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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 1 Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan.
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Famous As: Film actor
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. 

 2 Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan.
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Famous As: Actor
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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 3 Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan.
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Famous As: Actor
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. 

 4 Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 5 Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Died: April 29, 2020

 6 Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bengaluru, India

 7 Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: July 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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 8 Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 9 Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 10 Dharmendra

Dharmendra.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 11 Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 12 Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay State, India

 13 Chiranjeevi

Chiranjeevi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mogalthur, Andhra State, India

Chiranjeevi is an Indian actor best known for his work in the Telugu film industry. In an illustrious career spanning more than four decades, Chiranjeevi has received many prestigious awards for his contribution to Indian cinema. In 2006, he was honored with India's third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan. He is often considered one of the biggest stars in India.

 14 Mammootty

Mammootty
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Famous As: actor, film producer, screenwriter, film actor
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.

 15 Shashi Kapoor

Shashi Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: March 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kolkata

 16 N. T. Rama Rao

N. T. Rama Rao
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nimmakuru, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: January 18, 1996

 17 Amrish Puri

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

 18 Sunny Deol

Sunny Deol
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: October 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Delhi

 19 Vijay

Vijay
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Famous As: actor, film actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jaffna

 20 Govinda

Govinda
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Famous As: actor, politician
Birthdate: December 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Virar

 21 Prabhas

Prabhas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai

 22 Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chennai

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.

 23 Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 24 Salman Khan

Salman Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Indore, India

 25 Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 26 Allu Arjun

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

 27 Vijay Devarakonda

Vijay Devarakonda.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 28 Sushant Singh Rajput

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

 29 Rishi Kapoor

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

 30 Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 31 Ajith Kumar

Ajith Kumar
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Famous As: Raider, Racing driver, Actor
Birthdate: May 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Secunderabad

 32 Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film director, Choreographer, Singer, Lyricist, Philanthropist, Composer
Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India

 33 Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai

 34 Nana Patekar

Nana Patekar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murud-Janjira

 35 Ram Charan

Ram Charan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

 36 Kader Khan

Kader Khan
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Famous As: actor, screenwriter,
Birthdate: October 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: December 31, 2018

 37 Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer
Birthdate: December 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Died: June 2, 1988

 38 Dev Anand

Dev Anand
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gurdaspur, Punjab, British India [now Gurdaspur, Punjab, India]
Died: December 3, 2011

 39 Mohanlal

Mohanlal
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: May 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elanthoor

 40 Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna
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Famous As: Actor, Politician, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar
Died: July 18, 2012

 41 Dulquer Salmaan

Dulquer Salmaan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kochi, Kerala, India

 42 Vikram

Vikram
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Famous As: actor, film actor
Birthdate: April 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chennai

 43 Naga Chaitanya

Naga Chaitanya.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu,India

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.

 44 Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 45 Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar.
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Famous As: Indian playback singer
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.

 46 Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film director
Birthdate: March 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shimla

 47 Kartik Aaryan

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

 48 M. G. Ramachandran

M. G. Ramachandran.
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Famous As: Actor, Politician
Birthdate: January 17, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kandy, British Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka)
Died: December 24, 1987

M. G. Ramachandran was an Indian actor-turned-politician who served as the third chief minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He is credited with founding one of the most popular political parties of Tamil Nadu, The AIADMK. Widely regarded as a humanitarian and cultural icon, Ramachandran's portraits can still be seen all over Tamil Nadu.

 49 Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 50 Vinod Khanna

Vinod Khanna
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
Died: April 27, 2017

Vinod Khanna was an Indian actor, film producer, and politician active in the Hindi film industry. One of the most popular male leads in the 1970s and 1980s, he was the recipient of two Filmfare awards. In his later career, he ventured into politics and served one stint as the minister of state for external affairs from 2003 to 2004.