovering in hospital following a suicide attempt. He moved to Canada and then to the U.S., and gained fame as a Christian apologist and as the host of Let My People Think. He was later accused of sexual abuse.

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Silambarasan
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Songwriter)
Silambarasan
7
Birthdate: February 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Vyjayanthimala
(Film actress, Politician)
Vyjayanthimala
2
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: August 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo

Vyjayanthimala is an Indian actress and dancer who played a major role in the Hindi film industry during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the most popular actresses of all time, Vyjayanthimala is also known for her contribution to South Indian movies. She is the recipient of several awards, including Filmfare Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards at International film festivals.   

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Regina Cassandra
(actor)
Regina Cassandra
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Birthdate: December 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Keerthy Suresh
(Indian Actress Who Aappears Ppredominantly in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam Films)
Keerthy Suresh
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Birthdate: October 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra

Keerthy Suresh is an Indian film actress best known for her work in the Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu film industries. She achieved popularity in 2018 when she portrayed yesteryear actress Savitri in the biographical drama film Mahanati for which she won the National Film Award. She has also won other prestigious awards like Filmfare Awards South and Edison Awards Tamil.

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Meena
(Actress)
Meena
4
Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Ramya Krishnan
(Actress)
Ramya Krishnan
7
Birthdate: September 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Yuvan Shankar Raja
(Actor)
Yuvan Shankar Raja
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Birthdate: August 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo

Yuvan Shankar Raja is a music composer and singer-songwriter. He is credited with introducing hip-hop to the Tamil music industry and became one of the most sought-after Tamil composers in 2000s. In 2006, he won the Cyprus International Film Festival Award, becoming the first Indian composer to win the award. He has also won other awards like Filmfare Awards South.

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Gukesh D
(Indian Chess Grandmaster)
Gukesh D
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 2006
Sun Sign: Gemini

Gukesh D is an Indian chess player who became the third-youngest player in history to qualify for the Grandmaster title, which was awarded to him by FIDE in March 2019. At the Asian Youth Chess Championships in 2018, Gukesh won five gold medals in different formats.

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Kasthuri
(Actress)
Kasthuri
3
Birthdate: May 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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K. S. Ravikumar
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter)
K. S. Ravikumar
2
Birthdate: May 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Selvaraghavan
(film director, screenwriter)
Selvaraghavan
1
Birthdate: March 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Mysskin
(Film Director)
Mysskin
4
Birthdate: September 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
 45 
Vidya Vox
(American Youtuber and Singer)
Vidya Vox
13
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: September 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
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Karthik
(singer)
Karthik
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Vishal Krishna
Vishal Krishna
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Birthdate: August 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Engelbert Humperdinck
(Composer)
Engelbert Humperdinck
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 27, 1921
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Dipika Pallikal Karthik
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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M. K. Stalin
(Politician, Actor)
M. K. Stalin
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces