Famous Indian Actors

India is a land of cultural diversity and much of this is visible in Indian cinema as well. Though most of you would denote Indian cinema with Bollywood, note that Indian cinematic culture spans across its varied states and culture. Each region has its own history of film-making and its own legends to reckon with. While some of them became national heroes and torch-bearers of the world of acting, the rest are popular mass champions. However, what binds them all together is their love for entertainment, abundant talent, overwhelming performance and exceptional acting skills. Be it Rajnikanth or Amitabh Bachchan, Raj Kapoor or Mohanlal, Shahrukh Khan or Kamal Hassan, Anil Kapoor or Salman Khan, Indian actors have done their country proud with their cinematic excellence. Interestingly, Indian actors cannot be stereotyped into a particular type of cinema. They have made their presence felt in both art and commercial movies and brought home numerous accolades and honors for their accomplishments. It is to these reel-life heroes that we dedicate this section. Browse through out following write up and get details about the life and works of famous Indian actors.

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Shah Rukh Khan
(Film actor)

Shah Rukh Khan
28
Birthdate: November 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Referred to as King of Bollywood and King Khan in the media, Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan is considered one of the most successful film stars of the Hindi film indusrty. Beginning his career as a TV actor, he struggled for many years before making it big as a Hindi film star. 

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Amitabh Bachchan
15
Birthdate: October 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
The megastar of Indian film industry, Amitabh Bachchan’s body of work is awe inspiring. From Zanjeer to Sholay and from Black to Paa, he has delivered performances that have become iconic. He is the host of KBC, the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and has also lent his baritone voice to some super hit songs.

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Aamir Khan
(Actor)

Aamir Khan
17
Birthdate: March 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Considered one of India’s most influential and best actors of all time, Aamir Khan is known for his interesting choice of films, which are well-crafted, entertaining and commercially successful. They mostly have a social message and are appreciated both by critics and the people. Sarfarosh, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots, PK and Dangal are some of his acclaimed films.

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Irrfan Khan
9
Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Died: April 29, 2020
Padma Shri- and National Award-winning actor and NSD graduate Irrfan Khan initially worked as an air conditioner repairman in Mumbai before he got a breakthrough in Salaam Bombay! He also impressed international audiences with movies such as The Namesake. He died of a colon infection at 53, leaving behind countless mourning fans.

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Akshay Kumar
14
Birthdate: September 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India

Akshay Kumar is one of the most popular and successful actors of Hindi cinema. He has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as Filmfare Awards, a National Film Award, and Padma Shri. Dubbed Indian Jackie Chan, Akshay Kumar is renowned for performing dangerous stunts in films.

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Hrithik Roshan
15
Birthdate: January 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai

Hrithik Roshan is one of the most popular and highest-paid Indian actors. Also known for his dancing skills, Hrithik has established himself as a style icon and sex symbol over the years. One of the most bankable Indian stars, he started his career with romantic films, eventually finding success as an action hero. 

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Rajinikanth
14
Birthdate: December 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bengaluru, India

Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajinikanth had humble beginnings and had even worked as a coolie and a bus conductor in his younger days. Starting his career with minor plays, he had phenomenal success in Tamil movies and grew up to be one of India’s greatest superstars, earning the nickname Thalaiva.

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Sanjay Dutt
(Actor, Film producer)

Sanjay Dutt
12
Birthdate: July 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Sanjay Dutt is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi movies. One of the most popular actors in India, Dutt is also known for his off-screen controversies; he was arrested in 1993 for possessing illegal weapons. His life and career inspired the 2018 biographical film Sanju where he was played by Ranbir Kapoor.

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Ranbir Kapoor
11
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Son of Bollywood actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Ranbir Kapoor is best known for his roles in Rockstar, Barfi!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and Sanju. Named to Forbes’s Celebrity 100, he has also won six Filmfare Awards. He owns a football team and works for empowerment of women, too.

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Salman Khan
(He is also known as the host of the reality show, Bigg Boss since 2010)

Salman Khan
19
Birthdate: December 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, and television personality. Best known for his contribution to the Hindi film industry, Salman Khan is regarded as one of the most bankable and highest-paid actors in India. He is also known for his off-screen controversies and legal troubles; in 2018 he was sentenced to five years in prison for killing a blackbuck.

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Vijay
(actor, film actor)

Vijay
13
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jaffna

Vijay is an Indian film actor, playback singer, and philanthropist. He is best known for his contribution to the Tamil film industry. With a significant fan following worldwide, Vijay is one of the most popular and highest-paid actors in south India. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Vijay is credited with founding a social welfare organization named Vijay People Organization.

Sushant Singh Rajput
22
Birthdate: January 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Patna, Bihar, India
Died: June 14, 2020

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Prabhas
(Actor)

Prabhas
13
Birthdate: October 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai

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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Farhan Akhtar
(Actor & Director)

Farhan Akhtar
6
Birthdate: January 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Born to legendary screenwriter and poet Javed Akhtar and actor and screenwriter Honey Irani, Farhan Akhtar was destined to be part of the film industry. His debut directorial venture Dil Chahta Hai won him a National Award, following which he delivered stunning performances in films such as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

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Dilip Kumar
8
Birthdate: December 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan
Died: July 7, 2021

An iconic figure of Indian cinema, actor Dilip Kumar has delivered hits like Madhumati, Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam and Kohinoor in his six decades career. His brilliant portrayal of tragic roles had earned him the nickname of The Tragedy King. The veteran actor has been the recipient of prestigious honours like Filmfare Awards, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

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Mahesh Babu
10
Birthdate: August 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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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Allu Arjun
(Actor)

Allu Arjun
11
Birthdate: April 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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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Dharmendra
(Actor)

Dharmendra
8
Birthdate: December 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab

Dharmendra is considered to be one of the most successful, popular and handsome actors in the history of Indian film industry. Though he is known for his action roles, he has done a wide range of Hindi films. Sholay, Bandini, Anupma, Phool Aur Paththar, Seeta Aur Geeta, Chupke Chupke, Satyakam and Azaad are some of his notable films.

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Anil Kapoor
12
Birthdate: December 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay State, India

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Vijay Devarakonda
10
Birthdate: May 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Achampet, Telangana

Vijay Devarakonda is an Indian actor best known for his work in the Telugu film industry. He achieved national recognition for his performance in the 2017 film Arjun Reddy, which was remade in Tamil and Hindi languages. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Devarakonda founded a non-profit organization called The Deverakonda Foundation in 2019.

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Ajith Kumar
(Raider, Racing driver, Actor)

Ajith Kumar
10
Birthdate: May 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Secunderabad

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Ram Charan
(Actor)

Ram Charan
6
Birthdate: March 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Vicky Kaushal
4
Birthdate: May 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Saif Ali Khan
7
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Noted for his performances in a range of film genres, Indian actor Saif Ali Khan is counted among the top actors in Bollywood. Even though he made his debut in the early 1990s, it took him many years to establish himself. His career saw a resurgence in the 2000s, and he went on to win critical praise for his work.

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Shahid Kapoor
9
Birthdate: February 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Three-time Filmfare Award-winner Shahid Kapoor has mesmerized his audiences with his versatile performances in Hindi films such as Jab We Met, Haider, Kaminey, Udta Punjab, and Kabir Singh. Despite having actor parents, Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem, Shahid had humble beginnings as a background dancer before he entered mainstream Bollywood.

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Mammootty
(actor, film producer, screenwriter, film actor)

Mammootty
8
Birthdate: September 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chempu

National Film Award- and Padma Shri-winning Indian Malyali actor Muhammad Kutty Panaparambil Ismail, or Mammootty, is a superstar in Southern India. Initially a lawyer, he later soared to fame with films such as Vidheyan and Mathilukal. He also chairs Malayalam Communications and is devoted to medical and other charitable causes.

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The Great Khali
(Professional Wrestler)

The Great Khali
6
Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dhiraina, Himachal Pradesh, India
The Great Khali, with a towering height of 7’ 1”, was named the 8th-tallest professional wrestler in history, in 2014. He was earlier a Punjab Police officer. He became the first Indian-born winner of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and has also appeared in several Hollywood and Bollywood films.

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Varun Dhawan
10
Birthdate: April 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Actor Varun Dhawan, son of Indian film director David Dhawan, initially assisted director Karan Johar. Fans loved his award-winning debut in Student of the Year. He has also appeared in films such as Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badlapur, and has been featured on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 multiple times.

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Raj Kapoor
(Actor, Film producer)

Raj Kapoor
6
Birthdate: December 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Died: June 2, 1988

Raj Kapoor was an Indian film actor, producer, and director best remembered for his contribution to the Hindi film industry. The recipient of 11 Filmfare Awards and three National Film Awards, Raj Kapoor is regarded as one of the greatest Indian actors of all time. In 1987, he was honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest honor in cinema.

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Tiger Shroff
12
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai

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Ranveer Singh
10
Birthdate: July 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

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N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
(Actor, Dancer)

N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
4
Birthdate: May 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hyderabad

Nicknamed the Young Tiger and Jr. NTR, N. T. Rama Rao Jr. is the grandson of legendary Telugu actor-politian N.T. Rama Rao. A talented Kuchipudi dancer in his youth, he was a child actor, too. Now known for films such as Nannaku Prematho and Yamadonga, he also won two Filmfare Awards.

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Dulquer Salmaan
(Indian Actor Who Predominantly Works in Malayalam Language Films)

Dulquer Salmaan
5
Birthdate: July 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kochi, Kerala, India

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Vikram
(Brand Ambassador of Sanjeevani Trust and a School for Special Children, Vidya Sudha)

Vikram
4
Birthdate: April 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Sidharth Malhotra
3
Birthdate: January 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Delhi

Sidharth Malhotra is an Indian actor who works predominantly in Hindi language films. Also known for his charity work, Malhotra has collaborated with organizations, such as PETA to raise awareness about dogs. In 2013, he performed at an event to raise funds for the victims affected by a flood in Uttarakhand.

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Govinda
(actor, politician)

Govinda
6
Birthdate: December 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Virar

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Dhanush
(Actor)

Dhanush
5
Birthdate: February 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Suriya
(Actor who had his first major commercial success with the thriller, Kaakha Kaakha (2003))

Suriya
5
Birthdate: July 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui
5
Birthdate: May 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budhana

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Shashi Kapoor
(Actor, Film director, Film producer)

Shashi Kapoor
6
Birthdate: March 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kolkata

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Rishi Kapoor
7
Birthdate: September 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: April 30, 2020

Rishi Kapoor was an Indian actor, director, and producer best remembered for his work in Hindi cinema. One of the most popular Indian actors of his generation, Kapoor was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards. In 2008, he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi films.

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Kamal Haasan
(Actor, Director & Producer, Who Primarily Works in Tamil Cinema)

Kamal Haasan
8
Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India

Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, director, producer, screenwriter, dancer, lyricist, playback singer, politician, and humanitarian. With 19 Filmfare Awards and four National Film Awards under his belt, Haasan is widely regarded as one of the finest Indian actors of all time. Kamal Haasan is credited with influencing a generation of actors and introducing new technologies to Indian cinema.

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Kishore Kumar
(Indian playback singer)

Kishore Kumar
3
Birthdate: August 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khandwas, India
Died: October 13, 1987

A man of many talents, Kishore Kumar was an Indian actor, filmmaker, writer, music director, lyricist, and playback singer. One of the most popular Indian singers of his generation, Kishore Kumar sang in different genres and multiple Indian languages. In 1997, the Kishore Kumar Award was initiated for his contributions to Hindi cinema. Despite marrying four times, he remained a loner.

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Amrish Puri
5
Birthdate: June 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nawanshahr, Jullundur, Punjab, British India
Died: January 12, 2005

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Kartik Aaryan
4
Birthdate: November 22, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Ajay Devgn
(Actor)

Ajay Devgn
3
Birthdate: April 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Ajay Devgn, a two-time National Award winner, has also been honored with the Padma Shri. The son of stuntman Veeru Devgan, he began his career with the blockbuster hit Phool Aur Kaante. He later delivered stellar performances in films such as Dilwale and Zakhm, and now owns a production company.

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Rana Daggubati
(Film producer, Actor)

Rana Daggubati
4
Birthdate: December 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chennai

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Ayushmann Khurrana
(Famous for His Portrayals of Ordinary Men Often Battling Social Norms)

Ayushmann Khurrana
4
Birthdate: September 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

Known for his critically acclaimed roles in films such as Andhadhun and Vicky Donor, Ayushmann Khurrana is also a fine singer, with songs such as Paani da to his credit. The National Award-winning actor is also a former winner of MTV Roadies and has been an anchor, too.

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Rajkummar Rao
(Film actor)

Rajkummar Rao
3
Birthdate: August 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gurugram, Haryana, India

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Abhishek Bachchan
(Actor, Film producer who won him three consecutive Filmfare Award after Dilip Kumar to win 3 Filmfare awards consecutively)

Abhishek Bachchan
5
Birthdate: February 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India