Famous Indian Film & Theater Personalities

Indians are known all over the world for their love of Cinema. In India, films and theater are not only the most common ways of depicting the socio-cultural scenario; they have also been a great source of entertainment for the masses. The great icons from the entertainment industry hold a larger than life stature in the eyes of the commoners and some are literally worshipped. Famous Indian film & theater personalities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Satyajit Ray, Dilip kumar, have left an indelible impression and have been instrumental in making the Indian film industry or Bollywood what it is today. Apart from them, there have been innumerable successful directors, producers, musicians and actors who have contributed greatly to the prosperity of the film industry. Indian entertainment industry is at its zenith and with a vast multitude of young and gifted artists one can say it is destined to get bigger and better. Here we bring you a collection of biographies of some of the most famous Indian film and theatre personalities. Read on and find out all about their life stories, timelines and also acquaint yourself with some interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

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 1 Salman Khan

Salman Khan
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Famous As: Film actor, Actor
Birthdate: December 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 2 Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
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 3 Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
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.

 4 Sridevi

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: February 24, 2018

 5 Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 29, 2020

 6 Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai is one of the most popular and influential celebrities in the country. She began her career as a model and was crowned the Miss World 1994. She started acting soon after and became one of India’s top actresses. Besides acting, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).

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 7 Kriti Sanon

Kriti Sanon
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: July 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
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 8 Rhea Chakraborty

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
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 9 Disha Patani

Disha Patani
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 10 Keerthy Suresh

Keerthy Suresh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 11 Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 12 Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian
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 13 Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

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.

 14 Ranveer Singh

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 15 Prabhas

Prabhas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 16 Saif Ali Khan

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

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.

 17 Vijay

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Famous As: actor, film actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 18 Tamannaah Bhatia

Tamannaah Bhatia
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 19 Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: July 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 20 Kajol

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Padma Shri-winning Indian actor Kajol, daughter of yesteryear actor Tanuja, holds the record for the most Filmfare Award wins as the “Best Actress,” along with Nutan, her aunt. She is known for teaming up with Shah Rukh Khan in hit Hindi films such as Baazigar and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

 21 Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan
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Famous As: Film Actress
Birthdate: January 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 22 Urvashi Rautela

Urvashi Rautela
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 23 Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

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. 

 24 Mahesh Babu

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

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.

 25 Ranbir Kapoor

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
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.

 26 M Night Shyamalan

M Night Shyamalan
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian, American

M Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker who is known for making original films with twist endings and supernatural plots. Born in India to a doctor couple, he moved to USA with his parents when he was a baby. He was expected to pursue medicine like his parents, but he chose a different path and became a filmmaker, finding success in his chosen profession.  

 27 Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee Pannu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 28 Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 29 Sai Pallavi

Sai Pallavi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 30 Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 31 Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Padma Shri-winning actor Madhuri Dixit ruled Bollywood in the 1990s, with her performances in films such as Dil, Beta, and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! The multiple-Filmfare-winning actor is a talented Kathak dancer. She owns a production company and an online dance school, and has also worked with UNICEF.

 32 Shahid Kapoor

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

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.

 33 Amrita Singh

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 34 Allu Arjun

Allu Arjun
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 35 Pooja Hegde

Pooja Hegde
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 36 Jennifer Winget

Jennifer Winget
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: May 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 37 Tabu

Tabu
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 38 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
Nationality: Indian

 39 Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 40 Kriti Kharbanda

Kriti Kharbanda
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 41 Rishi Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 30, 2020

 42 Savitri

Savitri
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 26, 1981

 43 Rani Mukerji

Rani Mukerji
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: March 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 44 Karisma Kapoor

Karisma Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 45 Karan Johar

Karan Johar
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 46 Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
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.

 47 Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 48 Divya Bharti

Divya Bharti
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 5, 1993

 49 Ajith Kumar

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

 50 Manushi Chhillar

Manushi Chhillar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian